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The gap has been a major thoroughfare between the Piedmont and the Shenandoah Valley since before the European colonization of the area. Native Americans originally cut a trail through the gap that continued to be used by white settlers. The gap was known as Williams’ Gap until the early 1780s, when the modern name began to be used. The gap derived its name from Edward Snickers, who owned the gap and surrounding land and operated a ferry across the Shenandoah River on the western side of the gap. By the late 18th century the Snickersville Turnpike and the Snickers Gap Turnpike were completed, and Snickers Gap became the main thoroughfare between Loudoun County and the Shenandoah, bypassing Keyes Gap, which to that point had been the preferred route. The two turnpikes joined at Snickersville (present-day Bluemont) and then proceeded over the gap to Winchester. The toll at the gap persisted well into the 20th century. The Snickers Gap turnpike was eventually made into Virginia State Route 7, and the toll was dropped. The gap was the scene of many small American Civil War skirmishes, and part of the Battle of Cool Spring (sometimes referred to as the “Battle of Snicker’s Gap”) took place there.During the autumn bird migration the gap is a favored spot for birdwatchers to count and study the many raptors that follow the ridge on their way south.

At 1,056 feet (322 m) the gap is approximately 300 to 600 feet (91 to 183 m) below the adjacent ridge line and 400 to 600 feet (120 to 180 m) above the surrounding countryside. Due to the dwindling height of the Blue Ridge as it approaches the Potomac River, Snickers Gap is one of the lowest wind gaps of the ridge in Virginia, with only Manassas Gap and the adjacent Keyes Gap being lower. The gap connects the northern Virginia piedmont with the lower Shenandoah Valley and serves as a main thoroughfare between the two regions.

Snickers Gap, originally William’s Gap, is a wind gap in the Blue Ridge Mountain on the border of Loudoun County and Clarke County in Virginia. The gap is traversed by Virginia State Route 7. The Appalachian Trail also passes across the gap. Bear’s Den and Raven Rocks are adjacent to the gap.
The A.T. reaches its lowest point where it crosses the Hudson River, just before a rugged climb up Anthony’s Nose. This is a short but very steep section of the trail, able to be hiked in a single day or afternoon. For a side trip, the 3.7-mile Camp Smith Trail connects the A.T. to panoramic views, including of the faraway skyline of New York City.Blue Mountain’s ridge offers glorious views of Pennsylvania’s farm landscapes at numerous points of interest including the Cliffs, Bake Oven Knob, and the notable Pinnacle. At the heart is Hawk Mountain, known for hosting thousands of migrating raptors every fall, and an excellent day trip for Philadelphia-area Wilderness lovers. The section from Port Clinton to Lehigh GapBreak has five designated shelters and campsites if you’re planning a multi-day adventure, or it can be hiked in shorter parts.

Are Snickers the same in UK and USA?
Joe: And in the US, the rule is our milk chocolate must contain no less than 10% of chocolate liquor, which is a roughly equal mix of cocoa solids and cocoa butter. Also, it’s worth pointing out for Snickers specifically, you’ll notice our version contains corn syrup, whereas the UK Snickers has glucose syrup.
This part of the trail at the southern end of the A.T. may not get as much attention as others, but it is no less impressive. From northern Georgia to southern North Carolina, forests of mountain laurel lead to grassy peaks which drop into quiet, shady valleys of oak. The Benton MacKaye Trail is less than a hal-mile from Springer’s summit and is actually the original A.T. footpath. Although this section is a longer journey, it is generally the first one for thru-hikers who prefer to enjoy milder southern climates in spring and can begin to fully prepare for the most challenging sections at the northern end.

If you are looking for an epic trail to hike, there isn’t one more worthy than the legendary Appalachian Trail. Initiated by Benton MacKaye, a founder of The Wilderness Society, this trail has become a classic wilderness experience. It extends over 2,000 miles through 14 Eastern states, so a “thru-hike” can take several months.Starting at Monson, Maine, the A.T. careens through its esteemed 100-Mile Wilderness, the longest stretch that doesn’t cross a paved road. The first 30 include the 60-foot Lower Wilson Falls, sugar maple forests, rocky rivers, and panoramic views of the Barren-Chairback Range. Four shelters and numerous campsites offer plenty of places to stay overnight. This stretch ends a short distance from Gulf Hagas, a slate gorge filled with waterfalls. Go in late summer to avoid bugs, or plan for a nine to 12 day adventure to experience the entire span.

