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Lush Deciduous Forests Finally Greening Up Edition

Where do you have adventures planned this spring or summer? Please contribute photos and plans!
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>>2104612
i think you missed it in the catalog there is already a appalachia and west virginia hiking general here >>2104569
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>>2104612
Gotta love Linville Gorge
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>>2104615
>breaksinterstateparktowersocerlookva.jpg
Oh you naive child.
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>>2104914
Does he ONLY go on 'trails' where you literally just drive up to a scenic viewpoint for pictures? You'd think with all his "hiking" he'd be pretty fit, but he is severely obese. He can't even ride a bike, and when he does, its an electric bicycle
picrel is him btw
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Pic not related (waterrock knob). I plan to go to Panther Town NC since its relatively close and pretty peaceful. I do not have any particular plans other than to stay a weekend there at some point and to do some day hiking when I have time.
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>>2105676
I recommend using google maps and inputing the gps coordinates of a couple places you *might* want to hike/see as "favorites" (click the save button) and downloading the offline maps for the area, so then you can just drive around and stop where you like.
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>>2105676
This thread is just one schizo reposting google images

This is the real appalachia general >>2104569
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>>2105695
Not a single image I have posted is from google images so far.
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>>2104612
>greening up
sounds like a win for the subtropical rainforest evergreen gang
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>>2105754
lets go fishing
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>>2106209
I don't fish but I suppose a lot of the trails I do are fishing-friendly due to them being along smol streams.
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>>2106546
There might be brook trout in that stream. I'm a PAfag and brook trout fishing small streams is the best thing in the world.
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>>2107782
I don't fish but I feel like many of these streams are too shallow to have fish naturally anymore unless they are stocked. I hope we get more rain soon, the creeks are running a bit low here.

One of the issues is that most of these creeks had railroads running alongside them for logging at the turn of the 20th century, and the construction of those railroads involved diverting small tributaries so there's less inflow into these streams.
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>>2104687
gorgechads unite
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>>2107810
sure would be nice to see it with some hints of spring green on the mountains
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>>2107786
>construction of those railroads involved diverting small tributaries so there's less inflow into these streams.
hows that capitalism working out for ya
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>>2108014
Well, they can reconstruct them with drain-pipes and such but that's money for federal forests.

15 min in they discuss this:

https://youtu.be/8xXU9SmLhnA
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Stay the fuck OUT!
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I'm going to the Allegheny National Forest next week in NW PA. Anyone have any recommendations there?

I was told previously the ANF is aok as long as I stay out of PA wilds/state forests of central pa.
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Is there a resource like the PATC maps online? Maybe they have them in pdf format?
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>>2108763
Fuck it I went and bought all the northern VA and WV area maps. Can’t stand trying to plan with a computer. Still will take any good topo map site recs
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>>2108819
alltrails

$30 a year for unlimited map downloads/offline use
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Please don't come to Bryson City, the wait times at the restaurants are already getting bad.
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>>2109081
I try to make my own food as much as possible for trips.
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>>2112103
Get raped
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>>2112582
Well that’s rude.
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Jesus I thought I had autism
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>>2112585
I do not have autism. I post tons of oc here and get little credit.
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Almost home from another trip to Appalachia.
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>>2107810
Best place on the east coast baby
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>>2114242
Ah I see you made it to Linville Gorge once the trees have greened up this year, yeah?
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>>2104612
God i fucking hate hiking in Appalachia its just full of city fags coming up for the day from Charlotte or Atlanta. These trails are covered with all colors and its gross
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>>2114432
take OP for example
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>>2115183
looking very nice and green

did you head there recently? Did you hike to the top?
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This is the McClintock well #1, the oldest continuously producing oil well in the world, located in Oil City, Pennsylvania.
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>>2104612
This is the last good weekend to do anything in southern Appalachia till labor day. I'm going on a extended trip in southwest Virginia starting tomorrow.
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>>2117315
Oh nifty. Where you headed? Yeah it is getting kinda hot but that just means best to stay at higher elevations and behind the allegheny front to keep cool.
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Hey faggots, im going to shenandoah on a few weekdays in early june. Is it going to be super crowded? Also how bad are the ticks? Also pants or shorts? Thanks bros
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>>2117711
good luck finding advice in this thread, DC faggot HATES when people tell him to visit for some reason.
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>>2117711
>weekdays

probably not but the earlier you get there the better and it will be less hot unless you are planning to go for a swim (which isn't a bad idea)

