Hike of the Day: Matthews Arm in Shenandoah

This rugged, 16.8-mile, 2-day backpacking trip reveals classic Appalachian wonders: idyllic waterfall-laden hollows, reborn woodlands, and scenic backcountry campsites.

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Here’s an ambitious weekend loop in Shenandoah National Park. You’ll see: rushing waterfalls, old gravestones, beautiful hardwoods, and hike a series of steps aptly named Little Devils Stairs (see elevation profile). Book this trip in early spring to avoid the crowds and to catch extra views through the leafless trees. Download more details at backpacker.com/hikes/17056.

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Kris Wagner, map editor