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Old Rag Mountain
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Grandfather Mountain/Daniel Boone
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Maryland Heights
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Big Schloss
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Below are the most recent hiker reviews

Devil's Marbleyard Rating:
By Lexi Meadows, hiked on: 3/25/2017
Loved Devil's Marble Yard. Hiked past it to the Helicopter Pad. Completely missed it according to the site description here and had to turn around and hike back. Finally found it. It was confirmed by a New Jersey hiker with an app on his phone that showed exact location. The area may have been open years ago but has now grown up and the view was not good at all. Completely disappointing but at least we got the exercise! Came back to the Yard and climbed around on the rocks for an hour or two. Better mobility if you can take your pack off. Heard a bunch of ... more >>>

Buzzard Rock North Rating:
By michelle, hiked on: 3/25/2017
Warning! The "No Parking" side on the side of the road at the trailhead on route 619 Mountain Rd is bent over and facing the wrong way. Do not park on the side of the road. You will get towed. I got towed because I didn't see the "no parking" sign because it was knocked over facing the wrong way, behind another car that had parked in front of it. If it were not for finding my car gone at the end of the hike, it would have been a perfect day. Thank you to the two wonderful women who had just finished their hike for giving my son and I a lift into Front Royal to pick up ... more >>>

Veach Gap Rating:
By Stephanie , hiked on: 3/25/2017
My husband and I took advantage of the 75+ degree day to get out and give this hike a try. It definitely gets a 5 for solitude and views (at the top). As we were driving into the valley from route 55 we must've passed hundreds of day-hikers, rock climbers, and campers all grouped around the Elizabeth Furnace and Stickler's Knob areas. I was anticipating the parking area for the trail to be full, but was pleasantly surprised to only see two other cars in the lot when we arrived. The first mile or so of the trail is great as it follows the stream, but once you turn onto the b ... more >>>

Turk Mountain Rating:
By , hiked on: 3/25/2017
Overall, a very nice hike. I only scored it a 3 stars because, as someone else noted, there are nicer hikes just a few miles up the road. (e.g. Riprap, Trayfoot, Doyles River) In some ways that is unfair. In 90% of the country, this trail would be famous, but here, it is a second thought. That said, I hiked it as described and believe that is the better direction to hike it, plus after 6 miles and the climb up Turk, I was ready for a lunch break with a very nice view. Trails were in good shape and no problems. Lot of windblown coming up from the Moormans, but the ... more >>>

Canaan Mountain/Table Rock Rating:
By , hiked on: 3/24/2017
Pretty good hike. Went out the first weekend of spring and temps were great, mid 60s for the high/50s for the low. The first day is pretty rough. You start off making great time on the northern end of the hike, but moving south you get into the mud. I went presumably during the first big thaw. There was still snow on the ground in some places so there was serious mud. To the point toward the end of the first day I just stopped caring if my boots were wet, and made sure they were laced tight as to not lose them in the muck. The long, straight "fire road" was the ... more >>>

Ashby Gap Rating:
By Van, hiked on: 2/25/2017
Great Hike Read my full review here: ... more >>>

Shawl Gap Rating:
By , hiked on: 3/18/2017
I did this hike a few days ago with a group from Central Virginia Trailblazers ( As recommended in the reviews, we hiked this in reverse direction. This turned out to be a good decision, as there were patches of slick, wet snow on the ground on the uphill portion. There are some nice views and a great campsite on the ridge trail. We didn't see a soul on the entire hike, so this is a good one if you're looking for solitude. And yes, the ticks are out already! ... 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:

Friends of Shenandoah Mountain
Friends of Shenandoah Mountain is a group of concerned citizens consisting of local residents, businesses, faith communities, wilderness advocates, mountain bikers, hikers, hunters, and other forest users who would like to see the wild heritage of Shenandoah Mountain protected to benefit this and future generations.

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.

