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House Mountain Rating:
By , hiked on: 10/28/2014
I hiked this with a friend yesterday and started around 2:10pm (when we got to the gate) and finished around 5:45pm. -Side Note**I'm a collegiate athlete** But this was one hard hike I must admit, going at the speed we did, I could help but keep strutting. This hike had more straight uphill than any other trail I've endured. It was a GREAT workout, and the reward wa ... more >>>

Old Rag Mountain Rating:
By Skywhistler , hiked on: 10/28/2014
This is the second time I did this hike. First time was about two weeks ago.. and what a difference two weeks can make! If you get the chance, the trees are at peak color in my opinion, and absolutely breathtaking. I usually do long hikes on the AT north of SNP to stay away from crowds, and I always considered Rag Mountain a tourist trap so I stayed away from it. But, today ... more >>>

Big Devils Stairs Rating:
By aldikuma , hiked on: 10/27/2014
Normally I avoid SNP because of the crowds and head to GWNF instead. However, it was a Monday and I wanted a quick nearby hike, so this was it. And it was very much worth it! It was a beautiful day to be outside, and aside from the bugs making their last rounds, this hike was awesome. The trees were so colorful and sun was shining through them - many nice photo opps. I didn't h ... more >>>

Crabtree Falls Rating:
By Dman , hiked on: 10/25/2014
A fantastic hike over all . Highly recommend you arrive early on weekends though .We arrived at 10 am and got 1 of 2 spots open. This is a tough hike the further you go up in altitude , but the falls are amazing . Probably best to take a day off work and go as lots of people and their dogs to avoid on the way down cars dbl parked on both sides way out. Made for some great pi ... more >>>

Dolly Sods/Lions Head Rating:
By Jim , hiked on: 10/16/2014
I can't believe how popular Dolly Sods has become! I haven't been there in many years and used to think of it as "my little secret in WV". The hike was so beautiful, most of the leaves were blown down from wind and weather but what color that remained was bright and vibrant in little pockets along streams and south facing hillsides. Campsites were still plentiful and clean and ... more >>>

Bear Church Rock Rating:
By , hiked on: 10/27/2014
Took a day off in the hopes of avoiding weekend crowds and was deciding between two hikes that I've not done before. We met a few other hikers along the way and shared the vista with a couple of other folks but had some great conversation. The view from the top was amazing and well worth the effort to get there. That last 1.2 miles is pretty steep and one can feel the burn i ... more >>>

Spruce Knob/Seneca Creek Rating:
By , hiked on: 10/24/2014
This is such a great short backpacking trip!  You really can't ask for more.  You pass from Spruce forests to heath meadows, to deciduous forests to  high altitude meadows.  There are great camp sites everywhere - in the Spruce area, meadows, and down by the creek.  The trails are all very clearly marked, aside from the Seneca Creek trail.  And that's not that big of a deal, be ... more >>>


Flora and Fauna of the Mid-Atlantic
Have you ever come across plants, flowers, or small critters and wondered what they are? Take a look at this comprehensive Mid-Atlantic flora/fauna site run by our good friend Mike. We often snap pics of plants and flowers to identify when we return from hiking.

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Xtreme Hike For Cystic Fibrosis
Have you ever considered an Xtreme benefit hike? Here is one happening at the Wintergreen Resort to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research. It is being sponsored by Geico and Devil’s Backbone Brewery and will consist of two distances, 12 and 28 miles. For more information checkout the link below or contact Martin

Ticks and Lyme Disease
The ticks start coming out in the Spring, with the summer months of June and July prime ticks season. Help protect yourself from Lyme Disease and make sure to take the proper precautions. Apply a repellent with 30%+ deet, and consider using a clothing repellent like Permathrin that kills ticks.

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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.

  • Detailed reviews of the trails
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