5/10 Day 54

We woke up to a chilly but clear morning. We hiked through South River Park, hiked to Hazeltop at 3,812 feet, passed Big Meadows Wayside (.8 off trail) and headed to to Big Meadows Lodge where we heard there was a tap room and dining area, We hiked off the trail to visit but the lodge didn’t open for a another couple of days. Sad, we hiked to the next shelter. We arrived at 4 p.m. and decided to push the 11 miles to the next shelter. We passed by Skyland Resort, originally a 19th-century mountain resort, and by Skyland Horse Stables. We hiked to Stony Man summit and over the Pinnacle overlook at sunset. We arrived at Byrd’s Nest #3 Shelter before dark, an old converted picnic shelter with a fireplace inside. We hiked our biggest day so far at 29 miles.

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