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White Oak/Cedar Run Rating:
By hikeforadventur , hiked on: 3/29/2015
We loved this hike and agree with the other review comparing its difficulty to Old Rag. While it was not quite the rock climb Old Rag is there are several river crossings and icy sections of Cedar Run that had us checking our balance. We would not recommend coming down the Cedar Run side if it has recently rained or snowed, and friends don't let friends wear worn down old sne ... more >>>

Fridley Gap Rating:
By elis , hiked on: 3/28/2015
after reading a lot of the reviews and hiking it myself, i had to give it 3 stars. i saw maybe ten people through the whole hike including the day i camped. it was pretty vacant. i started out at martins bottom and did it backwards i guess. the ascent on the purple blaze got intense quickly and the descent on the other side was steep. i got to the swimming whole and set up camp ... more >>>

Dolly Sods North Rating:
By John , hiked on: 3/22/2015
This was an incredible hike, everything I hoped for and more. I posted some photos to my blog here: ... more >>>

Strickler Knob Rating:
By Phil , hiked on: 3/28/2015
Set out from Massanutten Trailhead around 10am. Moderately difficult hike up to the bushwhacked Strickler trail, which is marked by a pink cairn up on a tree. Essentially, you just hang a right across the small rock/Boulder field once you hit the top of the ridge to head out to the knob. A few fun rock scrambles and great views of the New Market Gap and Luray Valley the entire ... more >>>

Mills Creek Rating:
By Ken D , hiked on: 3/28/2015
I thought this hike was okay if you want distance and solitude, but the walk along Mills Creek really isn't since most of the time you can't see the creek. Unlike others I didn't think the rocks along Torry Ridge were worse than other rocky sections on different hikes. There are a couple of stretches where you have to watch your footing, but otherwise it's fine. I actually thou ... more >>>

Old Rag Mountain Rating:
By Deleahrium , hiked on: 3/25/2015
We began at 11am and encountered only 3 other groups the whole time we traversed the circuit. The first group we saw was at the very first "difficult" section of rock scramble, where an individual stood in the way and "encouraged" us on, trying to tell us where to put our feet and what to grab. I literally had to put my face in this guy's crotch because he was just hanging out ... more >>>

Meneka Peak Rating:
By ExFed , hiked on: 3/23/2015
Started the hike at 7:00 AM from a vacant parking lot. Chilly but sunny. Had done this hike before and much prefer this hike before the leaves come out. Glad that I had my hiking sticks and some sturdy boots, as I had forgotten how rocky many parts of the trail are. My GPS measured the hike to be 8.6 miles, I completed it in 4:18, and I agree with the stated degree of difficult ... more >>>


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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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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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