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Virginia Top 5

Old Rag Mountain
534 Reviews
White Oak/Cedar Run
191 Reviews
Strickler Knob
147 Reviews
Crabtree Falls
135 Reviews
Signal Knob
133 Reviews

North Carolina Top 5

Grandfather Mountain/Daniel Boone
7 Reviews
Hanging Rock
5 Reviews
Mt. Mitchell
3 Reviews
Roan Highlands
3 Reviews
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2 Reviews

Maryland Top 5

Maryland Heights
57 Reviews
Sugarloaf Mountain
21 Reviews
Billy Goat Trail
20 Reviews
Catoctin Mountain Park
16 Reviews
Maryland Challenge
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West Virginia Top 5

Big Schloss
90 Reviews
Tibbet Knob
67 Reviews
Dolly Sods North
53 Reviews
Halfmoon Mountain
33 Reviews
Mill Mountain
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Below are the most recent hiker reviews

Crabtree Falls Rating:
By Jackie, hiked on: 5/25/2015
Did this hike with 2 girlfriends on Memorial Day. We were one of only two cars in the parking lot when we got there at 730am, but the lot was PACKED when we got done. Glad to have the cool temps early on. The first part up Crabtree Falls was a little boring with all the stairs, but we were rewarded with a nice easy path at the top. Directions were spot on, but we did think we may have missed the turn off onto the AT. Its after a very steep climb up the access road to the turn off. The rest of the way to the top was typical AT terrain. Worth the view at Spy Rock! The ... more >>>

Spruce Knob/Seneca Creek Rating:
By Ross Baker and , hiked on: 9/25/2016
i could go on and on about this hike. short and to the point, make this a priority on your "must hike" list. it wont disapoint ... more >>>

Three Ridges Rating:
By , hiked on: 9/23/2016
This is a difficult hike with the elevation as well as the rocky terrain. You are either going up or coming down - there is no level mountain ground on this trail. The temps were quite warm (mid-80s) and humid, despite it being fall. The weather coupled with the trail difficulty made for an exhausting trip. Your first day is actually around 8 miles (from the parking lot to the Harper's Creek Shelter campsite). The second day is about 6 miles (returning to the parking lot). There are a few campsites along the AT portion of the trail on Day 1, but there is ZERO water un ... more >>>

Hogback Mountain Rating:
By Teresa, hiked on: 9/25/2016
This was the first Hiking Upward hike that I was disappointed in. I would give it a 3 for views. The first overlook was the nicest, but we only stayed there a short time because there were other people there talking loudly, it was a small area, and we expected the "main overlook" to be bigger. We were wrong. We weren't sure what the main overlook was, but it was either one looking down a powerline trail or one looking through the trees. We ended up looping back, thinking we missed it somehow. The view from the skyline drive overlook is nice, but not something I want to spen ... more >>>

Forks of Red Creek Rating:
By , hiked on: 9/23/2016
A really tough experience for me. The trail is not marked at all and is very very difficult to follow. I lost the trail 4 times in the first 2 miles. Finally as I started to run out of daylight, I made the miserable decision to turn around and head for the car. The trail is extremely narrow but quite clear for the first .5 miles. Then, as it nears the spruce stands, there is no undergrowth to border the trail which makes things very difficult without markings or blazes. Even when the trail is well defined, its unpleasantly narrow. I would suggest pants, a companion, a ... more >>>

Signal Knob Rating:
By , hiked on: 9/25/2016
We hiked this trail on a nice Sunday afternoon. We started around noon and ended at 5:30 pm. As an FYI, if you are heading south on 678 (Fort Valley Road) make sure to go far enough until you see the correct signage (Signal Knob Parking) on the right. The reason I mention this is because there is an empty lot about 0.1 miles to the north of the correct lot with no signage and a trail that leads off up the mountain similar to the correct one. We started hiking it and realized it was not the correct one. This is a long gentle hike that is not too strenuous with ... more >>>

Tibbet Knob Rating:
By , hiked on: 9/25/2016
My 9 year old and I hiked Tibbet Knob and loved it. We hit the trail around 12:40, only saw 5 people coming down, there were 5 people at the top, but we eventually had the summit to ourselves and saw no one on the way back down. Great hike, my 9 year old keep saying the steep sections were not "family friendly", because of someones review here. :) ... more >>>


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This is a relatively new invasive species now being reported in Maryland and Northern Virginia. The weed displaces the local flora and suppresses normal pollination altering biodiversity. Here is how you can help eradicate this plant before it's too late!

Hunting Seasons 2016-2017
Hunting seasons are getting underway, and it's important to take extra precautions when hiking this time of the year. Hunting season's start around mid-October and run through February. Big game rifle season's are generally Thanksgiving through the first week of January.

Friends of Shenandoah Mountain
Friends of Shenandoah Mountain is a group of concerned citizens consisting of local residents, businesses, faith communities, wilderness advocates, mountain bikers, hikers, hunters, and other forest users who would like to see the wild heritage of Shenandoah Mountain protected to benefit this and future generations.

West Virginia

Wild - by Cheryl Strayed

Partial review from Dwight Garner, The New York Times:
"“...Wild” recounts the months Ms. Strayed spent, during the summer of 1995, when she was 26, hiking alone on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State..."
"...The clarity of Ms. Strayed’s prose, and thus of her person, makes her story, in its quiet way, nearly as riveting an adventure narrative as Jon Krakauer’s two “Into” books: those matey fraternal twins, “Into the Wild” and “Into Thin Air...”

A Walk For Sunshine - by Jef Alt Review
Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure filled with humorous, frightening, and inspirational stories including, bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings. As Alt walked on through freezing temperatures, driving rain, and sunny skies, he was constantly buoyed by the knowledge that his walk was dedicated to his brother who has cerebral palsy. Alt's adventure inspired an annual fundraiser which has raised over $150,000 for the Sunshine Home where his brother lives.

The Mid-Atlantic Hiker's Guide: West Virginia - by Michael V. Juskelis

Michael Juskelis’ dedication to the outdoors, as well as decades and many thousands of miles of hiking experience, is in evidence throughout his new guide to a selection of West Virginia’s most beautiful trails.

With 64 backpacking and day hikes this new West Virginia hiking guide is a must have for old-salt hikers looking for that new route, as well as the beginner trying to find an easier hike with gorgeous scenery.

  • Detailed reviews of the trails
  • Trail directions, including important landmarks such as camping, water sources, and view points
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  • Trail coordinates
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