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    Great! I see there is a Subway there. While not my first choice, it'll make a fine trail lunch for the first day.

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    Since we will be coming there from a bit of a distance, we will most likely arrive the night before we start our hike. I was just going to ask what is the best or closest town that has a decent place to stay in for one night before htting the trail?
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    Are you looking for a hotel, B and B or hiker hostel? Bristol, Abingdon, Damascus, Marion have places to stay. Can also stay the night at Grindstone or Grayson Highlands campgrounds. Both have parking as well for a loop hike.

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    I was looking for a hotel to stay in the night before our hike as we would be arriving late in the evening due to the distance we will be coming from.
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    Well, we are heading out tomorrow morning. We expect to arrive at the park around noon. Any last minute suggestions or advice? Do you think we might run into some thru hikers at this time of year? We've got a little trail magic to dispense.
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    We are back and we had a great time. The weather was cooler than I expected, with a strong thunderstorm our first evening and another strong thunderstorm as we approached Massie Gap. We got caught in torrential downpour the last 1/4 mile. We came home a couple days early due to us finishing up our route early. I've posted several pictures in my gallery. Thanks to everyone who made suggestions and comments. This was a wonderful hike and we are both looking forward to returning. Our trip was from Massie Gap to Old Orchard shelter, with our first night stay about halfway between the two. We stayed at Old Orchard the second night and then backtracked the AT to the Pine Mountain Trail. We then took the AT back to Massie Gap. We saw less people than expected on the AT. We met OC from London England at Wise shelter. He was headed to Harpers Ferry doing a section hike from Springer. Also ran into Bard who was also headed to Harpers Ferry doing a section from Thomas Knob.
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    Sounds great, glad you had fun. That's my favorite area.
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