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The Best Backpacking in Marion

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Top backpacking spots in and near Marion

  • Troutdale, Virginia

    Hike the Appalachian Trail from Elk Garden to Buzzard Rock

    5.0
    6.6 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Starting at the Elk Garden Parking Area hike the Appalachian Trail south (do not cross the road, follow the trail from the parking area). Hike along the trail following the white blazes and at 2.4 miles you'll reach a campsite on your left. This is a great place to camp overnight if you decide to...
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  • Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

    Mount Rogers Loop

    5.0
    15.6 mi / 1079 ft gain
    For an awesome 2-3 day trip, start hiking at the Massie Gap trailhead, which can be reached from Grayson Highlands State Park. Take the Rhododendron Trail up the ridge to connect with the AT, keeping an eye out for wild ponies in the Massie Gap area as they like to hang out here. Some of these po...
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  • Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

    Backpack the Grayson Highlands

    4.8
    9.1 mi / 1549 ft gain
    Spanning roughly 4500 acres, located in a portion of Jefferson National Forest, looming under the highest peak in Virginia lies the Grayson Highlands. A part of Virginia’s State Parks system and a United States National Landmark, located in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, the Highlands are home to wil...
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  • Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

    Mount Rogers via Appalachian Trail

    5.0
    9.1 mi / 1549 ft gain
    First of all, who doesn't love wild ponies!  There are tons of ponies here, and although they are wild, they are not afraid of people and you can get pretty close (just don't feed them!).   Once you enter Grayson Highlands State Park, you will see a parking lot for Massie Gap a few miles in, par...
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  • Rural Retreat, Virginia

    Crawfish/Channel Rock Trail Loop

    15.66 mi / 1903 ft gain
    Crawfish/Channel Rock Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Rural Retreat, Virginia.
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  • Damascus, Virginia

    Beargap Trail to Appalachian Trail to Virginia Creeper Loop

    10.77 mi / 1998 ft gain
    Beargap Trail to Appalachian Trail to Virginia Creeper Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Damascus, Virginia.
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  • Elk Creek, Virginia

    Camp at Comers Rock Recreation Area

    1 mi
    I didn't have any issues putting "Comers Rock Recreation Area" into my phone's GPS (Waze) and arriving exactly where I was supposed to. When you turn off US 21 (aka the Grayson Turnpike/Elk Creek Parkway) to Jefferson National Forest Road 57, you'll see a sign a parking lot that says "road not su...
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  • Whitetop, Virginia

    Virginia Creeper National Recreational Trail

    5.0
    33.25 mi / 2139 ft gain
    Virginia Creeper National Recreational Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Whitetop, Virginia.
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  • Wytheville, Virginia

    Lick Mountain Boundary Trail

    7.62 mi / 1273 ft gain
    Lick Mountain Boundary Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Wytheville, Virginia.
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  • Bland, Virginia

    Garden Mountain, Chestnut Ridge, and Brushy Mountain via Appalachian Trail

    36.71 mi / 8468 ft gain
    Garden Mountain, Chestnut Ridge, and Brushy Mountain via Appalachian Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Tazewell, Virginia.
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  • Shady Valley, Tennessee

    Rich Knob via Appalachian Trail

    6.97 mi / 1188 ft gain
    Rich Knob via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Shady Valley, Tennessee.
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  • Hays, North Carolina

    Hike along Basin Creek in Doughton Park

    5.0
    11 mi / 1800 ft gain
    A treasure in North Carolina that doesn't get as much attention as it should, Doughton Park has some of the best trails around. It is the largest park operated by the Blue Ridge Parkway and has over 30 miles of trails available.  The parking area for the Basin Creek Trail is small, but rarely cro...
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  • Hays, North Carolina

    Stone Mountain - Widow's Creek to Deep Gap

    5.31 mi / 2123 ft gain
    Stone Mountain - Widow's Creek to Deep Gap is a point-to-point trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Traphill, North Carolina.
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  • Elizabethton, Tennessee

    Little Stoney Creek to Chestnut Flats

    6.7 mi / 1575 ft gain
    Little Stoney Creek to Chestnut Flats is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Elizabethton, Tennessee.
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