Although this is a longer journey, it is the easiest part to hike, presenting stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley as it runs parallel to Skyline Drive. You can stop into Big Meadows Lodge, spot wildlife like black bears and white-tailed deer and stay overnight in a hut. With less climbs, lots of nearby shops and hundreds of miles more of additional side-trails in the park, this section may be the ideal lengthy one for beginners.Don’t have time for a thru-hike? You can witness the many splendors the Appalachian Trail offers in small chunks. Whether you have an afternoon or a couple weeks to delight in a wild journey, there are many paths for you to explore.

This stretch of the trail, from Salisbury to Jug End (pictured at left), winds through old-growth forest, by waterfalls and over Mount Everett. You can camp at one of the eight designated shelters or camping areas. If you want a shorter glimpse of this area, you can access dayhikes from Route 41 in the Housatonic Valley, including the six-mile Race Brook Falls Trail. If you want a lengthier journey, this area also hosts the long-distance Taconic Crest and the Taconic Skyline trails.
With plenty of scenic views and 40-foot waterfalls coupled with swimming holes, this could be the ideal overnight hike. But such delights require a more difficult hike – up about 7,000 rocky feet. Hikers will pass through Three Ridges Wilderness and observe amazing vistas like Hanging Rock Vista on Bee Mountain, Chimney Rocks Vista on Three Ridges mountain and Flat Rock Vista. You can set up camp right by a stream for easy access to water too. Details on the route can be found here.

Who is the fastest person to complete the Appalachian Trail?
Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy is the current self-supported AT FKT record holder with a time of 45d 12h 15m.
By contrast, this section is one of the most difficult, but efforts are rewarded by some of the most beautiful surroundings. The White Mountain National Forest (pictured at right) is known for the nation’s greatest network of hiking trails which boast the famous Mount Moosilauke, Mount Washington, and rugged Kinsman range. Proper preparation is vital as some of these areas are tundra. As you pilgrimage from Kinsman Notch to Gorham, you will pass dramatic vistas of valley lakes as well as six huts available for rest.Tennessee’s Iron Mountain ridgeline careens through the wild Cherokee National Forest. You will encounter an apple orchard near Weedy Gap and may stay at the Roan High Knob Shelter, the highest elevation shelter on the Appalachian Trail. This area has been improved in the past by our Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards’ (SAWS) BOOT Crew and Wilderness Conservation Corps.

Which countries banned Snickers?
Mars said it was recalling items from Britain, Belgium, France, Italy and Spain, after it already withdrew products from sale in Germany and Netherlands. It added that the recall was an “isolated incident and strictly limited, and concerns only the products mentioned”.
As the country’s most visited national park, this is a classic Southern backpacking trip. Reservations are required for shelters and campsites, and weekdays are generally less crowded. Hiking routes travel along ridges and streams, offering fire tower vistas, icy swimholes and a climb to the highest point on the trail at Clingman’s Dome (6,600 feet). Trails are steeper, longer, and higher here than in Shenandoah National Park. Weather in spring can include rainstorms, snowstorms and even hailstorms.

Although this section features some of the best fire tower views in the East, it remains one of the more solitary jaunts. From Winding Stair Gap at US 64, head north to pass through the Nantahala Gorge, Little Tennessee River Valley and Fontana Lake before arriving at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Blanketing this crest of the Nantahala Range and Cowee Ranges is the Southern Nantahala Wilderness, which also has a few side trails for shorter trips, like Lower Ridge Trail (4.1 miles), Big Indian Loop (8 miles) and Beech Gap (2.8 miles). Our SAWS Wilderness Conservation Corps worked on tread restoration this summer near Beech Gap.
The Kittatinny Ridge towers over a thousand feet above the Delaware River, offering rich views of the area. Dip your toes into Sunfish Pond, the southernmost glacial lake on the A.T., or take a side trip to Mount Tammany. There are over a dozen hikes off the A.T out of the hundreds of miles of trails in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, but of course none compare to the A.T. If you want to get a slice of “trail magic,” plan to hike this section in June, when most thru-hikers are passing through and can regale you with their tales of awe.

