20 Epic American Day Hikes

20 Epic American Day Hikes

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When you want to crash onto your pillow at the end of the day, content that you’ve conquered something straight out of an epic fantasy adventure, clamber up the trails around Falls Creek Falls. The climbing is brutal on this 6.1-mile point-to-point hike, but the scenery is pure magnolia magic. Start with a mile and a half of uphill climbing to the falls, and continue on over creeks and rocky switchbacks to the entrance of Jones Gap State Park. You’ll gain about 1,700 feet of elevation and earn a restful night.
Difficulty: Strenuous
When to go:
Late winter/early spring is best, but summer is great, too.
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Caitlin Giddings