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The Appalachian Trail passes through the states of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Virginia is home to 544 miles of the Appalachian Trial. The Appalachian Trail parallels the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, goes through Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in George Washington & Jefferson National Forest.

The Southwest Virginia section of the Trail covers 166 miles from Pearisburg south to Damascus.The state's highest mountain, Mt. Rogers, an area of highland meadows, routinely receives snowfall from October to May, making it considerably colder, wetter, and snowier than other areas of Virginia. Throughout Mount Rogers where the Trail moves into the southern Appalachians, the floral displays of rhododendron and azalea in June and July are outstanding. At the southern border is the quintessential “Trail town,” Damascus, Virginia.

Visit the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, a volunteer-based, private nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail extending from Maine to Georgia.

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