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The Best Appalachian Trail Hikes     Photo: Compass Points Media

Q:

What Are the Best Appalachian Trail Hikes?

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?

A:With the possible exception of the Pennsylvania section, which is mined with foot-stabbing stones, you can pick pretty much any part of the Appalachian Trail and have a good time. But if you're asking me to choose my favorite parts of the AT, I'd have to go with one of these three, which come in first because of the uniqueness of their scenery.

Presidential Range, New Hampsire
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Springer Mountain, Georgia, to North Carolina

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