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Virginia Top 5

Old Rag Mountain
550 Reviews
White Oak/Cedar Run
207 Reviews
Strickler Knob
157 Reviews
Signal Knob
143 Reviews
Crabtree Falls
139 Reviews



North Carolina Top 5

Grandfather Mountain/Daniel Boone
7 Reviews
Hanging Rock
5 Reviews
Roan Highlands
5 Reviews
Pinch In/Rock Jock/Linville Gorge
3 Reviews
Mt. Mitchell
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Maryland Top 5

Maryland Heights
60 Reviews
Billy Goat Trail
28 Reviews
Sugarloaf Mountain
23 Reviews
Catoctin Mountain Park
19 Reviews
Maryland Challenge
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Big Schloss
93 Reviews
Tibbet Knob
71 Reviews
Dolly Sods North
64 Reviews
Halfmoon Mountain
42 Reviews
Spruce Knob/Seneca Creek
33 Reviews

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Below are the most recent hiker reviews

Falls Ridge Rating:
By , hiked on: 7/23/2017
A decent hike with a very long and steep slog up the mountain. We walked in from the locked Laurel Run gate on FR 252, so our hike was 2 miles in, the 6.9-mile hike itself, and 2 miles out. The directions on here led us to believe that it might be hard to spot the side trail to the waterfall. Not so. There is a very large cairn marked with a white blaze opposite the trail. And the waterfall trail is newly marked with bright white blazes. We were alone at the falls and we saw one other couple all day, who came in from the dirt road in WV and were doing the Laurel ... more >>>

St Mary's Wilderness Rating:
By will m, hiked on: 7/22/2017
I did this trip counterclockwise, along with the spur to St. Mary's falls, as an overnight backpack. Most of the way was shaded, which was a relief, as it was extremely hot. The Bald Mountain Trail and St. Mary's River Trail are both quite overgrown in spots -- not so much that you'll lose the trail, but you will be pushing through brush at many points. You'll get a few abrasions on exposed skin, but nothing bad. The trail to Saint Mary's falls is tricky to follow, with many side trails and no obvious direct route, but if you're there on a weekend, there are enough peop ... more >>>

Three Ridges Rating:
By , hiked on: 7/21/2017
I hiked this as layed out on the map. Definitely a strenuous hike but not that bad. The mah-haur trail was a lot of up and down and could have used some switch backs in places. I stayed at the second shelter for the night and it was nice. The first view was the best. I ran into a mother and baby bear on the mah har trail so that was a bonus. Over all it was a nice hike and enjoyed it very much. ... more >>>

Indian Grave Ridge Rating:
By Ash, hiked on: 7/23/2017
I parked at the first parking area and followed the route as prescribed. I would rate this 3.5 if I could. It's a tale of two halves. The first half is gravel road and fire road. This part of of Luray is so pretty that even the road walk is nice. However, it's not as nice as the back half. So nice and nicer for me. Once off of the roads the trail had a lot to offer as its characteristics change often. It's a pleasant walk in the forest. The views, while difficult to capture in a photograph due to the trees, are beautiful. If I do this again I think I will do an ou ... more >>>

White Rocks Rating:
By Diana H, hiked on: 7/22/2017
Arrived at 11am and there were no cars (You do not need a high clearance vehicle to get to the top, I drove a honda fit). The trail is not well blazed and about half-way through it becomes very thorny for ~400 meters. The view at the overlook was wonderful and it was nice to not have to share the top with anybody. Giving the hike a 3/5 because there were a lot of ticks (found 2 on my friend and 1 on myself, so definitely check periodically) and the poor blazes. ... more >>>

Raven Rocks Rating:
By , hiked on: 7/22/2017
Thanks reviews are right about two big things: the parking is tough. We got lucky that someone was leaving when we got there around 10:30 because otherwise the overflow lot is a good walk back out a ridiculously dangerous Route 7. The other thing is that it's a challenging hike. Not difficult but on the high end of the moderate scale. Not crowded but we did see hikers every 10 min or so. ... more >>>

Big Run Rating:
By aldikuma, hiked on: 7/9/2017
Another nice hike in the SNP. Only saw one person along the hike outside of the AT - it was really quiet. The ascent is a workout, but not difficult. I enjoyed this short hike. ... 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.

