Online Exclusive: Readers' Choice 2012: Regional Survey Results (Southeast)

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We called for your help—and you answered! We wanted to know your favorite long trails, parks, and hikes in the Southeast. Here’s how you responded.


Q: Of the most viewed weekend trips on our website (shown below), which would you most like to do next weekend, if proximity is not a factor?

A: These trips topped the list:

HIKE IT: Download the tracks and waypoints for the most viewed trips on our website.

>> Asheville, NC: Linville Gorge Loop:

>> Great Smoky Mountains NP: Charlies Bunion Loop:

>> Shenandoah NP: Mathews Arm Loop:

>> Morgantown, WV: Breathed Mountain Loop:

Q: What is your favorite long trail in the Southeast?


A: 75% of you voted for the Appalachian Trail.

Q: Of these classic trips in the Southeast (listed below), which is #1 on your list to do before you kick the bucket?

A: 39% of you wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maryland.

HIKE IT: Get more info, download tracks and waypoints, and see photos for these classic trips on our website.

>> Hike the AT: GA to MD: (39%)

>> Hike the AT: Great Smoky Mountains NP Section: (30%)

>> Climb Mt. Mitchell: (11%)

>> Hike the AT: Shenandoah NP Section: (10%)

>> Backpack in Dolly Sods Wilderness, WV: (9%)

>> Paddle through the Everglades: (6%)

>> Paddle Cumberland Island National Seashore: (6%)

Q: What’s the best trailside eatery in your region, and what do you crave off their menu?


Q: What’s the top trail town in your area?


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