AMC's Best Day Hikes in Shenandoah Valley

Michael wears a bright red Arcteryx jacket when we hike. He’s a lot faster than me, and I’ve lost track of the number of trips where I’ve seen that red dot moving ahead. When I see it stop, I know he has reached the top of the ascent. He has waited for me in cold,…

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When you think of Northeastern landscapes, you might picture Acadia’s iconic coastline or the Appalachian Mountains’ namesake trail. But come fall, pretty much every view takes a backseat to the explosion of fiery foliage that defines the region. Whether you’re hiking above treeline or pedaling beneath the canopy, visit these 18 places to appreciate autumn’s…

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From forestry to mining to farming, much of the Northeast and Mid- Atlantic has seen industrial use. But in many places, nature is once again taking hold, with forests colonizing formerly cultivated fields and overgrowing the remnants of mines. When hiking in these reclaimed settings, keep an eye out for stone walls, cellar holes, and…

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Since its creation 100 years ago, the National Park Service (NPS) has grown to protect more than 84 million acres of seashore, scenic trails, and historical parks. The eight hikes below represent the rich variety of NPS land in AMC’s region, from Maine to Virginia, offering the best of the outdoors, American history, and even…

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The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes in the Shenandoah Valley. For more information, check out the book. 1. ELKWALLOW For children, for the childlike at heart, or really for anyone with a hankering for ice cream (soft serve and blackberry!), the gentle hike from Mathews Arm down Elkwallow Trail will be…

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If you judge a hike by its name, you’re bound to be scared away from some unforgettable places. Why not embrace our region’s inner demons and explore the dozens of devil-themed trails, parks, and natural features scattered across New England and the Mid-Atlantic? Many of these spots earned their names by way of old legends…

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For centuries, American painters have filled galleries with stunning vistas of natural landscapes. Before the Internet and even photography, their works effectively served as the public’s window to remote, wild areas. The artists found their inspiration on the trails, on the coast, in valleys, and lakeside, and in doing so created a uniquely American school…

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Long trails ranging from hundreds to thousands of miles connect some of the Northeast’s and Mid-Atlantic’s most treasured public lands. While some hikers cover a long trail’s full distance in one extended effort, others carve out day hikes or multiday backpacking trips. The segments below provide excellent introductions to eight long trails. 1. Cohos Trail …

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AMC’s book authors spend months—even years—exploring our region by foot and boat to compile the trips that make up their books. Few people know these areas so well. Here, the authors and editors of seven new AMC Books titles share their favorite locales. 1. West Quoddy Head State Park (Lubec, Maine) “The park is as…

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