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Appalachian Trail: Thornton Gap to Gravel Springs Gap

Frequent overlooks, lush landscapes, and three Blue Ridge summits highlight this 14.3-mile section in Shenandoah National Park.

Rating

Shelters: Pass Mountain Hut; sleeps 8. Gravel Springs Hut; sleeps 8.

To Trailhead

Start: From Main St. and Broad St. in Luray, VA, head north on Broad St. In .5 mile, bear right to merge onto US 211 E (toward Skyline/Washington, DC). Go 8.7 miles to Thornton Gap parking. End: From Main St. and Royal Ave. in Front Royal, VA, head south on US 340. In .9 mile, turn left onto Skyline Dr. Follow 17.6 miles to parking on south side of road.

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