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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So Who Are We?
We are a group of avid hikers who enjoy spending time in the magnificent forests and parks of the mid-Atlantic states. Over the years, we have hiked many beautiful mountains and valleys, and founded to share what we’ve learned, create a meeting place for people who like to hike, and encourage anyone with an interest to enjoy the outdoors.

Since starting HU in 2000, we have constantly worked to create the best hiking resource in the region. Many of our new features reflect suggestions from hikers like you. Just by visiting this page, you have become a member of the HU community, and we invite you to post a review and share your tales from the trail.

In addition to the tremendous contribution of volunteer programs managed by the USDA Forest Service and National Park Service, many of the trails we trek are maintained by private groups such as the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) and the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club (NBATC). It is through their efforts that we are all able to hike these great mountains. is completely free to use, and it is maintained entirely on a volunteer basis. We hope that you find the information on our site useful.
All expenses are covered by donations. Please consider making a donation to to help with these costs, all contributions are greatly appreciated. Thank You.

Tony Van Vugt

Originally from Australia, Tony began as a way to share his favorite trails with other hikers. More than 15 years later, HU has grown to feature hundreds of day-hikes and backpacks across the mid-Atlantic region. Whenever he is not working his day job or volunteering in his local community, Tony can be found out on the trails.


Bryce Allison
Chief Trails Officer

Bryce is based out of Goochland Virginia, near Richmond, and does most of his hiking in mid-state Virginia. Originally from Scotland, his love of hiking started after his 20th Wedding Anniversary trip to the Canadian Rockies. He prefers some of the longer hikes such as The Maryland Challenge, Mt Rogers/Grayson Highlands, North Fork Mountain and the Catoctin Trail.


Zachary Robbins
Senior Trails Contributor

Zachary is based out of Chapel Hill, NC and author of Zach's Mild Adventures. Although far from the mountains he enjoys 3+ hour drives each way combined with difficult all-day hikes. Since college he has been on hundreds of hikes around North Carolina and southern Virginia, visiting the most popular and most obscure trails he could find. There's no hike hard or long enough that he wouldn't tackle. Some of his favorite areas in North Carolina include the Black Mountains, Grandfather Mountain, Old Fort region, and Linville Gorge.


Adam and Christine Anderson
Trails Contributors

Christine and Adam live in the heartland of Virginia's best hiking in the western part of the state. They are also the authors of Virginia Trail Guide, an in-depth blog with many hike reviews, maps, ratings, as well as tons of beautiful photos. Both are life long residents of Virginia and have hiked all over the Old Dominion, as well as many other trails along the east coast.


Jeff Monroe
Trails Contributor

Charlottesville based Jeff Monroe has been hiking in Virginia for 25 years, and writes about some of his outings in his blog at Jeff is an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, a former Scoutmaster and current Assistant Scoutmaster, and encourages the next generation to get out and explore the outdoors. Jeff also volunteers as an Appalachian Trail maintainer, performs trail measurements for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club's GPS Rangers, and coordinated revisions of the most recent PATC trail maps covering Shenandoah National Park's Southern District and the National Forest’s Pedlar/Glenwood District. Jeff also teaches GPS use, leads hikes for multiple trail clubs and the Boy Scouts, and has completed all 541 miles of A.T. in Virginia and all 500+ miles of trails and fire roads in Shenandoah National Park. When not working as an administrator at the University of Virginia, Jeff is often out on the trail with his constant hiking companion, Gracie the Ultimate Hiking Dog ("GUHD").

Linda Shotwell
Advocacy and Community Outreach

Linda has hiked in the mid-Atlantic for over 20 years, and enjoys spending most of her hiking time in the mountains of northwest Virginia and West Virginia. She is passionate about engaging the hiking community on all issues that affect the mountains and parks that we all love to hike.


The Rest Of The Crew

Many other HikingUpward volunteers contribute their time and talent to map routes and maintain trails. The HU community contributors also include everyone who has posted a review of a hike on this site. Thank you!

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