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Steve Meier
(smeier) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Need recc's for a 40 mile loop in the southeast in March on 12/16/2012 19:10:15 MST Print View

My college-aged son and some buddies would like to do a spring break hike from March 10-17 in the southeast of about 40 miles and ideally a loop. Any recommendations? If not a loop, then any other trail recommendations? They are all seasoned hikers and will be hiking light and fully equipped for weather. Thanks for the help.

Steve Meier
(smeier) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
bump...anyone? on 12/17/2012 15:56:18 MST Print View

Bump...anyone?

M B
(livingontheroad) - M
S.E. on 12/18/2012 17:26:35 MST Print View

College, spring break, might as well be on the AT in GA.
No shortage of shuttle services, dont need a loop.

Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
s e on 12/18/2012 17:42:16 MST Print View

Plenty of great options. Several loop options in the Smokies. For example, go out of Big Creek and up the AT. Side trip to MT Cammerer. Come bazck on the other ridge thru MT Sterling.

Another favorite is the Roan Highlands section of the AT. But that will involve a shuttle

Linville Gorge has multiple loop options

Many other good loops in the Smokies out of Cosby, Cataloochie, Clingman's Dome, Fontana,etc that very nice

Shining Rock and Art Loeb in NC are worth considering

Shenandoah if youre willing to shuttle

Edited by alexdrewreed on 12/18/2012 17:44:40 MST.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Iron Mountain Trail/AT loop on 12/18/2012 18:06:33 MST Print View

A good option would be a loop connecting the Iron Mountain Trail with the AT in southern VA. Several loop options are possible. My brother and I did the northernmost loop which as about 45 miles. It passes through Grayson Highlands which in my opinion are the most beautiful area in Virginia. Here's a trip report.

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=65142