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Three Ridges Rating:
By , hiked on: 4/24/2015
I will preface my review by saying that I have backpacked through much of the northern Rockies in Montana and Idaho. My wife and I did the loop as a two day backpacking trip.  We had not really planned on hiking here, but Shenandoah NP shut down campign along the trail we had planned originally. This was my wife's first backpacking trip.  Not a good trail ... more >>>

Overall Run/Beecher Ridge Rating:
By , hiked on: 4/24/2015
Great Hike, total from parking to overlook was 7.36 miles. Took me about 5 hours to complete. I Stopped for lunch next to the upper falls and took plenty of pictures. Just took it slow coming back out. I was the only one on the trail when I started, which gave me plenty of time to enjoy the falls. Not much blooming there yet, but it was only 39 F. Would definitely do this trai ... more >>>

The Peak Rating:
By Aimee D , hiked on: 4/26/2015
I would like to flag this hike as "highly recommended" for folks doing Philmont training or the Hiking merit badge. We modified it by parking at Jenkins Gap and doing it as an out-and-back to the Peak. The distance came in at about 10.3 miles, with a perfect mix of gradual and steep. We did not have difficulty finding or keeping to the "abandoned" trail to the Peak, with the ca ... more >>>

Falls Ridge Rating:
By aldikuma , hiked on: 4/26/2015
I really enjoyed this hike, but I think it depends on what kind of hiker you are. I prefer a lot of change in scenery and challenges. I definitely got these! I didn't read all the way through the previous posters or I would've seen the description for what's off the red blazed trail halfway up the ascent on the yellow trail (waterfall and rock scramble). I'll know fo ... more >>>

Crabtree Falls Rating:
By Hiketress , hiked on: 4/24/2015
I stumbled upon this hike while staying in Wintergreen. What a great discovery! It's a beautiful hike with many great chances to interact with different parts of the falls. Quite unique for the area. Three hours is about right. It was a bit muddy, so I would recommend hiking boots, but sneakers will do just fine if you're careful with your footing. ... more >>>

Catoctin Mountain Park Rating:
By , hiked on: 4/25/2015
I have to say I agree with the previous review regarding there not being more reviews on this hike. I've hiked the Sugarloaf Mt. trail as well and I think that Catocitin definitely has it beat regarding views, but the two are similar. Started the hike just before noon on a chilly overcast day and there was plenty of parking left, but I am sure it fills up when the weather is ... more >>>

GRT Wildlife Management Area Rating:
By , hiked on: 4/26/2015
First of all, never had to pay a fee to hike here also there is many parking spots to access this area. Yes, there is a sign that says you need a fishing, hunting or boating licenses which helps fund the place, but no front person asking any money. Funny thing, there is no donate box that I can find... Anyways back to the hiking! I went today with a group of people f ... 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:

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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  • PATC is seeking volunteers to help with the conference planning, to lead hikes and excursions, to help with registration, and many other needs. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete and return this form.

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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