“This is a very special situation,” Bijveld said. “At this moment maybe the risk is not that high, but we cannot say this is in line with our quality requirements.”

The recall of the chocoholic snacks on Tuesday also affects Milky Way minis and some boxes of Celebrations. It hit most European countries, but it also extended as far as Vietnam and Sri Lanka in Asia.
The move comes after a customer found a red piece of plastic in a Snickers bar – billed by the company as “the world’s biggest selling candy bar” – bought on January 8 in Germany. Mars said it was recalling items from Britain, Belgium, France, Italy and Spain, after it already withdrew products from sale in Germany and Netherlands. The recall “only involves the products that are made in the Netherlands” at the Mars factory in the southern town of Veghel, Bijveld said, adding the products were mainly sold in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. Millions of chocolate bars were deemed possibly unsafe for consumption in 56 countries after a customer in Germany found a piece of red plastic in his Snickers bar last month. Bijveld could not give the exact number of chocolate bars produced daily at the factory, but said about four million items were being recalled in the Netherlands alone.

What part of the Appalachian Trail is best for beginners?
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 100 miles (ten days) With less climbs, lots of nearby shops and hundreds of miles more of additional side-trails in the park, this section may be the ideal lengthy one for beginners.
Manufacturing dates for the different products vary, but in general those with a “best-before” date of between June 19, 2016, and January 8, 2017, are being recalled.

Mars, which also makes Wrigley’s chewing gum, said a full list of affected products could be found on its national websites. But after being down for much of the day it was still hard to find any information in the early evening.
“As far as we know there are 55 countries involved,” Eline Bijveld, Mars corporate affairs coordinator for the Netherlands, told the AFP news agency earlier in the day, refusing to reveal the whole list.US chocolate giant Mars has ordered a massive international recall of Mars and Snickers bars made at its Dutch factory after a piece of plastic found in one snack was traced back to the site.

Can a beginner hike the Appalachian Trail?
Despite how intimidating that may sound, beginners can scale the Appalachian Trail’s numerous mountains and treat themselves to some of the most gorgeous views on earth.
In a statement announcing the recall in Germany, Mars said: “We would like to prevent consumers who have purchased one of the above-mentioned products from consuming it”.

“We are currently investigating exactly what’s happened, but we cannot be sure that this red piece of plastic isn’t in any other of our products from the same production line,” Bijveld said.After he complained to Mars, the plastic was traced back to Veghel, which determined that it came from a protective cover used in the plant’s manufacturing process. Completed in 1937, the A.T. is a unit of the National Park System. It is managed under a unique partnership between the public and private sectors led by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. We prepare and educate millions of visitors each year as they explore the natural and cultural wonders of the Trail. We promote outdoor ethics to minimize the impact visitors have on the environment. We engage our supporters on issues important for protecting the A.T. experience.

Established in 1925, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) leads the effort to protect, maintain and celebrate the A.T. We are part of a unique cooperative-management system, working with numbers of local, state and federal partners to ensure greater protections for the Trail. Our partners include the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, dozens of state agencies and 31 local Trail-maintaining clubs.

We empower the next generation of A.T. stewards, engaging the youth and rallying local communities to help protect the Trail. Through our programs and partnerships, we support over 6,000+ volunteers that maintain and care for the A.T. and its surrounding lands.
The Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership is a dedicated coalition of local, state and federal partners led by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the National Park Service.The ATC is largely funded by its more than 30,000 members and over 600,000 supporters located throughout all 50 states and in more than 15 countries. Their support ensures that the one-of-a-kind A.T. hiking experience is protected from development, increasing use of the outdoors and other dangers.

What is the most difficult Appalachian Trail?
Mahoosuc Notch is commonly referred to as the toughest mile of hiking on the whole Appalachian Trail. The trail, if that’s the correct word for it, follows a boulder field between two mountains. A combination of rock scrambling and squeezing through boulders is required to complete the Mahoosuc Notch mile.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail — commonly known as the Appalachian Trail or simply “the A.T.” — is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,190 miles in length. The Trail travels through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian Mountain Range, from its southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.