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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

Amazon.com 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
  • TOPO maps
  • Trail coordinates
  • Order your copy here
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So Who Are We?
We are a group of avid hikers who enjoy spending time in the magnificent forests and parks of the mid-Atlantic states. Over the years, we have hiked many beautiful mountains and valleys, and founded HikingUpward.com to share what we’ve learned, create a meeting place for people who like to hike, and encourage anyone with an interest to enjoy the outdoors.

Since starting HU in 2000, we have constantly worked to create the best hiking resource in the region. Many of our new features reflect suggestions from hikers like you. Just by visiting this page, you have become a member of the HU community, and we invite you to post a review and share your tales from the trail.

In addition to the tremendous contribution of volunteer programs managed by the USDA Forest Service and National Park Service, many of the trails we trek are maintained by private groups such as the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) and the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club (NBATC). It is through their efforts that we are all able to hike these great mountains.

HikingUpward.com is completely free to use, and it is maintained entirely on a volunteer basis. We hope that you find the information on our site useful.
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Tony Van Vugt
Founder

Originally from Australia, Tony began HikingUpward.com as a way to share his favorite trails with other hikers. More than 15 years later, HU has grown to feature hundreds of day-hikes and backpacks across the mid-Atlantic region. Whenever he is not working his day job or volunteering in his local community, Tony can be found out on the trails.

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Bryce Allison
Chief Trails Officer

Bryce is based out of Goochland Virginia, near Richmond, and does most of his hiking in mid-state Virginia. Originally from Scotland, his love of hiking started after his 20th Wedding Anniversary trip to the Canadian Rockies. He prefers some of the longer hikes such as The Maryland Challenge, Mt Rogers/Grayson Highlands, North Fork Mountain and the Catoctin Trail.


Zachary Robbins
Senior Trails Contributor

Zachary is based out of Chapel Hill, NC and author of Zach's Mild Adventures. Although far from the mountains he enjoys 3+ hour drives each way combined with difficult all-day hikes. Since college he has been on hundreds of hikes around North Carolina and southern Virginia, visiting the most popular and most obscure trails he could find. There's no hike hard or long enough that he wouldn't tackle. Some of his favorite areas in North Carolina include the Black Mountains, Grandfather Mountain, Old Fort region, and Linville Gorge.

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Adam and Christine Anderson
Trails Contributors

Christine and Adam live in the heartland of Virginia's best hiking in the western part of the state. They are also the authors of Virginia Trail Guide, an in-depth blog with many hike reviews, maps, ratings, as well as tons of beautiful photos. Both are life long residents of Virginia and have hiked all over the Old Dominion, as well as many other trails along the east coast.

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Jeff Monroe
Trails Contributor

Charlottesville based Jeff Monroe has been hiking in Virginia for 25 years, and writes about some of his outings in his blog at www.wanderingvirginia.com. Jeff is an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, a former Scoutmaster and current Assistant Scoutmaster, and encourages the next generation to get out and explore the outdoors. Jeff also volunteers as an Appalachian Trail maintainer, performs trail measurements for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club's GPS Rangers, and coordinated revisions of the most recent PATC trail maps covering Shenandoah National Park's Southern District and the National Forest’s Pedlar/Glenwood District. Jeff also teaches GPS use, leads hikes for multiple trail clubs and the Boy Scouts, and has completed all 541 miles of A.T. in Virginia and all 500+ miles of trails and fire roads in Shenandoah National Park. When not working as an administrator at the University of Virginia, Jeff is often out on the trail with his constant hiking companion, Gracie the Ultimate Hiking Dog ("GUHD").


Linda Shotwell
Advocacy and Community Outreach

Linda has hiked in the mid-Atlantic for over 20 years, and enjoys spending most of her hiking time in the mountains of northwest Virginia and West Virginia. She is passionate about engaging the hiking community on all issues that affect the mountains and parks that we all love to hike.

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The Rest Of The Crew

Many other HikingUpward volunteers contribute their time and talent to map routes and maintain trails. The HU community contributors also include everyone who has posted a review of a hike on this site. Thank you!


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