EX­PE­RI­ENCE LUX­URY OFF THE AP­PALACHIAN TRAIL

Backpacker - - VIEW WITH A ROOM - DOYLES RIVER CABIN SHENANDOAH NA­TIONAL PARK, VIR­GINIA

You’ll feel like you’ve walked into a Thomas Kinkade paint­ing when you visit this rus­tic, stone-chim­ney cabin in midOc­to­ber, when Shenandoah’s leg­endary fall fo­liage paints the slopes. The 1930s hut—com­plete with wood-burn­ing stove and out­door fire­place—nes­tles in a grove of hard­woods at the head of the Doyles River. From there, you’re just 500 yards from the Ap­palachian Trail. Or, sim­ply con­tinue on the Doyles River Trail: It passes through cor­ri­dors of yel­low po­plar and skirts sev­eral sea­sonal cas­cades on a 9.2-mile out-and-back. Back at the cabin, toast the day’s ad­ven­tures with s’mores around the large, cov­ered fire­place on the porch.

Get to the cabin via the Doyles River Trail. In sum­mer, it’s just a .6-mile walk from Sky­line Drive (near mile marker 81), but in win­ter, you’ll have to park back at the road clo­sure, turn­ing it into a 4.3-mile trek with 1,700 feet of gain. Trail­head Doyles River Sea­son Year-round (snow­shoe in win­ter) Ameni­ties Bunks with mat­tresses; wood-burn­ing stove Reser­va­tion $30/night; re­serve on­line Con­tact patc.net

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