More than 3 million people visit the Trail every year and over 3,000 people attempt to “thru-hike” the entire footpath in a single year. People from across the globe are drawn to the A.T. for a variety of reasons, such as reconnecting with nature, escaping the stress of city life, meeting new people or deepening old friendships, or experiencing a simpler life.
We work to ensure that the Trail is protected forever through public engagement, broader landscape protection, and best Trail management practices. We manage more than 250,000 acres that protects fresh drinking water, culturally and historically significant landscapes, threatened and endangered species, and recreation-driven economies.Appalachian Trail Map 8 covers Virginia Sections 3, 4, and 5 (34.6 miles) of the Appalachian Trail as described in the Appalachian Trail Guide for Maryland and Northern Virginia (US-7 to US-50). Printed on water-resistant, tear-resistance synthetic stock in 6 colors. Scale 1:62,500. Contour interval 100 feet. Has detailed enlargements showing all hiking opportunities in the Sky Meadows State Park and the G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area.

The area between Virginia’s Sky Meadows State Park and West Virginia’s Harper’s Ferry boasts a section of the Appalachian Trail (AT) billed as the “Roller Coaster,” one of the AT’s toughest, up-and-down grinds. This 5-mile out-and-back to Raven Rocks covers … Continue reading →For those eager to continue southbound along the Appalachian Trail, here are a few more hikes at Sky Meadows that begin just south of Route 50 in Virginia.

I also included three bonus hikes at Sky Meadows State Park, which are just south of the Roller Coaster, and well worth your time if you’re looking for more steps.
While the lot is large, don’t be fooled as it can fill up very quickly, especially on fair-weather weekends. From the lot, your first steps are on a blue-blazed spur trail.Expect plenty of ups and downs on this rocky hike, including a big descent as you begin this hike. Then, a wooden bridge over gently flowing Ashby Hollow

The overall elevation gain on this hike to see the Sam Moore Shelter exceeds 2,000 feet. It’s a very good workout. It’s tough, but not vicious. You can do this.

Near the end of the hike, turn right at the sign that reads “Spur to George’s Overlook” for southeasterly views. Also, stop for the Snowden Manor Ruins Site.
The Bears Den hike is just 1.9 miles, but this easy out-and-back hike in Bluemont is well-worth your time. It’s also among the most kid-friendly hikes in Virginia.There are two sections of the Appalachian Trail that set off from this parking area. The Buzzard Hill hike runs on a northbound section (same side of road as parking).From the parking area on Morgans Mill Road (see Hollow Brook hike above), you can also access a southbound section of the white-blazed Appalachian Trail.As a bonus, you’ll see the infamous “Hiker Warning” sign as you close in on the Rod Hollow Shelter. At the shelter, there is a covered picnic table and tent pads.Plan to ascend the yellow-blazed South Ridge Trail, then descend on the blue-blazed North Ridge Trail. On the way up, stop at the Snowden Manor Ruins Site.For this 5.1-mile loop hike, you can begin at Ashby Gap (on the north side of Route 50), but I found would suggest a start that does not require crossing a major road.This quiet, wooded hike includes both the white-blazed Appalachian Trail and purple-blazed Old Trail, a hiking trail that was a part of the AT from 1983 to 2004.

Cross two small streams before reaching a short spur trail to the primitive stone cabin at the 2.0-mile mark. There is a picnic table and wooden bench swing.
The Sam Moore Shelter hike shares a trailhead with the Bears Den hike, but once you pass the scenic overlook, get ready for ups and downs, ups and downs.Park just outside the state park on Liberty Hill Lane. There is a small lot with room for six or seven cars. A bright-yellow boundary blaze marks the start of the hike.

You’ll connect with the red-blazed Piedmont Overlook Trail. It’s a steady ascent, but you’ll be rewarded with views from Lower and Upper Piedmont Overlooks.
In 2004, the Appalachian Trail was re-routed to its current route through Sky Meadows State Park. Old Trail became a part of the state park trail system.Here are five fun hikes along he Appalachian Trail Roller Coaster for various hiker levels that include big views, trail shelters, even small waterfalls.

You could hike the Roller Coaster as a point to point hike, from one end to the other end. However, I prefer to break it up into more manageable day hikes.
This 4.5-mile out-and-back hike begins from a small parking area off Blue Ridge Mountain Road, near Route 50. Note that the “Trailhead Parking” sign is very small.This 5.5-mile loop hike begins just west of the main parking area for Sky Meadows State Park. Start on green-blazed Boston Mill Road, which is left of the Park Office.

