Hey @sarabass !

Silly me...I was equating your start point with your proximity to it.  It never really crossed my mind that you would be in a position to choose anywhere along its 2000 miles.  I can sometimes be a bit short-sighted that way. D-OH!!!

I live in Maryland, and have only done a few sections in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, so I am somewhat limited in what I can offer.  All of the places I have been are scenic in their own right, and have attributes that are all their own.

While I am certainly biased, I tend to think that Virginia has some of the most spectacular vistas, and, if you enjoy history along with nature, Harper's Ferry has both, as well as being the semi-official mid-point and is home to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  I would consider that to be a destination worth a visit.  But, its popularity makes it likely to be more crowded.  Something to keep in mind if solitude is more to your liking. 

Depending on your schedule and the locations you choose, myself and my small group of hiking friends may be able to join you for some portions.  And even if that doesn't come to pass, know that I will be with you in spirit.

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