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Below are the most recent hiker reviews

Duncan Knob Hollow Rating:
By Kaitlyn , hiked on: 5/20/2017
An excellent overnight hike! About 3- 3.5 miles in, we found the fantastic multi-tent campsite along the Little Passage Creek, which is situated approx. 100 feet off the Massanutten Trail and includes a pre-made stone fire pit, direct access to the creek for water refills, and many tent spaces (it likely can sleep 12-14 people). We set down our gear and continued to hike the rest of the loop, circling back to our tentsite and hiked out first thing Sunday morning. The trails are extremely well maintained, though were recently drenched with a storm the day before and the trai ... more >>>

Kennedy Peak Rating:
By Hobo Hiker, hiked on: 5/21/2017
Great hike. Added treat was talking to and watching paragliders as they took off from the Kennedy Peak parking area. Added this hike to my favorites even with the full green coverage. I said "Google directions to Kennedy Peak VA" and my Galaxy phone navigated me right to the trail parking. There is a brown sign with white lettering that says "Trail Parking." No actually sign at the road parking entrance saying "Stephens Trail Parking." You turn off the main road and go through a white gate that looks almost like a one lane private dirt road. That leads to an open gra ... more >>>

Shenandoah Mountain Rating:
By hikingmaster, hiked on: 5/20/2017
Overall Great hike, but the description is in need of some tune-up.Many of the signs that they mentioned are no longer in existence.Mainly, when you arrive at the section after Hiner Springs, and there is the bridge-hallow trail to the right, we could not find any sign.The trail vanishes at you walk through the numerous campsites, but luckily we had a solid map.Ton's of blow-downs, to the point that it wasn't hiking, but scrambling.As for the camp site, it's an ok site, nothing great.I understand the need for a water source, but I'd suggest Jerrys run.Phenomenal site ... more >>>

Sugar Knob Rating:
By C$ and the Bug , hiked on: 5/13/2017
This hike was troubling to us for a couple reasons that may not bother others. I will start with those then get into the positives. 1- The stream crossings were all right, but there were countless 'mud crossings' that were not fun. 2- The trail is large rock 80% of the hike. This was brutal on the feet and very annoying. Aside from the above, the hike was quite interesting. Starting off in the lower biome by the river we saw newts and turtles, with lush ferns and foliage. The view from the top of the ridge was quite outstanding- one of the best ... more >>>

Little Schloss Rating:
By Beth, hiked on: 5/19/2017
I came back to do the loop as an overnight trip (Friday - Saturday) with a friend! We decided to hike CW (backwards from written), and parked at the Little Sluice trailhead in order to get the road walking out of the way. We set out around 2:30pm and arrived at the intersection of Tuscarora and Little Sluice trails around 8pm (including a couple of breaks). The creek was lovely and there were plenty of water sources up until the Little Sluice Mountain trail. It had recently rained so there were lots of puddles and mud in spots on the trail, but if you're careful it's still ... more >>>

Eagle Rock Rating:
By Daniel F, hiked on: 5/20/2017
All in all a pretty good hike. The trail is very well-marked and relatively easy for the first 2.5 miles. The steady uphill getting to the outlook in the middle of this hike is a bit more challenging, but still not very difficult. And the overlook in the middle is fantastic. Some of the best views of any hike in the area. Even though the majority of the hike isn't terribly interesting, the overlook makes it worth the trip. However, a small word of warning - watch out for ticks. I've rarely had so much trouble with ticks as my wife and I had on this hike. Must hav ... more >>>

North Fork Mountain Rating:
By Andrew, hiked on: 5/20/2017
A friend and I day hiked the entire trail. It was a great hike! Tons of views. Took us 8 hrs of walking time and 1.5 hrs for lunch and stops. Checked the spring at the half way point and water was flowing pretty well. Definitely could have filtered some if we needed water. The above instructions were spot on and made it impossible to get lost. ... 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.

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
  • 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 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. 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.
All expenses are covered by donations. Please consider making a donation to to help with these costs, all contributions are greatly appreciated. Thank You.

Tony Van Vugt

Originally from Australia, Tony began 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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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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