I have never encountered ticks, but your mileage may vary.
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>>2115183
Has anyone taken rockclimbing lessons here? Is it worth spending hundreds of dollars per day? I want to start getting more technical with my outings and thought Seneca Rocks would be a good place to start since it's only like 6 hours away from where I live and not way on the other side of the country.
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>>2118086
Maybe try the via ferrata @ nelson rocks, it is right nearby to seneca rocks.

I believe they also offer guided rock climbing.
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>>2110548
>Seneca Creek State Park
That's not Appalachia, that's lower piedmont at most.
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>>2117711
Not to bad, just wear what's comfortable/practical, and do a tick check at the end of the day.
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>>2118311
Oh yeah, sorry not all the photos are technically appalachia, but many of them are.
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>>2118386
If you live near the Appalachians, you should head down the BRT soon, lots of good hiking on the way plus rhododendrons, laurels, and azalea, will all be in bloom soon.
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>>2118397
>BRT
Meant BRP, as in Blue Ridge Parkway
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>>2118397
Oh I was there last month. I don't think those things will bloom till late June/early July in the highlands of West Virginia, but I think cranberry backcountry and/or blackwater canyon area will be prime viewing areas.

We got to see them bloom last year in July and it was great. I guess they probably bloom a bit earlier closer in to piedmont along the parkway, like you said.

We were in the middle, briefly of a party of teenagers at a waterfall fairly close to the parkway in VA called Panther Falls. They were playing super loud music, but thankfully we don't encounter that much.
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>>2118427
Do you have any plans for June/July? If not you should head out there, its the best display of flowers you are going to get on the east coast desu.
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>>2118447
Yeah, as I said, blackwater canyon and/or cranberry backcountry/hacker valley/holly river state park.

I mean could definitely stop there on the way back, I just find blue ridge to be a bit touristy and crowded compared to the stuff west of Elkins, WV.

Where in Blue Ridge Parkway were you thinking? Blue Ridge Parkways runs a long ways and some of it is simply too far for us to drive to. Shenandoah National Park is much closer, but really nothing compared to backcountry WV.
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>>2118447
This is from mid-July of last year @ the cranberry bog boardwalk in West Virginia. Mountain laurel maybe? I'm not so educated on flower/tree types.
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>>2118454
North Carolina section is great, especially Grandfather Mountain, though I have to say, my absolute favorite part of the Appalachians is the New England section, aka Adirondacks, Green Mountains, White Mountains, and the mountains in Maine (don't know if they have a name). You have a pretty restricted region of places you visit, you ought to branch out, just on the East Coast, you have to Smokies, Adirondacks, and White Mountains, and if you want as bit more of a drive you could head up to Isle Royale/Apostle Islands/Pictured Rocks/Boundary Waters/Voyageurs, really underrated scenery, and empty of people, also really good array of flora and fauna with boreal and deciduous species, the birding is great.
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>>2118460
Yes, definitely Mountain Laurel, though the leaves are a bit more elongated than what I'm used to, from what I usually see in my local park, and the one I have planted in my yard
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>>2118485
All of the places you have listed are too far. I try not to do anything more than an 8 hour drive.

Our trips are usually short, 1 or 2 nights, and going much further is impractical.

Plus the places you have listed are in general more generically popular, whereas the stuff near here is more off the beaten path and so less crowded, mostly local/regional tourists.

