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Stick's Allegheny Trail thru-hike (Spring 2007)

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Stick's Allegheny Trail thru-hike (Spring 2007)

Postby Stick » Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:26 pm

The Allegheny Trail runs north-south along entire length of West Virginia and is 330 miles long. It is managed by the West Virginia Scenic Trails Association (http://www.wvnet.edu/wvsta) and is divided into four sections, each with its own coordinator. Detailed trail maps, a trail guide and a wildlife guide are available from the WVSTA, and more info can be found here: http://www.wvnet.edu/wvsta/a-trail.html

The southern terminus of the Allegheny Trail is on Peter's Mountain on the Appalachian Trail just north of Pearisburg, Virginia. The northern terminus is on the Mason-Dixon line in Pennsylvania just north of Bruceton Mills, WV.

According to the West Virginia Scenic Trails Association, there have only been a handful of people who have ever thru-hiked the entire length of the Allegheny Trail. It appears that I may actually be the first woman to complete the trail solo. I will begin my trip April 7th from the southern terminous and hike north to the Mason Dixon line. I expect the trip to take just shy of a month since I plan to take time to smell the spring blooms, tour the Green Bank telescope, take a ride on the scenic railroad, dawdle along the banks of the Greenbrier River and soak up some awesome mountain music at the Purple Fiddle in Thomas, WV.

Highlights of the ALT include :
    A section of the Appalachian Trail at the southern end
    A tiptoe through the "quiet zone" on the high ridges overlooking the Green Bank National Radio Astronomy Observatory
    The Cass Scenic Railroad
    Blackwater Falls State Park
    Miles of hiking along the scenic Greenbrier River Rail Trail
    The Purple Fiddle and the Fiddler's Roost B&B in Thomas
    The high country of Canaan Valley
    Many miles of scenic West Virginia backroads and farms.
    Chestnut Ridge Park near the northern terminus

Anyone interested in this trail,and/or in following my journey is welcome to visit my trail journal here on postholer.com at this link: http://postholer.com/Stick
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