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Rock Castle Gorge Rating:
By , hiked on: 11/26/2015
Great Thanksgiving hike. Arrived at parking off CC Camp Ln around 11am. The trail is still "closed" due to hazardous conditions. After completing trail, the hazards were 1) leaves on trail making it very slick and 2) some washed out conditions due to some recent flooding. If you are careful, the trail is passable. It was a very quiet, peaceful hike. I completed it in 5 ho ... more >>>

Duncan Knob Rating:
By , hiked on: 11/26/2015
Overall, this is an excellent hike. The most fun part is the rock scramble up Duncan Knob you don't need any true bouldering skills, nor are you hoisting yourself up at any point, but you are climbing up and over decent-sized rocks to a great view at the top (it's cold and windy up there). The trail itself was relatively easy except for one part (to understand the following c ... more >>>

Spy Rock Rating:
By , hiked on: 11/24/2015
I've been hiking up to Spy Rock for over thirty years (I have a vacation cabin in the area). You will be on private road/property most of the way, there are multiple drive ways and trails on the way up that can be confusing (especially at night) so follow the blue blazes all the way to the gap and head north (left) on the AT trail (white blazes). There are no camping sites unti ... more >>>

Prince William Forest Rating:
By , hiked on: 11/14/2015
Did the variation of this hike found in AMC's "Day Hikes in the Washington, DC Area", where we started the visitor's center and looped back down along Quantico Creek past the Pyrite Mine.  It was roughly the same length (8.0 miles or so), so I would recommend that one too.  Took around 3.5 hours.  I loved PWFP, it was a gorgeous place so close to DC.  It was a great half day in ... more >>>

Crabtree Falls Rating:
By , hiked on: 11/22/2015
This turned out to be one of my favorite hikes. The Crabtree Falls are gorgeous and the 360 degree views from Spy Rock are some of the most spectacular in the region. Aesthetically speaking, I find the undulating jumble of peaks that characterize the Blue Ridge so much more pleasing than the parallel ridges of the ridge and Valley Appalachians further west. And while it's tr ... more >>>

Harpers Ferry/Loudoun Heights Rating:
By , hiked on: 11/15/2015
This is an awesome hike! The directions on Hiking Upward are terrific you will not get lost. The views from the trail overlooking Harper's Ferry and Loudon Heights are wonderful. The trail is well maintained. The leaves had completely disappeared from the trees, but overall the trail wasn't slippery. I didn't find the trail overly strenuous, and neither did my friend, who' ... more >>>

Overall Run/Beecher Ridge Rating:
By , hiked on: 11/22/2015
I hiked this with a friend on Sunday, November 22. The day was dry but a little nippy. Overall, it's a superb hike. The directions on Hiking Upward are excellent unless you can't read, there's no way you can leave the trail, which is well marked throughout. The trail repeatedly crosses Overall Run most crossings are by log (a felled tree) and it is possible to fall in the s ... more >>>


Hunting Seasons 2015-2016
Hunting seasons are getting underway, and it's important to take extra precautions when hiking this time of the year. Hunting seasons generally start around mid-October and run through February. Big Game rifle seasons are Thanksgiving through the first week of January.

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.

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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