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Bear Church Rock Rating:
By Tom , hiked on: 10/6/2015
Nice hike...trails clearly marked and footing easy....mostly walking on soft dirt with easy footing. First portion (along rivers) very gentle terrain....good for kids etc...It rained a ton last week and the rivers are very high but still no issues hiking it.Only one stream crossing and my feet stayed dry....uphill fairly steep but not too difficult. Limited views except for the ... more >>>

Big Rocky Row Rating:
By , hiked on: 10/5/2015
We did this hike as suggested, 10.8 miles. The trail is in great shape and the views were spectacular. We are in our mid 60's so this hike was somewhat difficult regarding the distance and elevation gain but the trip was worth it again. ... more >>>

Kepler Overlook Rating:
By , hiked on: 8/15/2015
Car camping here is the best! It was so isolated and very quite. The hike to the over look is okay but the overlook itself! WoW very nice spot. ... more >>>

White Oak/Cedar Run Rating:
By John , hiked on: 9/23/2015
Water level was quite low but still enough to make for some beautiful falls. Even went for a swim, it was freezing but this was the last chance of the year. I filmed almost all of the falls: ... more >>>

Hollow Brook Rating:
By Barbara , hiked on: 9/26/2015
Peaceful hike. Not a strenuous hike but relaxing. Very dog friendly. We have not had much rain in the past few weeks and therefore the waterfall was minimal but still worth the 90 yards off path to see it. (very safe off trail 90 yards). Once passing Hollow Brook you climb up to Buzzard Rock. You do think you might have arrived at the summit but keep going just up and around th ... more >>>

Sugar Knob Rating:
By Heather W. , hiked on: 9/26/2015
My boyfriend and I did this hike as our first overnight backpacking trip and at first we were a little intimidated by the length of it since we weren't sure how well we would be able to handle the weight of our packs, but it ended up being the perfect length for us. The hike was relatively easy however it was fairly rocky and it had rained overnight so the rocks were slippery o ... more >>>

Dragon's Tooth Rating:
By Matt , hiked on: 9/20/2015
Great Hike!!! My friends and I really enjoyed this hike. The trail is a constant uphill and you don't get many breaks, but once you get to the top it is absolutely worth it. We really enjoyed the rock scrambling and we had the Dragons Tooth all to ourselves for a good 20-30 minutes before other hikers got there. I'd encourage you to check out the view from the tooth and kno ... more >>>


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:

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.

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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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  • Trail coordinates
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