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Old Rag Mountain
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182 Reviews
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133 Reviews
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North Carolina Top 5

Grandfather Mountain/Daniel Boone
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Hanging Rock
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Roan Highlands
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Linville Falls
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Maryland Heights
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Big Schloss
89 Reviews
Tibbet Knob
65 Reviews
Dolly Sods North
49 Reviews
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32 Reviews
Mill Mountain
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Below are the most recent hiker reviews

Dolly Sods/Lions Head Rating:
By Jenny F., hiked on: 7/2/2016
This is a question: I'm not familiar with this hike. What is the wildlife like and what kind of food storage should I be using? I typically just use a waterproof stuffsack and string it up if I'm not too concerned about bears. From There are bears in Dolly Sods. You should use an elevated bear bag at least 50 yards from your campsite. ... more >>>

Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve Rating:
By DiGiSav, hiked on: 6/30/2016
It is a good short hike, the trees provide excellent shade for a summer hike. I'll echo the previous reviewer that commented regarding the lack of switchbacks making for a near constant ascent, and descent. The deer tick and Lone Star tick population however is BOOMING there. I do not exaggerate when I say my daughter, my dog and myself had over 40 ticks. I was still pulling them off hours later, and now every time I feel a little tickle on my skin I get a little panicked... ... more >>>

Stairway To Heaven Rating:
By Peter, hiked on: 6/30/2016
I hiked this hike today with a friend of mine. We both agree that this hike should not be rated a 3, but probably a 4, and a high 4 at that. The great think that I enjoyed about hiking this was that for all the work you actually get 3 payoffs. They are as follows: , 1. The cross: this part of the hike follows the stations of the cross, as you hike up a steep portion of mountainside. The trail is unkempt, and I believe that to be deliberate- especially after the cross, where it is suddenly nice and neat. At the top is a cross attached to a "fire tower" like structu ... more >>>

Roan Highlands Rating:
By , hiked on: 6/25/2016
Great hike! I just hiked from Carvers Gap to 19E (Mountain Harbour B&B/hostel) for the second time. Created a general guide if anyone would like it (just email me). Strongly recommend paying the $5/night parking at Mountain Harbour B&B - It's safe and the people who run it are incredibly nice, oh and it has shuttle service. There are plenty of campsites, but my personal favorites are atop the balds. Our group likes to start with night-hiking on Friday nights, so we stayed atop Grassy Ridge Bald (highest elevation) and while it was a little difficult finding a spot because o ... more >>>

Stairway To Heaven Rating:
By Dan, hiked on: 6/29/2016
The view from the top is, indeed, spectacular. But if you are expecting a moderately challenging 3 difficulty hike, be sure to take a close look at the topographical chart for this one. The climb up to North Mountain Rocks is an unrelenting 1200 feet of elevation gain over 2 miles, and it's a long, hard slog over the rock-encrusted North Mountain Trail. Totally worth it for the view, but bear in mind the lyrics of the song: There's a lady who's sure, this hike is a 4 Yes, a 4 for the Stairway to Heaven When she gets there she knows, a 3's way too low ... more >>>

Hawksbill Franklin Cliffs Rating:
By Meagan U, hiked on: 6/28/2016
This is a great hike as ThunderBear said. First 1/2 of hike very shady so that was great, vegetation has grown up along the sides of the path, but beautiful. The 1/2 half along the AT does have great views of the valley. We took a short detour to see the Stone Cabin and Spring (.2 off hike route around mile 7 or so) where we filled up our water bottles and rested in front of the cabin with a great view. Noticed ThunderBear had signed in on the hiker log! Took us 5.5 hours just as predicted we kept a pretty quick pace (but we had an added .4 miles due to the detour to ... more >>>

White Oak/Cedar Run Rating:
By , hiked on: 6/29/2016
Great hike! I went with my two adult daughters. We did the hike as written and suggested. I would say, much tougher than I expected and usually have no trouble with a 8-10 mike hike. The hike up to the Upper Falls is a series of switch backs so we expected (maybe hoped) for some relief on the fire road across or down the other side. Fire road was one complete incline for the 2.2 miles. Traversing down the other side was tricky and my girls and I had legs of jello at the end. That being said, the waterfalls were amazing. More dramatic on the way up but equally beauti ... more >>>


Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) Cabins
We receive many emails every year asking about the cabins in the GWNF and SNP. Maintained by PATC, the club has twelve public use cabins between $20-$45 per/night, as well as twenty PATC members only cabins. Reservations are generally taken up to two months in advance. Check out all the info below:

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.

Black Bears and Hiking on the East Coast
Catching a sighting of a Black Bear can be the highlight of a hike. In the mid-Atlantic, the most likely place to encounter a bear is in the Shenandoah National Park, however they are present in many of our forests or parks.

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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