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Below are the 6 most recent hiker reviews

Old Rag Mountain Rating:
By Mark , hiked on: 4/17/2014
My 8 y.o. daughter and I completed the hike in about 5 and half hours. Fitbit said it was almost 11 miles from car door to car door. We did explore the summit a bit after a long lunch, so that may have added to the mileage. We each carried over a liter of water and had plenty left at the end. There were about 20 cars in the lot when we arrived at 9:30. It was almost full when w ... more >>>

Overall Run/Beecher Ridge Rating:
By Frank , hiked on: 4/17/2014
The dogwoods are just beginning to blossom, and the Overall Run is rushing on an inch or two of rain two days previous, making for rich falls, two barefoot fords through the water, and the spectacular vistas of Massanutten that you came here for. What a delight. ... more >>>

Old Rag Mountain Rating:
By , hiked on: 4/12/2014
It was my first hike of the year and I enjoyed every step of the way :) -Dante ... more >>>

Mount Pleasant Rating:
By Peggie Stinnett , hiked on: 4/12/2014
Loved backpacking up Mt. Pleasant and staying at the site near the top(near water, a bonus!). The west summit at sunset is spectacular! And, just a note to anyone who is interested in Mt. Pleasant & sister hike, Cold Mountain, the forest service is apparently scheduling a control burn anytime from now until May-ish. Call before heading out! ... more >>>

Dobie Mountain Rating:
By Ken , hiked on: 4/11/2014
I hiked this as part of a circuit that included the extended Humpback Rocks hike described on this website. Total distance was about 15 miles. I started early and had the rocks to myself before I went south on the AT to the Wintergreen overlook. There was still some snow on the ski runs that made for some good pictures. I backtracked along the AT and picked up this circuit just ... more >>>

Bull Run Mountains NA Preserve Rating:
By John , hiked on: 4/12/2014
Dogs are no longer allowed and this mountain got more crowded since Walmart was built nearby. Still one of my favorite hikes. ... more >>>



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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.

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:

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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
  • Trail directions, including important landmarks such as camping, water sources, and view points
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