Hike the Appalachian Trail in Four States!

Explore pristine stretches of the Appalachian Trail on daily hikes in four states and learn about the region’s history as you visit the Trail Museum, Conservancy HQ and Harpers Ferry.
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Program No. 18537RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Perhaps the most famous hiking trail in the world, the Appalachian Trail runs for 2,174 miles, from Maine to Georgia, over mountains, valleys and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the east. On daily hikes of six to ten miles, sample gorgeous stretches of the trail in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. Your base will be the Shepherd’s Spring Retreat Center, whose unique location provides convenient access to all four states.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
Hiking 6-10 miles daily over varied terrain. Some hiking requires a lengthy van ride to trailheads. Program appropriate for seasoned hikers.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Daily hikes take you across the beautiful Appalachia mountains while bringing you into several state and national parks as well as historic areas.
  • Naturalists, "AT" thru-hikers and others lead the discovery of your inspiring natural surroundings.
  • After a day on the trail, relax in comfort as you learn about the journey that is the Appalachian Trail and the people who call Appalachia home.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: The unique experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Ben Skroban
Ben Skroban is the Camp Coordinator at Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center. He has led multiple hikes on the Appalachian trail along with areas in Pennsylvania. Ben has a strong passion for hiking and working with people of all ages.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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