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Old Rag Mountain
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Grandfather Mountain/Daniel Boone
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Hanging Rock
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Maryland Heights
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18 Reviews
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Big Schloss
89 Reviews
Tibbet Knob
65 Reviews
Dolly Sods North
50 Reviews
Halfmoon Mountain
32 Reviews
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Below are the most recent hiker reviews

Raven Rocks Rating:
By Suzanne, hiked on: 7/30/1916
Great hike! It woud be much more scenic in the Fall and Spring when the leaves are not on the trees. I didn't get all the way to the end as I got a late start and didn't want to get caught by darkness. The rock formations that I did come across would have had good views, if not for the trees. Very rocky. Good hiking shoes are a much.  I could have used a hiking stick too. Worked up a good sweat. ... more >>>

Canaan Mountain/Table Rock Rating:
By , hiked on: 7/22/2016
We did a modified version of this hike, so we could do it in three days and an overall total of about 29 miles. After leaving the lodge we crossed Plantation trail and went south on the Pointy Knob trail, spending our first night at the 2nd shelter campsite on the Pointy Knob Trail. There is water close by but it is boggy and you'll probably get muddy. All the trails were well marked. From there we hiked up to Table Rock and spent our second night there. Saw only day hikers the entire trip. Table Rock was unbelievable! It is one of the best views we have seen. Got there ... more >>>

Spruce Knob/Seneca Creek Rating:
By , hiked on: 7/22/2016
Four our annual trip to mountains, we chose this location based on the fact that we would have a water supply and excellent camping in the summer. The camping spots were incredible and the diversity of the ecosystems were amazing. I took four boys between the ages of 14-16 and they loved the camping, fishing, swimming in the creek, and the waterfall. It was a perfect blend of work and relaxation. I did modify the hike to take Judy Springs Trail to Seneca Creek Trail from day one, then shortened the trip out to Spruce Knob by taking Horton Trail from the waterfall as the ... more >>>

Mt Rogers/Wilburn Ridge Rating:
By , hiked on: 7/23/2016
The hike was great, but the one thing I would say, is that this loop is not an easy hike. We took a group of 21 scouts and adults, ranging from 13 to 53 and ranging at all levels of fitness and experience. The majority of the second day of the hike is uphill, with lot's of "stairs", along with a fair amount of very tricky terrain. It turned out to be almost beyond my capabilities, which granted, are on the lower side of most hikers that are out there. The positives were the camping areas were good. Access to water was good at Old Orchard, a rather full cree ... more >>>

Dolly Sods/Lions Head Rating:
By , hiked on: 6/30/2016
Hiked in about 3 miles on Bear Rocks Tr 522 to Raven Ridge Tr 521. Spent the night under the Red Spruce Grove which was cool but spooky at night by myself. Woke up about 3am to a doe standing about 10 feet away. Headed out in the morning for the views on Rocky Ridge Tr 524 but spooked a black bear on the trail half way there. I realized later that it was only because I was being too quiet on my own. Anyway, I turned slowly and hiked out to my truck. Really spooked me more than the bear. Going back again in late August this year WITH a partner and we WILL make noise. :) Othe ... more >>>

North Fork Mountain Rating:
By , hiked on: 7/23/2016
Trail itself very narrow at times and is difficult due to broken terrain and rocks, this slows the pace and can be extremely hazardous at times!  I can not stress that point enough, if one is not careful in their footing or rolls an ankle at an inopportune time there could be a large unforgiving fall from the trail.  Well fitting footwear is a must have, personally leather ankle high boots would be ideal for this reason.  The spring was active and looked more like a well but water was flowing down hill through wet grass and leaves into a small messy basin with leave ... more >>>

Three Falls Rating:
By Patricia, hiked on: 7/24/2016
This hike was mostly downhill and very rocky. The views were better on the hike than at the falls. Barely anything to look at at Rose River Falls and the swimming hole was shallow and small. Dark Hollow Falls was prettier but still not much to look at and nowhere to swim. We did not make it to the third fall because we got too bored and decided to turn around. Would not recommend. ... more >>>


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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.

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