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Appalachian National Scenic Trail (Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia)

5/4/1996 Walked to the railroad bridge and across the Potomac on a foot bridge. This is the path of the Appalachian Trail, which continues down the Potomac in one direction and through Harpers Ferry in the other. Saw the C&O Canal (not in great shape, due to flood).

Me on the bridge
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An AT blaze and signage
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9/27/2007 Drove a very short way into Great Smoky Mountains NP ... Stopped at the peak on the NC-TN line for a good view and a stroll on the Appalachian Trail.

AT interpretive signage
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AT waypoints from here
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The NPS trail medallion
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A view down the AT
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Another AT visitor
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11/8/2007 Crossed the Housatonic at Bull’s Bridge over a single-lane covered bridge. ... Walked back up the road and on a trail into the woods, first to a lookout platform over the gorge, then down a hiking trail. Went on this about a quarter mile where it intersected the Appalachian Trail. Walked the AT for a little way, then back to the car.

Me on the "trail"
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Ken and I by a medallion
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A medallion closeup
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10/5/2008 Not far after Gettysburg we pulled into the [Caledonia ] SP directly on US30. We parked at one of the picnic parking lots and walked a very short way to the Appalachian Trail. Took a short but qualifying trek up the mountain a little, then back down.

Ken and I by an AT sign
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Closeup of the sign
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7/20/2009 Got off I80 at the Kittatinny VC for the Delaware Water Gap NRA. Checked out the small VC and noted what looked like through-hikers on the AT passing by. Up the road a little we saw the walkway that led Appalachian Trail hikers across the Delaware on I80 into PA. We continued north on the NJ side for about 12 miles, then east a little to a pullout where the AT crossed. We walked along the AT where it followed a gravel access road to a fire tower (which was too far for us to get to). We were walking in the woods with many flowering Rhododendrons.

Me by the park sign indicating the AT blaze
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AT medallion along the road
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Pretty flowers on the AT
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7/8/2010 Headed a few miles north to Norwich on a narrow back road and picked up the white rectangles of the Appalachian Trail,which led to a small parking area with trail info. Took a short walk in the woods on the AT – great trail conditions with a nice pine needle bed, weather getting hotter and sticky already.

A rustic trail sign
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Me heading down the trail
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7/9/2010 ... then in Crawford Notch State Park went up a side road (on the AT) and parked for a short walk in the woods on the AT.

Me on the trail in the State Park
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A target medallion
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The AT crosses some tracks
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10/15/2010 We entered the south end of the Skyline Drive (Byway) [and NHL] and Shenandoah NP and headed north. We stopped at the McCormick Gap Overlook for a nice view on a chilly but beautiful morning. Continued to Sawmill Run Overlook for a good view and tried to find the AT crossing but without success. Luckily I had another waypoint right near the McCormick where we parked and walked the trail a little.

Blaze near McCormick Gap
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A trail blaze
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7/14/2011 From there we drove over the [Bear Mountain Bridge] bridge and parked a short distance north where the AT drops out of the woods on a steep hillside. We walked a tiny bit on the trail there, then parked at the east end of the bridge and walked the AT towards the center of the river, with excellent views on a clear day.

An NPS medallion ...
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... and symbol blaze
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The trail heads up the mountain
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The trail crosses Bear Mountain bridge
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Interpretive signage
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5/26/2016 South Mountain Summit. Appalachian Trail NHT. At the summit, we took a short stroll down the trail to get credit for the AT in MD.

Trail signage ...
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... with AT logo
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A look down the trail
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Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail (Mississippi, Tennessee)

5/22/2003 Headed off on the Natchez Trace Parkway [and Byway] to the Tupelo Visitor Center. Saw a film and some exhibits, then took a short hike on the Natchez Trace NST.

The park sign
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Me making like the sign hiker
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The trail NPS blaze
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10/14/2017 Drove east through quaint little Canton to the Ross R. Barnett Reservoir where we parked at the trailhead for the Natchez Trace NST. As usual we just walked a little ways to get the flavor of the trail and surroundings before we got back in the car ...

The park sign
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The boardwalk on the trail and blaze
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Me and Ken
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The trail marker ...
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... with NPS emblem
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Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia)

5/4/1996 Harpers Ferry Hational Historic Park.

7/26/1997 Up the GW Parkway, … through Alexandria to Gravelly Point. Stopped here for a walk along the Mount Vernon Trail (NPS - part of Potomac Heritage NST) to a spot right at the end of the runway at National. Spent a while watching the planes drop in directly overhead for landing only a short distance away.

Plane coming in at Gravelly Point
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6/26/2018 On the way out I spotted a sign, and pulled over for a short walk along the Potomac Heritage NST.

The park trail sign
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The trail marker post ...
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... with emblem
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A view down the trail
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