I love crimson bee balm (pictured)!
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>>2118518
>All of the places you have listed are too far. I try not to do anything more than an 8 hour drive.
You need to start planning longer trips, there's a lot of great places outside of the central Appalachians!
>Our trips are usually short, 1 or 2 nights, and going much further is impractical.
Do you have kids with you? Just ease them into backpacking, my Dad would take me backpacking and take the family on roadtrips (where we would camp and backpack), you'd be surprised at how far kids can go.
>Plus the places you have listed are in general more generically popular, whereas the stuff near here is more off the beaten path and so less crowded, mostly local/regional tourists.
Only the Smokies and Granfather Mountain desu, and even there, pretty much 90% of people won't hike more than 1/2 a mile, especially if it's uphill. White Mountains and Adirondacks are somewhat known, but still remote, the terrain (and lack of switchbacks) make it difficult for those not in shape to do (though you always see /fit/ seniors backpacking up in that region). The places in the northern midwest are not heavily visited at all, in fact, Isle Royale is the least visited National Park in the lower 48, the parks up there are as remote as it gets in the east (and even rival much of the west).
>I love crimson bee balm (pictured)!
Nice, have that growing in my yard as well. Also, you are the DC anon right? I also happen to live in DC, but am mostly a lurker, what ward do you live in?
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>>2118533
>You need to start planning longer trips

the longest trip I did this past year was 3 nights, and I was absolutely exhausted by the end.

We do little hikes during the day, at multiple places often, and it adds up. If you are too sore to walk much, appalachia doesn't quite hold as much appeal.

I am not looking to backpack or hike very long distances, just experience a bunch of different areas of different types, views, waterfalls, bogs, tunnels, rivers.

Northern Midwest is simply too far. There is SO MUCH here, state parks, state forests, national forests, I can do a different trail every trip basically. There's thousands of different trails and parks here just in central appalachia alone and I have no desire to fly or drive all day.

I get it, most people here want to camp and backpack and do long distance trails, but that isn't me.

I like the idea of exploring local areas that are not national destinations.
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>>2118545
I get you, it just seems a bit repetitive to just visit the same region over and over, especially when we have a country full of some of the most beautiful parks from Big Bend to North Cascades to Isle Royale. Once you condition yourself to backpack it is 100% worth it, you see more, experience more, and can access more remote locations, just better in almost every way. Also you never answered what ward you're in, I'm ward 4.
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>>2118549
I don't find it repetitive. Sometimes we visit wetlands, sometimes we find boardwalks, sometimes we find small creeks with picnic areas, sometimes rock mazes, there's lots of variety.

As I said it, I get it, most people take one or two week vacations and choose to backpack, and we do it differently, and it works for me. You do all the touristy stuff that everyone else does, and I find no-name trails in the middle of nowhere to enjoy.

If I get to a trail, and there's only local families, I know I've picked the right place. Many times, there is nobody or only one or two other people there. People get sold on brand names, I prefer to scan topo maps and find what looks interesting feature-wise. West Virginia alone has thousands of cool trails and rock formations and creeks to explore.

I like sleeping in a real bed, having a real shower every day, etc. Airbnb we have found some rather affordable places that still have a kitchen to cook in.
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>>2118552
>You do all the touristy stuff that everyone else does, and I find no-name trails in the middle of nowhere to enjoy.
The fuck are you talking about? How is backpacking "touristy", especially in places with very few visitors? For instance in Guadeloupe Mountains I only encountered a few people, all within a mile or two of where I started, after that I had the trail and campsite to myself, I wish I had the photos on this computer, some of the most spectacular views I have ever seen.
>I prefer to scan topo maps and find what looks interesting feature-wise.
And do you think I don't when finding a backpacking route?
>I like sleeping in a real bed, having a real shower every day, etc
Sad, you will never know how refreshing it is to jump in a cold lake/stream after a long day of hiking.
>Airbnb we have found some rather affordable places that still have a kitchen to cook in.
Have you considered renting a PATC cabin, in the Shenandoahs, some have modern appliances, and short hikes nearby.
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>>2118552
Anyways, going to bed, will reply in morning maybe.
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>>2118559
Kinda my whole thing is avoiding the shenandoahs, or as the anons call it "dc containment zone". It is fine for day trips, skyline drive is plenty nice, but it really has nothing on appalachia backcountry, and that's where I like to go.

There's really just so much in central appalachia I can spend my whole life exploring it and never run out of places.

Also, usually we can get wifi with an airbnb. I like to watch my asmr vids before bed.

You do stuff I've heard of before, the stuff I do most people haven't heard of at all.
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>All of the places you have listed are too far. I try not to do anything more than an 8 hour drive.