Where is Snickers Gap?
Virginia Snickers Gap, originally William’s Gap, is a wind gap in the Blue Ridge Mountain on the border of Loudoun County and Clarke County in Virginia. The gap is traversed by Virginia State Route 7. The Appalachian Trail also passes across the gap. Bear’s Den and Raven Rocks are adjacent to the gap.
At the .3-mile mark, you reach the Appalachian Trail. From here, it’s a short walk to the scenic Bears Den Overlook that’s known spectacularly colorful sunsets.Arrive at west-facing views from atop Buzzard Hill (elevation 1,266 feet) at the 1.7-mile mark. Steps from the overlook, there is a camp site and stone fire ring.

On HikingUpward, this hike goes by Hollow Brook (sometimes, Hollow Brook Trail). These are both the exact same hike. It’s one I think you will really enjoy, too.
If you’re looking for solitude and serenity, as well as a good workout thanks to an elevation gain of nearly 2,200 feet, the Rod Hollow Shelter Hike is for you.You will begin by descending along a .1-mile stretch of blue-blazed trail until you reach the Appalachian Trail. Turn right to hike all the way to Myron Glaser Cabin. Myron Glaser Cabin is one of several dozen primitive Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) cabins for rent in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. You will reach an easy water crossing in Reservoir Hollow at the .7-mile mark. A short spur trail on the right leads to a fun rock scramble and a small waterfall.At the hikers shelter, you’ll see a covered picnic table and a small fire ring, as well as hikers shelter. This out-and-back hike clocks in at 7.7 miles.

Where does the Appalachian Trail start and end?
The Trail travels through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian Mountain Range, from its southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.
The popular Bears Den hike guides visitors along a scenic stretch of the white-blazed Appalachian Trail. A large rocky overlook ensures far-reaching views for all.Erin Gifford is the editor of Go Hike Virginia. She has completed more than 300 hikes in Virginia. She is also the author of three hiking guidebooks from Falcon Guides. Need help finding a hike? Check out the Trail Finder feature or send Erin a message.

Let me start by noting that this Sky Meadows hiking trail does not touch the Appalachian Trail, but it is one of my favorite trails at this vista-filled state park.This Appalachian Trail hike goes by several names (confusing, I know). On AllTrails, this moderate 3.5-mile out-and-back hike is referenced as Buzzard Hill.This section of the Appalachian Trail earned its nickname thanks to its ups and downs. Some say this is among the hardest sections of the Appalachian Trail.The views on this 3.5-mile loop hike are first-rate. Plan to hike clockwise. I hiked counter-clockwise, but feel the clockwise views would have been superior.

Is Appalachian Trail harder than PCT?
Because of its steep climbs, the AT is considered to be physically more difficult than the PCT or CDT.
After ascending the next ridge come to a nice view of the Winchester Valley to the west, before descending and arriving at the Raven Rocks Hollow stream in 1.2 miles from the last run.The view from Raven Rocks is one of the best in the area. Although the distance is only 5.5 miles with a vertical gain of 1,530ft, as you can see from the elevation profile, there are three strenuous ascents on this out and back hike. Raven Rocks is also a popular area with rock climbers, as it can be accessed by a road 0.4 miles from the east.

Where is the trailhead to the Appalachian Trail?
Access to the starting point of the Appalachian Trail is in southern Fannin County at Springer Mountain. From Blue Ridge, take Aska Road 13.5 miles until it dead ends into Newport Road.
Climb the final ascent of 0.4 miles, passing a sign marking the Virginia, West Virginia border, then reaching Raven Rocks where you will find fantastic views towards the south west and the Shenandoah Valley.During spring and fall, the Raven Rocks 100ft wall is a favorite spot with local rock climbers. To return retrace your route 2.7 miles back to the parking area at VA679 and Rt7. Begin the hike by heading north on the white blazed Appalachian Trail, as it crosses over the first ridge, then making several steep switchback descents before reaching a small run in 0.8 miles. 100 yards past the run cross over an unblazed trail and remain on the Appalachian Trail. Meet at the Food Lion parking lot in Charles Town at 8am to carpool or join us at the Snickers Gap AT parking area at the intersection of the west bound lane of Rt. 7 and VA679 at 8:30am.

