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CARVER’S GAP TO 19E

CARVER’S GAP TO 19E

Why we like it: Carver’s Gap to US 19 East (19E) is an approximate 14 mile section of the Appalachian Trail (AT) that winds through North Carolina and Tennessee.  Most AT guide books refer to it as the “most scenic section of trail”.  Flirting with elevations around 6000 feet, there are five balds with almost 360 degree views of nearby mountain ranges.  While the daily mileage is low on this trip if you do it as a three day hike,…

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SOUTH MOUNTAINS STATE PARK

SOUTH MOUNTAINS STATE PARK

Why we like it: South Mountains State Park is a great option for new backpackers and anyone wanting a quick weekend getaway.  I may be biased because this is where I went for my first ever weekend backpacking trip and now I take new backpackers here on their first trip.  One of the things that makes it great for beginners is the park’s 24 primitive backpacking sites require reservations, so we can pull into camp and not worry about finding…

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