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Leonard Adkins

Don’t have half a year to hike the full length of the Appalachian Trail? Consider these shorter and distinctive alternatives, able to be hiked in full in a week to a month or so. more

Jan 3, 2017 4:16 PM The Hike

This nine-mile hike includes a section about half that long that offers a serious aerobic challenge. more

Oct 28, 2016 2:35 PM The Hike

The 12.4-mile North Georgia loop hike contains as much history as it does beauty. more

Sep 2, 2016 8:20 AM The Hike

The 77-mile trek can be even more fun when you do it in day hikes, and when your fellow hiker is the executive director of the Foothills Trail Conference. more

Jun 21, 2016 10:12 AM The Hike

The southwestern corner of the West Virginia wilderness offers much in the way of wild animals, including black bear in a no-hunting area. more

Apr 28, 2016 11:22 AM The Hike

This easy six-mile North Carolina walk not only has the Pisgah Inn nearby, but also a nice campsite at the halfway point—an inviting spot for a first-time backpacker to spend the night. more

Mar 9, 2016 10:49 AM The Hike


Leonard Adkins

Combine a walk to the farm with a trek over Harkening Hill and you have a 3.9-mile walk full of history and discovery. more

Jan 25, 2016 3:50 PM The Hike


Leonard Adkins

The great hike near Johnson City, Tennessee features great views and several side trails. But beware the rogue grouse that attacked this hiker. more

Oct 21, 2015 10:56 AM The Hike


Leonard Adkins

The North Carolina development —highest town east of the Mississippi—has about 30 miles of trails. more

Aug 17, 2015 11:56 AM The Hike


Leonard Adkins

The popular Blackwater Falls State Park has another falls. Here’s a 5.5-mile circuit to include this little-visited spot. more

Apr 15, 2015 4:02 PM The Hike

Longtime readers of Blue Ridge Country know that Frederick is one of my favorite Maryland cities. It’s one of the most viable and vibrant in the state and there are many reasons why. more

Feb 24, 2015 9:18 AM The Hike


Photo by Leonard Adkins

Some of these gatherings also offer great hikes. more

Dec 22, 2014 4:27 PM The Hike

This found hike woke up the veteran distance hiker’s eyes and senses to the beauties around him. more

Oct 15, 2014 10:17 AM The Hike