Bears Den is a wonderful spot for a picnic with an awesome view. It’s also a great place to watch a sunset. On a nice weekend day, you’ll find the overlook busy with families, couples, and solo hikers.
Begin the hike at Snickers Gap, stopping to enjoy the Bears Den Overlook hike viewpoint. When ready, continue south on the Appalachian Trail, following the white blazes steeply downhill. In winter, you’ll have some peeks of the westward view, but nothing dramatic. We encountered an icy spot at a stream crossing, but the trail was mostly well-packed dirt with a few rocky spots.

Begin at the Snickers Gap trailhead, near the midpoint of the large parking lot. Follow the blue blazes until the short connector trail joins with the AT. There’s a nice sign with a map just after you start the hike, and another sign when you connect to the AT. Follow the trail to the overlook, and return the way you came when done.
This route extends your hike on a section of the Appalachian Trail known as the roller coaster because it traverses a series of steep hills. There is no ideal turn-around point, so just go as far as you like and then return the way you came. Bluemont also makes an excellent weekend, close to Washington DC but surrounded by beautiful mountains and nature. Plan your trip with our guide to 17 Fantastic Northern Virginia Wine Country Vacation Rentals, several of which are close to the Bears Den Overlook hike. Our Virginia travel guides are a resource for residents and visitors alike. Go beyond the standard tourist spots and discover fun things to do in Virginia, the Washington DC region, and beyond.Bears Den Overlook is a rocky outcropping on the Appalachian Trail in Bluemont, Virginia. The open ledge offers beautiful panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west. In the distance, the Blue Ridge Mountains stretch across the horizon. The beautiful setting and easy access make Bear’s Den one of the best places to enjoy a short hike on the Appalachian Trail near DC. The quickest route to the viewpoint is up the driveway, turning left on the Blue Blaze Trail before you reach the hostel. A slightly longer but pretty approach follows the Nature Trail through more of the woods before connecting with the Blue Blaze. The Raven Rocks hike includes three steep ascents and descents on the way to a dramatic rocky cliff. The northward view is not as pretty as the one at Bears Den, but it’s still nice and much less crowded. As casual day hikers, we found the trail to Raven Rocks tiring but fun.

Our final route combines two viewpoints and more of the roller coaster, on a 6.5-mile out-and-back hike. Begin at either parking area and visit Bears Den Overlook. When ready, head north on the AT, carefully crossing busy Route 7 then continuing on the trail to Raven Rocks.
Some of the links in articles may be affiliate links where we may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. We only link to products/services we recommend.One of our favorite scenic drives in Northern Virginia stretches from Bluemont to Aldie in Loudoun County. The historic Snickersville Turnpike was the first operating turnpike in America, traveled by George Washington and praised by Thomas Jefferson. The two-lane road offers scenic views of Piedmont farmland, three quaint general stores (in Airmont, Philmont, and Bluemont), and some interesting historic stops.Read on for alternate routes that range from very easy to fairly challenging, along with helpful tips for your visit. Explore more in our complete guide to fun things to do in Bluemont Virginia. About 150 feet from the overlook is Bears Den Center. The hostel is popular with AT segment and through-hikers, and it occupies a lovely 1930s stone building. It’s easy to reach Bears Den from two separate parking areas. Hikers can increase the challenge by extending the hike south on the Appalachian Trail or combining it with a northern hike to Raven Rocks. Here are four possible routes for hiking Bears Den, each with differing levels of challenge and distance.Bluemont is a quaint Virginia town with some of the best winery and brewery views in Virginia. After your hike, head east on Route 7 and take the first turn onto Snickersville Turnpike. You’ll make a fun hairpin turn before descending a hill into town. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Bluemont: The overlook area is really fun for kids to climb around, but keep in mind that there is a sheer drop-off from the cliffs. People who don’t like standing at the edge of cliffs can still enjoy the view from rocks set back from the edge. There are two parallel stretches of rock, with a dirt area between them. The views are spectacular from any of the rocks, and the dirt area is fun for kids to explore.

