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Backpacker Magazine – August 2012

Trail Mix: East

Your region's go-now guide.

by: Jesse Greenspan, Morgan Tilton and Rachel Zurer

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Great Falls (Photo by: Pat and Chuck Blackley)
Great Falls (Photo by: Pat and Chuck Blackley)
Mt. Washington, NH (Photo by: Tim Seaver)
Mt. Washington, NH (Photo by: Tim Seaver)

Explore: Washington, D.C.
Great Falls Loop, Great Falls National Park
This 4.5-mile loop, just 15 miles from downtown, is perfect for a quick but dramatic nature fix. Hike along Difficult Run to views of the powerful Potomac pouring over 20-foot cliffs at the park’s eponymous falls (Trip ID 47070). Download our free smartphone app, GPS Trails, to check out a dozen more hikes within the metro area. Get it here.

Perfect Days
Charlotte, NC Lake Loop Trail
Despite its paddling-oriented name, the National Whitewater Center offers 14 miles of hiking/mountain biking trails winding through hills along the shores of the Catawba River. Once you’ve walked your fill, cool off on a stand-up paddleboard ($25; usnwc.org). Trip ID 1065612

Portland, ME Bald Mountain
Work up a sweat climbing 1,000 feet in 1.9 miles to views of faraway peaks and the three large lakes that hug Bald Mountain from the east and west. Then spend the afternoon at nearby Smalls Falls, a series of gentle drops and 15-foot-deep swimming holes (1.usa.gov/smallsfalls). Trip ID 1651274

Pittsburgh, PA Laurel Highlands Trail
Hike through Ohiopyle SP’s hardwoods, with views down to the wide, lazy Youghiogheny River, on a 12-mile out-and-back. Then, just five miles down the road, see the waterfall inside Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Falling Water house (fallingwater.org). Trip ID 652592



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jody
Sep 06, 2012

Mt marcy is a great hike and overnighter. Also where is tn and ga???

tcouts
Sep 06, 2012

NY isn't in New England. It's in the Midatlantic states. It might be a great mountain or a great hike or both, but it's not in New England.

Jake Fronckowiak
Sep 06, 2012

Much agreed with above comment. How does BP mag. miss Mt. Marcy?????? I mean it's a very challenging hike, especially if you do it in one day, without an overnight stay!!

Evan o
Sep 06, 2012

Is new york's mt Marcy really not on this list? Fail.

Evan o
Sep 06, 2012

Is new york's mt Marcy really not on this list? Fail.

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