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Backpacker Magazine – January 2012

Online Exclusive: Readers' Choice 2012: Regional Survey Results (Southeast)


Mathews Arm Loop, Shenandoah National Park (Photo by Jeff Chow)
Mathews Arm Loop, Shenandoah National Park (Photo by Jeff Chow)
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We called for your help—and you answered! We wanted to know your favorite long trails, parks, and hikes in the Southeast. Here's how you responded.



Q: Of the most viewed weekend trips on our website (shown below), which would you most like to do next weekend, if proximity is not a factor?


A: These trips topped the list:

HIKE IT: Download the tracks and waypoints for the most viewed trips on our website.

>> Asheville, NC: Linville Gorge Loop: backpacker.com/hikes/379572
>> Great Smoky Mountains NP: Charlies Bunion Loop:
backpacker.com/hikes/379572
>> Shenandoah NP: Mathews Arm Loop:
backpacker.com/hikes/17056
>> Morgantown, WV: Breathed Mountain Loop:
backpacker.com/hikes/14543


Q: What is your favorite long trail in the Southeast?

A: 75% of you voted for the Appalachian Trail.



Q: Of these classic trips in the Southeast (listed below), which is #1 on your list to do before you kick the bucket?

A: 39% of you wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maryland.

HIKE IT: Get more info, download tracks and waypoints, and see photos for these classic trips on our website.
>> Hike the AT: GA to MD: backpacker.com/at (39%)
>> Hike the AT: Great Smoky Mountains NP Section: backpacker.com/at (30%)
>> Climb Mt. Mitchell: backpacker.com/october_2004_high_points_mount_mitchell/destinations/7836 (11%)
>> Hike the AT: Shenandoah NP Section: backpacker.com/at (10%)
>> Backpack in Dolly Sods Wilderness, WV: backpacker.com/dolly_sods_wilderness_west_virginia_photo_jan_2011/slideshows/147 (9%)
>> Paddle through the Everglades: backpacker.com/destinations/category/214 (6%)
>> Paddle Cumberland Island National Seashore: backpacker.com/may_1999_destinations_georgia_cumberland_island/destinations/582 (6%)



Q: What's the best trailside eatery in your region, and what do you crave off their menu?


Q: What’s the top trail town in your area?


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