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Appalachian Trail: VA 42 to VA 623

Go from flat lowlands to high ridgetops–you’ll gain more than 2,000 feet–on this 17.1-miler that traverses wildflower-laced Chestnut Ridge and the rocky backbone of Garden Mountain.

Trip Tools

Shelters: Knot Maul Branch Shelter; sleeps 8. Chestnut Knob Shelter; sleeps 8.

To Trailhead

Start: From Sharon Springs, VA, head SW on VA 42 for 8.6 miles to trail crossing. End: From Sharon Springs, VA, head NW on VA 623 for 7.3 miles to trail crossing.

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