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Old Rag Mountain Rating:
By MarshMudMan , hiked on: 12/21/2014
Happy winter solstice! My brother and I hiked up to the overlook at the beginning of the rock scramble in order to watch the sunrise on this, the shortest day of the year. Unfortunately, it was cloudy and the sunrise was quite unimpressive, but it was still a great day of hiking. Once the sun was up, we continued on to the summit. The rock scramble is always fun. The views from ... more >>>

Halfmoon Mountain Rating:
By , hiked on: 9/27/2014
This was my first overnight backpacking trip. The hike was easy after the first bit at Wolf Gap. We went from Wolf Gap to Halfmoon to camp and walked down German Wilson trail to the Big Arm and back to our cabin. This was a beautiful hike. I wish I would have done it about a month later. ... more >>>

Overall Run/Heiskell Hollow Rating:
By Derak , hiked on: 12/13/2014
Overall, this was a very enjoyable hike. The directions above are helpful. Just a couple of things I'd mention: (1) If you are doing this to see Overall Run Falls, I'd recommend going in cooler weather. Many streams, especially in the higher elevations of the Appalachian Mountains, dry up during the summer months. We went in December and the falls had plenty of w ... more >>>

Indian Grave Ridge Rating:
By old man walking , hiked on: 12/14/2014
This hike has a little bit of everything, other than stream crossings.  It has a walk along the river, gentle sloping logging roads, steep rocky trails near the top, and views as you hike along the narrow ridge.  I"m sure it would have been spectacular earlier in the fall before the leaves fell.  The walk along the river was pleasant, and this time of year, canoeing related tra ... more >>>

Strickler Knob Rating:
By , hiked on: 12/11/2014
Hiked from Scothorn gap. . .had no trouble finding the trail out the knob - marked with a large rock cairn and a red marker on a nearby tree. Also seem to be (fairly) fresh pink blazes marking the trail all the way to the end. Other than the 30-MPH wind gusts and some ice on the rocks, a fantastic hike. Lives up the billing, particularly on the views (and not just from the summ ... more >>>

Old Rag Mountain Rating:
By , hiked on: 12/9/2014
This was a great hike, granted it was cold and windy but when you have the urge to go hiking, do it! Dressed in layers because it was 30 degrees plus wind chill, was concerned the morning before I left to the mountain because reports were showing snow conditions, but much to my surprise, all the surrounding peaks had snow on the trees but not Old Rag ( Kinda depressed because ... more >>>

Old Rag Mountain Rating:
By John Foley , hiked on: 11/28/2014
We couldn't get enough of the snow and ice on the way up! Very nice challenge in addition to the already demanding terrain. Best hike ever. I've hiked this trail probably 5 times. Some things to consider: As others have mentioned, it is a very popular hike. Therefore, do not expect to have the summit to yourself. The trail is quite narrow in many places, creating bottleneck ... more >>>


MD, NC, VA and WV Hunting Seasons 2014-2015
Hunting seasons are getting underway, and it's important to take extra precautions when hiking this time of the year. Things to remember:
  • Hunting is not permitted in most National Parks, and is permitted on most Wildlife Management, and National Forestry Service lands.
  • Most small game seasons start Oct 25, with large game season on Nov 24. Check the links below for the specific dates in your area.

Skyline Drive Status
Shenandoah National Park

Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park will close periodically due to inclement weather such as ice and snow. If you are planning a hike this winter make sure to call the park’s recorded information line for the most current Skyline Drive status.

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.

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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