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Rock Castle Gorge Rating:
By Bill , hiked on: 8/1/2015
Perfect day for a hike.  Sunny and low humidity.  Parked at Rocky Knob Visitors Center and hiked counterclockwise.  Started at 6 AM and finished at 1200 with a 1 hr lunch break.  Saw 11 deer, 1 skunk, and two turkeys. Trail was mostly in good shape.  A couple of the creek crossings were a little washed out due to some heavy rains in late July.  The worst spot was ... more >>>

Strickler Knob Rating:
By , hiked on: 8/1/2015
This hike is wonderfully brutal. I highly, highly recommend it - the views are awesome and summit is worth it. Just keep in mind that you're not going to fly through it like you could Old Rag or White Oak Canyon (assuming no crowds). With this hike, you are either going up a steep incline or down - nothing in between (except for the first 100 feet or so). Add the gigantic ... more >>>

Hawksbill Franklin Cliffs Rating:
By Upward and Onwa , hiked on: 7/30/2015
By far the most wildlife we have seen in one hike. Most of the hike is shaded which is also very nice. The views are very beautiful. About a mile into the hike we walked by two large deer that came about two feet away from us. We also saw some large birds shortly after that. We saw one small and timid bear about 5 or 6 miles into the hike that was hiding and then scampered ... more >>>

BRCES Rating:
By , hiked on: 8/1/2015
This review is based on my experience today. The BRCES organization generously keeps the facility open for recreational use. I hiked it today following the route shown on this website. There was a group of about a dozen campers (I assume) and some folks at the farm area, but not one other hiker. Some of the trails are generously wide, but a lot of them are narrow (maybe one ... more >>>

Duncan Knob Hollow Rating:
By , hiked on: 7/25/2015
We had a great weekend backpacking! The Southeastern portion of the trail is a bit overgrown with black berry bushes. It made headway a bit difficult, due to the abundance of thorns. At least the berries were in season. The black berries also attracted bears. The trail was littered in fresh black bear scat, and a number of other hikers said they'd seen bears. Speaking of things ... more >>>

Kepler Overlook Rating:
By , hiked on: 5/24/2015
This was a good hike out and back. Although I was expecting to encounter fewer people, it was still a fair amount of solitude. We got to the trail late and found the two campsites at the top that we originally planned to stay in already occupied. However, there was a nice big campsite just back from the ridge and it accommodated our three tents perfectly. It is a fa ... more >>>

St Mary's Wilderness Rating:
By , hiked on: 7/26/2015
Tried to hike up to the mines but trail not in very good shape. Hopefully a local trail crew can clear the trails around the areas of the falls and the mines. But it was enjoyable and peaceful. One major complaint is the folks camping on the trail but the falls and those that came up for the day. lots of trash left. That is clearly unacceptable for people to leave beer cans and ... 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.

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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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