We turned back after 2 miles (just before the trail started another descent). Another option is to hike 3 miles to the Sam Moore Shelter and use that as your turn-around point. Either way, you’ll get a good workout as you climb the hills on your return to Bears Den and the parking area.
Disclosure: This article may contain affiliate links. We will make a small commission from these links if you order something, at no additional cost to you.You can add even more distance and challenge by continuing past Raven Rocks and connecting to the Ridge to River Trail. The trail descends to the Shenandoah River and Cool Spring Battlefield. Some hikers use Cool Spring as an alternate, and generally less crowded, approach to Raven Rocks. Bears Den to Cool Spring is a 12.5-mile out-and-back with some challenging climbs.

The Bears Den Overlook hike delivers a gorgeous payoff for a small effort and can be modified to suit different fitness levels and available time. This is an excellent destination for family and multi-generation groups because the Bears Den Overlook hike has plenty of parking, easy access, and fun stops nearby.

Descriptions and pictures of each hike follow. Choose your route based on your group’s abilities and time. You’ll find tips on other fun things to do in the Bluemont area below.
This is the shortest and easiest way to reach the beautiful overlook. The parking area is only a few hundred feet from the viewpoint, on mostly level ground. Set your GPS to Bears Den Hostel. You’ll follow Route 7 to Blue Ridge Mountain Road and the driveway to Bears Den and the day use parking area. The driveway is steep and rutted, but manageable. Pay $3 for parking and check out the cool bears carved into one of the trees before beginning your Bears Den Overlook hike.This is the most popular route for families, and it’s one of the first hikes we did with our kids when they were little. This short easy hike includes some steep, and rocky sections, but it’s only .5 miles to the viewpoint, so kids get a quick reward for their efforts.Join me, Julie McCool, and explore the best of Northern Virginia parks, hikes, historic sites, restaurants, breweries, wineries, seasonal events, and more.

The Bears Den Overlook hike is a nice option whether you want a quick and easy outing, a longer challenging hike, or a scenic day trip. With two easy access points, gorgeous views, and a challenging segment of the Appalachian Trail for longer hikes, there’s a route for every fitness level.
The town of Purcellville is another fun destination to combine with your Bears Den Overlook hike. There are several craft breweries and an excellent distillery in town, along with a variety of tasty restaurants. The walkable downtown has some nice shops to poke around in. Purcellville is also the start of the Washington and Old Dominion Bike Trail.

“A two mile trail leading to a scenic overlook is the hallmark of this trail. There’s ample parking at the trailhead and there’s a beautiful camping area along the route.””The hike is a great workout with the constant uphill and downhill like a rollercoaster. The view isn’t impressive but the forest by the trail is beautiful. Prepare to arrive by 7 am (on weekends) to find parking. This trails gets really busy and it get increasingly difficult later in the day to adequately distance yourself.”

“Bear’s Den is a staple in these parts. Difficult walk especially in ice and snow but great views to the west. Only thing better is Ravens Rock on the north side.”
Harry Kersh: From calorie count to portion sizes, we wanted to find out all the differences between Snickers in the UK and the US. This is “Food Wars.”The New Hampshire part of the Trail, especially through the White Mountains, will test your endurance. Crossing Franconia Ridge and the Presidential Range is difficult. The New Hampshire Trail varies from 400-6,288 feet in elevation. But the hard work is worth it, because this is the state where you spend the most time above the treeline, promising scenic routes across ridges with uninterrupted vistas and stunning sunsets. This part of the Trail is a popular training ground for many hikers planning their thru hikes or preparing for other tough international expeditions.

