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Best Appalachian Trail Hikes: Springer Mountain, Georgia, to North Carolina

I want to hike part of the Appalachian Trail with my 16-year-old son this summer. We plan to go for a week. What are the best stretches for a trip like this?

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A:While the sections of the Appalachian Trail in states like North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Maine get all of the glory, this 75-mile stretch of trail in northern Georgia to Dick's Creek Gap is just as spectacular. You’ll cross through forests of mountain laurel and rhododendron, climb grassy peaks straight out of The Sound of Music, and drop into remote, oak-shaded hollows. The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, which maintains this length of trail, can point you in the right direction.

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