>>2118485
>>2118533
lol it's no use anon, you're replying to DC deciduous homo.

he gets upset even when we recommend him places nearby in Virginia and maryland
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>noooo u have to spend 8 hours stuck in an airport and backpack for a week there's no other way

I get it, most people here backpack/camp. That's perfectly fine, but not what appeals to me.
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>>2118559
>The fuck are you talking about? How is backpacking "touristy", especially in places with very few visitors?

it's not use anon, this guy purposely shits on backpacking threads and is the one spamming "LARP LARP LARP" every time someone posts OC.

You're unironically better off finding appalachia discussion in the other troll thread that started off with mocking DC faggot >>2104569
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>>2118559
>The fuck are you talking about? How is backpacking "touristy", especially in places with very few visitors?
You are arguing with a DC cityfag who is jewish and so fat that riding moped and electric bicycles is his 'exercise'.
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>>2118582
He also spams /pol/ with links to his gay server almost every day. He wants mandatory homosexuality and wants homophobes to be raped. He also likes seeing white christian neighborhoods flooded with low income housing and all that brings
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>>2118562
>Kinda my whole thing is avoiding the shenandoahs, or as the anons call it "dc containment zone". It is fine for day trips, skyline drive is plenty nice, but it really has nothing on appalachia backcountry, and that's where I like to go.
There are plenty of new small backcountry trails in the Shenandoahs and even Maryland if you know where to look.
>You do stuff I've heard of before, the stuff I do most people haven't heard of at all.
I never even told you what I did, I just said some of my favorite parks I've been to, I guarantee you that I know of most of the parks you go to, you just go on small trails out there I haven't heard of.
>You do stuff I've heard of before, the stuff I do most people haven't heard of at all.
Kek.
Also, if you want places close to DC, why not head out to the eastern shore of Maryland? It is vastly underrated and unknown about. I would recommend Pocomoke River State Park. There's also lots of small WMA along the bay, there's something real nice about driving or hiking around near or in the marsh.
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>>2118582
>>2118591
Yea, just never realized how bad he was.
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>>2118562
>but it really has nothing on appalachia backcountry, and that's where I like to go.
says the faggot asking for more paved trails

You're unironically better getting trail recommendations on Reddit with your attitude

>>2118855
>There are plenty of new small backcountry trails in the Shenandoahs and even Maryland if you know where to look.
>Also, if you want places close to DC, why not head out to the eastern shore of Maryland?
no use replying to him, let's see what excuses he comes up with this time
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>>2118855
>I would recommend Pocomoke River State Park

Ok, I have no issue with eastern shore, I try to rotate which area I head to. I will try to get out there in the next month.
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Painted trillium in centralish PA, quick 14 mile overnighter
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>>2120097
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>>2120104
yeah we saw a lot of beautiful similar flowers in NW PA last week

As I said, I stay out of your part of PA, I'm not hiking anything close to 14 mi, any long distance trail is all yours
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>>2120216
Lol alright, I'm from Philly suburbs, it's not my part of PA, don't see any problems with Pocono area, talked to a few nice locals and a bunch of other backpackers on the trail.
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>>2120232
No, /out/ told me, a city friend not from PA, that it was ok to visit PA, but to stay out of the central wilds and forests where most of the multi-day backpacking trails are but that's not really a problem for me, like further west from poconos like loyalsock.

I try to get further west to be up on the plateau cuz its sorta flatter but ur at a high elevation in the valleys relatively.

>bunch of other backpackers

we usually encounter very few people (mostly weekdays)
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>>2104612
Alright, so I decided that my next "big" outing will be to the Elk State Forest / Sinnemahoning Creek area next month. I hope I see none of you motherfuckers down there - especially the DC deciduous weirdo.
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Pennsylvania has issued an Overcrowding Alert for a number of state parks and recreation areas
https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Pages/OvercrowdingAlert.aspx
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>>2120477
Weird I've never seen one of those for West Virginia. Inb4 photo of bear rocks/dolly sods parking u can go literally anywhere else.
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>>2120477
What makes these parks and forests so popular? Are they mostly just close to NYC?
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>>2120482
Good amount are close to Philly or Pittsburgh, the others have things actually worth going to see and like the skybridge or rickett glens waterfalls
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>>2120492
I've done the (kinzua) bridge and Ohiopyle, don't know much about the others.
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>>2114248
Linville George is nice this year. I am going to have to go /out/ there with my bro some time.
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>>2120495
Tyler and washington crossing are worth checking out

French creek is also great if you like lush deciduous forests!