There’s a lot to consider when figuring out what to pack for your dog, including weather, terrain and distance. Even your dog’s breed can affect what you bring, such as insulated jackets for short-haired dogs, or a bandana and extra water for cooling down shaggy dogs. Here’s an adapted list of gear from the American Hiking Society with a few additions specific to backpacking with your dog:
On the Trail you will find a great variety of plant life including ferns, tulips, wildflowers, and berries. The Trail is also home to a huge variety of interesting fungi.There are also hiker boxes along the way. Some shelters, outfitters, or hostels have a box where hikers can leave behind equipment that they have found they no longer need, sometimes including partially used fuel canisters. Hikers are welcome to look through and take whatever they need, so remember to ask if there is a hiker box when you’re re-supplying. Most gear expenses will be paid for before beginning your hike. Month to month- if you packed correctly – you should be spending relatively little on gear. You’ll need to pick up new fuel for cooking, occasionally it will be necessary to replace something that breaks and possibly you’ll have to buy a new pair of shoes along the way, but most of your gear you should already have. Most hikers will only have the opportunity to shower when they pass through towns and stay in inns or hostels. If you feel like refreshing in the backcountry, you can use wipes or sponges. Wash yourself at least 200 feet away from any water source to avoid contaminating drinking water. We’ll admit it. We’re rather partial to our quaint hometown. Kent’s main street is an easy distance from the Trail. You can grab a bite at one of Kent’s many restaurants. There’s a public bathroom with a shower that hikers can make use of and you’ll also find a hiker box in town. Trail runners are favored by thru-hikers for their light weight and comfortable cushioning. A fresh pair of trail runners will feel like hiking on clouds, and with the more forgiving uppers, even when feet are swollen and tired, they’re simply more comfortable than restricting hiking shoes and boots. They’re relatively affordable, so despite replacing them multiple times throughout the AT, you’re able to allocate funds to other parts of your trail budget.

A staggering 7,000-foot ascent is rewarded with amazing waterscapes and scenic vistas. Past the Three Ridges Wilderness, you will find the Hanging Rock Vista, Chimney Rock Vista, and Flat Rock Vista. Camping is easy on the waterside.
However, because of the cushioning, feet are less protected from rocks and roots making them much more prone to bumps and bruises. Plus, this footwear category wears down the quickest and requires replacements much more frequently than other hiking shoes.This challenging ascent gains an elevation of more than 4,000 feet in just 5 miles through rocky ridges. But it is also, undoubtedly, one of the most scenic and astounding mountains to climb. Baxter Peak on Katahdin is the Northern Terminus of the A.T. The average cost of hiking the Appalachian Trail per month is roughly $1,000. You spend this on gear expenses, trail outlays, accommodations (sometimes), and the necessary conveniences you get from some towns you pass through. Mostly you will spend it on food. It is unlikely you will contract rabies, but since you will be closer to wildlife than usual know that foxes, bats, raccoons, and other small animals can be carriers of rabies, a viral disease that results in inflammation of the brain in humans and other mammals.In 2016, nearly half of hikers surveyed started with hiking boots and the other half in trail runners (with the rest reporting low-top or minimalist shoes), but by the end of their trek, most reported doing the majority of the AT in trail runners. So, at some point on the Trail, some hikers made the switch from hiking boots to trail runners and that has largely remained the favorite footwear ever since.

Since the Appalachian Trail has a fair number of road crossings and entrances it is not hard to find a section that can be done in a day. A lot of people choose to hike out and back along the A.T. to experience particular peaks
A typical AT hiker consumes anywhere between 2,500 and 4,500 calories on a daily basis. The number varies with every individual’s weight and metabolism. On the Trail, you are advised to eat as much and as often as you can to keep up with your daily walking ritual.

A few days of forest hike through waterfalls and over mountaintops highlight the Taconic Highlands hike. This route can also be experienced through day hikes accessed from Route 41 in the Housatonic Valley.

This quaint little town in Virginia has that small-town feel to it that many hikers from big cities love. Check out Ming’s for delightful eats and Stanimal’s 328 Hostel for a great stay.
With elevation of up to 6,625 feet (2 kilometers), the Tennessee part of the Appalachian Trail will have you traversing incredibly high mountains. The Trail continues for 160 miles (257 kilometers) more, sharing North Carolina’s state border. You will need a permit for hiking the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Be sure to secure one as you are planning your hike.As one could expect from a project of this proportion, the path to its realization had its share of challenges. The project lagged initially due to lack of support. The group had succeeded in connecting the pioneering paths in the north, but little had been done in the south.Whether it’s your first time hiking or your fifth attempt at a thru hike, the Appalachian Trail experience is open to anyone who’d like to take on the journey.Hikers on the AT typically won’t have difficulties finding water to drink, though there are some states where longer water carries may be necessary during dry spells. AT maps and guidebooks readily list the location of common water sources. Some hiking apps also have information on water sources – since apps like Guthook Guides can be updated by current hikers you may get more recent information than in a guide book, which will help you know what sources are flowing and which have gone dry. You should also check for updates from the ATC who sometimes give information on particularly notable trail conditions on their site or via their social media.