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Ramseys Draft Rating:
By Game ON , hiked on: 6/28/2015
I'm w/ Game 12, this is one of my all time favorite hikes, ever, anywhere, anytime!!! YES, I did get my first and only case of poison ivy here - it is terribly overgrown - but I EARNED that poison ivy and had an AMAZING time getting it! (And have been back many, many time....just wear long pants). THIS IS THE FREAKIN' WILDERNESS AND EVERY BIT OF JOY AND BEAUTY THAT ... more >>>

Moorman's River Rating:
By Sue eckroth , hiked on: 6/28/2015
This is a beautiful hike especially with some good rain earlier in the week. We went early on a Sunday am and got "last" parking spot. We went up to the falls then on backtracking took left at fork for extra time out on a beautiful day. It's so amazing and a very easy hike ending up doing 7 miles but didn't feel like it. The upper parking lot is closed btw. Only complaints are ... more >>>

Riprap Hollow Rating:
By , hiked on: 6/28/2015
This is my third visit to this trail, the first one being a short out and back to the chimney rocks, and the second was the entire loop, as stated here and on the kiosk at the parking center. I am speaking from experience, and I wish I had figured this out earlier, but this whole hike is waaaaaay better if you do the loop backwards. That means starting on the AT going south ins ... more >>>

Signal Knob Rating:
By Steve F. , hiked on: 6/28/2015
Great views for modest effort. Be sure to continue past the transmitter, following the orange blazes to the nice overlook. Nice time I will hike back to the white-blazed Meneka Peak Trail and take that to the blue-blazed Tuscarora Trail, rather than go down the gravel road and then hike back up to Meneka Peak. ... more >>>

Raven Rocks Rating:
By Katie , hiked on: 6/28/2015
I didn't get here until around 2:30 and got the last spot in the small parking lot! I thought this was a very fun hike. There are a few steep, rocky ascends but they would end at the perfect time and you could walk flat for awhile! Be careful going down, it did a toll on my knees and I don't usually have issues there. Very fun though and there are several campsites througho ... more >>>

Sugarloaf Mountain Rating:
By , hiked on: 6/28/2015
A great hike for those looking to expand their skills!  This path took us up rocky trails with scant markers (orange) and forced navigation skills to identify which direction to turn at crossings.  The blue trail was a challenging up/down trail with nice breaks as you hiked along ridges.  The views were fabulous! I highly recommend hiking poles for those who are ... more >>>

Dead Run Rating:
By , hiked on: 6/28/2015
It poured like crazy yesterday, so this was a very muddy hike. But also very green and beautiful with stream views (including many stream crossings, which resulted in wet shoes). If you're debating between sneakers and hiking boots, go with the boots. The more waterproof the better. One of my favorite things about this hike in summer: it's super shady. We didn ... 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:

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.

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2015 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial
In 2015, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and the Mountain Club of Maryland will host the next Biennial Conference of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, to be held at the campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., adjacent to Interstate 81.

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  • PATC is seeking volunteers to help with the conference planning, to lead hikes and excursions, to help with registration, and many other needs. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete and return this form.

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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.

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