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Appalachian Trail: TN 91 to Damascus, VA

Get lost in a mixed forest of evergreens and hardwoods on this fairly flat 20.3-mile hike with multiple camping spots and a steep final descent into Damascus.

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If you’re lucky enough to cruise through Damascus—dubbed the “friendliest town on the AT”—during Trail Days (usually mid-May), check out this popular festival. Highlights include a talent show, trout rodeo, hiker parade, and free gear repairs.Shelters: Double Springs Shelter: sleeps 6; no privy.

To Trailhead

Start: From Shady Valley, TN, head SW on TN 91 for 3.6 miles and turn right on Osborne Rd. Go 52 ft. to trail crossing. End: From W. Laurel Ave. and S. Shady Ave. in Damascus, VA, head west on W. Laurel Ave. for 150 feet to trail crossing.

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