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Appalachian Trail: Damascus, VA to Summit Cut, VA

Tackle a rigorous 1,000-foot climb, traverse fields, and cross an impressive gorge on this 15.8-mile section.

Rating

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: Saunders Shelter; sleeps 8. Lost Mountain Shelter; sleeps 8.

To Trailhead

Start: From W. Laurel Ave. and S. Shady Ave. in Damascus, VA, head west on W. Laurel Ave. for 150 feet to trail crossing. End: From Big Hill, VA, head west on Jeb Stuart Hwy./US 58 for 1.1 miles to trail crossing.

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