They also have a gun range at french creek to keep away urbanite DC scum!
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>>2120232
>unironically recommending places to DC faggot
>also a filthadelphia cityidiot fag
fuck off, you're not welcome here, you're wrose than new jersey niggers
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>>2114432
Come to wv and bushwack in national forest
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>>2121706
and be surrounded by cityfags from DC and baltimore? No thanks
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>>2121800
Kek btfo
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>>2121800
>northern wva
Gotta go south for the Charlotte and Atlanta niggers amirite
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>>2121706
Why would you bush whack (unless you get lost(?

The whole point is there are miles of semi and fully abandoned trails that are somewhere in between bush whacking and like walking on a road.

>>2121915
I was in far SW VA last month and there seemed to be a fair amount of NC tourists, but yeah I think Northern WV (like Morgantown/Dolly Sods stuff) tends to get people from western MD and Pittsburgh. It really is mostly regional tourism as far as I can tell.
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>>2122125
If you come to swva again go to lions den. Tends to only be locals.
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>>2122274
Where or what is lions den?

I couldn't find much information by that name....

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/lions-den-road-to-dismal-falls-and-price-ridge-road-via-appalachian-trail

?

I've been to dismal falls. That was nice.
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>>2122280
Dismal falls is just the entrance to that area.
There are quite a few unmarked trails on the adjacent forest road. Also quite a lot as you go further into bland.
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>>2122293
Was scanning the maps, looked like there is an old logging railroad (parallel to the AT) to the west of I-77 along hunting camp creek but the limited info about it suggested it was impassable due to rhododendron and overgrowth.

I generally like following old logging grades along creeks where possible.

We just briefly visited Dismal Falls as we were on the way home. I try to stay far from the AT in general.

So Lion's Den is that Lions Den road in the trail I linked then?
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>>2122299
Yeah, we just tend to call that whole area lions den.
I work for a line clearance company that clears for aep so we tend to have to go into the bumfuck no trail areas, but sadly we come into contact with the at too.
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>>2122305
What is AEP? Power lines? I guess what I am looking for is something between "bumfuck no trail" and "well maintained appalachian trail". Some sort of hidden gem that just happens to be reasonably maintained (from its former days as a logging road).

In general we try to hike as far west of the AT as we can get to avoid crowds, but Dismal Falls is a pretty short hike off a (crappy dirt road), and it was basically on the way back.
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>>2122312
>I am looking for is something between "bumfuck no trail" and "well maintained appalachian trail".
you told us last time you were looking for a paved trail
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>>2123018
That has a really underwhelming view for a lookout tower. Only worth seeing when the leaves are changing desu.
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>>2123341
I didn't make it quite to the very top of the steps. I was a half-staircase short, but that was not as wide of a platform. Also there is a cab, sealed off with wood, even higher, but it is closed except for programs according to information on site. Maybe you could somehow go when they open the cab and get the view.

I was mostly trying to conquer my fear of fire tower climbing more than get a view.

The surrounding state forest was gorgeous and if we had more time and I was less sore we certainly would have hiked around. You can walk down to the Clarion river and there are cool boulders you could climb around on.

There is also an area of old growth forest nearby.
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>>2121800
Just hike with a rifle and do some target shooting. You’ll find yourself with no Patagonia wearing hippies camped by you.
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>>2124245
hiking with a rifle is so fulfilling. I imagine a mother cradling her child gets the same level of satisfaction as cresting a bluff to find a great view with your rifle on a sling or in the crook of your arm
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>>2124283
It’s pretty fun anon
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>>2125246

