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Travel and Transportation April 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Hiking and Camping around DC

Does anyone know of a good hike/camping area in about a 2 hour radius of DC (or more if it’s really awesome)? I want to do a sizable hike and be able to set up camp for a day or two and hike back.

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You could go to Harpers Ferry, WV and hike along the AT. The Harpers Ferry Historical National Park has a parking lot that the will let you use for a couple days. Just make sure you check in when you get there. They provide a bus that you take to the town (http://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm). I’m not sure where are you are used to hiking, but this hike is not very strenuous. You should also check out Dolly Sods, though I think the drive is over two hours. You can certainly turn a hike there into a multi-day trip, but just be careful as the trails tend not to be well marked the farther you go. FYI, the road up to Dolly Sods can be rough in some places.

We hike regularly in the Shenandoahs and GW forest.  We don’t camp though (I’m a girly girl who likes a bed) but you could use http://www.hikingupward.com as they have some hikes that are multi day. I use this alot – esp when we were prepping for Machu Picchu – since it lists difficulty, streams & congestion.

Monongahela National Forest in WV is my favorite. It’s about 3 hrs but worth the extra hour! 🙂 

Agree with the above suggestion to check out hikingupward.com, they do a great job with the website. The areas around Elizabeth’s Furnace and Wolf’s Gap are both nice, probably within 2 hours (or a little more), and have several hiking options.

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