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Virginia Top 5

Old Rag Mountain
537 Reviews
White Oak/Cedar Run
191 Reviews
Strickler Knob
147 Reviews
Crabtree Falls
137 Reviews
Signal Knob
135 Reviews

North Carolina Top 5

Grandfather Mountain/Daniel Boone
7 Reviews
Hanging Rock
5 Reviews
Mt. Mitchell
3 Reviews
Roan Highlands
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Pinch In/Rock Jock/Linville Gorge
2 Reviews

Maryland Top 5

Maryland Heights
57 Reviews
Sugarloaf Mountain
22 Reviews
Billy Goat Trail
20 Reviews
Catoctin Mountain Park
16 Reviews
Maryland Challenge
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West Virginia Top 5

Big Schloss
90 Reviews
Tibbet Knob
67 Reviews
Dolly Sods North
56 Reviews
Halfmoon Mountain
34 Reviews
Mill Mountain
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Below are the most recent hiker reviews

Fortunes Cove Rating:
By Marc R, hiked on: 10/22/2016
Three friends hiked today - 50 degrees, sunny and windy.  We hiked counterclockwise starting behind the large Fortune's Cove wood / stone sign.  If you are a regular hiker, you would find this not very challenging, but for beginners it is challenging with several steep parts.  A few good views.  No running streams today. Yellow trail is well marked - you can't get lost.  ... more >>>

Boone Fork/Price Lake Rating:
By , hiked on: 10/21/2016
OUSTANDING is the first work that comes to mind. We ultimately took the trail in as described in the map page, but started w/ hte lake loop as a warm-up. It just kept improving! The lake loop was great (except for the copperhead near the beaver bog on the far end). We returned to the car and grapped our packs and poles, a hat (cuz it was cold at 45 degrees in the shade) and gloves "just in case". The wind was rough at times up on the ridge (in the first 2miles) but once you are down into the forest, it was awesome. We stayed shielded from the wind (and rain) ... more >>>

Emerald Pond Rating:
By Karl, hiked on: 10/21/2016
I hiked this as described, starting at the creepy abandoned visitors center (would be good in a Stephen King movie). The first mile or so is a challenge as you can see from the elevation profile, but taking a few breaks I made it to the top. The trails vary from very rocky to smooth gravel road. The pond is nice and I sat there for a while. There is a tremendous amount of litter at and near a gate close to the pond, and broken beer bottles at the pond -- apparently roads near the pond are accessible to the public and it ends up being a sort of hillbilly retreat. I picked up ... more >>>

Old Rag Mountain Rating:
By Andrew, hiked on: 10/22/2016
Think the leaves need an extra week to be perfect. Hike was great, but when we got there at 7:30, I'd venture 20-30 cars int the parking lot. It was a cold, cloudy very windy day, and this did not deter anyone. ... more >>>

Duncan Knob Hollow Rating:
By , hiked on: 10/22/2016
I would give this hike a 2 out of 5 rating in terms of difficulty. 95% of this hike is pretty easy and along plain easy terrain, with the other 5% comprising of the "steepest" 0.8 miles (it is not steep at all) and the rock scramble. A few tips/FYI: 1) I was confused where to start the hike, and it wasn't really clear from the HU instructions, but luckily I was on the correct trail. Start the trail along the said parking coordinates. If parking is full, you may park in the trail/horse parking ground, located about 100 yards on the left (through the white gate). This is the ... more >>>

Raven Rocks Rating:
By Suzanne, hiked on: 10/22/2016
Just a gorgeous hike! The view at the top is worth the steep, rocky incline to get there. I started hiking at 9, and only a few of us hiking at that time. Different story on the way back. Very windy today. I would love to do this hike in the Winter when the leaves are down. However would not attempt it if any moisture was on the ground. The rock would be too slippery. ... more >>>

Spruce Knob/Seneca Creek Rating:
By RPADC, hiked on: 10/17/2016
Absolutely gorgeous. I echo what other reviewers note about the fascinating environmental changes. Deep, mossy, evergreen forest that looks like something out of Tolkien. Rocky scrub on the ridges. Deciduous canopy in full autumn color change. Lush meadows, also bursting with fall color. This was my first backpacking outing since the Scouting days of my long ago youth. After building up to it with day hikes and car camping, the Spruce Knob trek has me excited to load up the pack some more. This trip consisted of two adult humans and two adult canines carrying the ... more >>>


Hunting Seasons 2016-2017
Hunting seasons are getting underway, and it's important to take extra precautions when hiking this time of the year. Hunting season's start around mid-October and run through February. Big game rifle season's are generally Thanksgiving through the first week of January.

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.

Wavyleaf Basketgrass
This is a relatively new invasive species now being reported in Maryland and Northern Virginia. The weed displaces the local flora and suppresses normal pollination altering biodiversity. Here is how you can help eradicate this plant before it's too late!

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
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  • Trail coordinates
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