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An Iconic Trail’s Highest Peak

By Linda Tancs

The Appalachian Trail stretches from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, following the Appalachian mountain range through 14 states. The trail’s highest peak is Clingmans Dome in Tennessee (at 6,643 feet above sea level) in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The observation tower on the summit offers spectacular panoramic views of the Smokies and beyond for visitors willing to climb the steep, half-mile walk. Better be quick about it, though. Although the tower is open year round, the road leading to it is closed from December 1 through March 31.

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A Leaf Peeping Bonanza

By Linda Tancs

Shenandoah National Park hosts a presidential retreat within its borders (Herbert Hoover’s Rapidan Camp), but that’s only one reason why visitors flock there, particularly in October.  Why?  Because autumn heralds peak leaf peeping season.  Skyline Drive runs for 105 miles through the park, offering 75 overlooks to take in those magnificent hues.  Better yet, slow it down a bit and walk the Appalachian Trail, which runs parallel to Skyline Drive.  Now there’s room enough for a view.

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