This isn't possible. There are no cubes in nature. This must have been planted by another species - probably extra-terrestrial or even celestial.
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>>2125296
Hmm, I'll make a point of trying to get some more rectangular rock formations in the future just 4 u bb. It was cool hiking through it. There's a lot of really nice boulders in Northwestern Pennsylvania.
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So there was a little observation deck made of wood built into a big boulder with steps which was really cool. I thought it had a better view than the nearby cook forest fire tower area.
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horsies!
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need some carolina mountain posters in here

discord.gg/HkxaxKmsNE
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>>2128254
Where was that taken? I hope that was not the only view.
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Sup fags.
Idahoan here. I'm debating with the idea of buying a farm in WV. I know this is a meme topic but I currently grow my own livestock (nigerian dwarf goats for milk/chickens for eggs with plans for boer goats/cornish cross/new zealanders for meat soon) I'd be planning to do much of the same just on a bigger scale and eventually incorporate ag into it.
My question is what is it like living down there in general? Are the summers humid like PA? Any random shit I should know about?
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>>2128536
Depends which elevation you are going to be at.

WV is flat-ish towards the west, gets more mountainous till you hit the allegheny front, then to the east is still mountains, but not as tol.
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>>2128536
>My question is what is it like living down there in general?
you get a LOT of tourists from the DC metropolitan area in the spring, summer, and fall

fall is probably the worst because you get both millenial hiker types and fat old boomers
and it definitely doesn't help since they created a new national park in WV
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>>2128556
>and it definitely doesn't help since they created a new national park in WV

But like New River Gorge area was already the most packed with tourists anyways to begin with. Most of the tourists I saw there seemed like locals, then again we tend to travel on weekdays.
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>>2128556
>you get a LOT of tourists from the DC metropolitan area
see, just like this faggot >>2128557
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>>2128439
Based box turtle, I've run into them way up on top of mountains in Virginia and I always think it's crazy that they go up so high. Neat little creatures.
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>>2128549
>>2128556
Thanks for the replies. I'm still in the early planning phase, my main thing is that I'd like for where-ever we live to have natural water/greenery. So far we've looked at WI, WV, PA, NC, east TX. I've seen theres also some natural gas rights with some properties in WV which is interesting.
The only downside so far is moving away from family and people say the winters are hellish but I dont give a fuck about that.
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>>2129202
>>2129283
>>2129369
I know you more than you know I do, and its not because i hate you, its because i want to help.
I know a guy who likes hiking and baking cakes (which look eggselent btw) and banting online. He wakes up and rents and rides an e-bike to the shore and stares out at the water. You spend a lot of time with yourself but you have not worked FOR yourself. You need to look ahead and say, "what can i do to improve it" and i can assure you spamming /pol/ isnt part of God's plan for you.

Hiking paved trails and boardwalks wont do it, sometimes you have to go off the beaten path, and HE will lead you there
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>>2118110
ns ancient ruin vibe
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>>2129628
ns?
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>>2129617
Will you give HIM a chance
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And every bright neon sign turned into stars
And the sun and the moon seemed to be ours
Each road that we took turned into gold
But the dream was too much for you to hold

Now over and over, I keep going over the world we knew
Days when you used to love me
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>>2130084
what say you
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let HIM guide you for once
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>>2104612
what is this appalacihian whatever shit and why do americans screech so much about it all the fucking time?
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>>2130418
I'm not sure I understand what you mean.
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I think there are only two people able to help you, and thats yourself and God. Why don't you pick at least one option and try it out
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HIS hand is always extended.
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>>2130769
have you not chosen an option?
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take your time, my friend, for HE has a lot of patience
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hmm
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hmm
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Yes, quite
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>>2131325
Have you found HIM yet?
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>>2131325
Have you found HMMMMMM yet? Hmmmmm.
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>>2130771
>>2130876
>>2131268
>>2131327
>>2131338
extremely based animeposter
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>>2132509
Hi
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Image limit reached!

New thread here:

>>2133700
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Not a new thread but here is the exact same thread (Appalachian hiking), and its far from bump limit:
>>2104569
>>2104569
>>2104569
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>>2133701
BASED
MODS = GODS

GET BENT DC FAGGOT
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>>2134036
>tink tink tink
Ahem, i'd like to say

that jannies were based for once
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>>2133701
FAGGOT
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>>2104914
>>2104939
>>2118564
>>2118582
>>2119018
>>2122383
How to respond to him:
>conifers
>tell him he's LARPing with his scenic views and 1/3 mile trails (as opposed to actually hiking)
>anime
>Christianity



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