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Mt Rogers/Grayson Highlands Rating:
By , hiked on: 11/22/2014
We (me plus one 1st time hiker and one experienced hiker) stayed at the Hikers Inn in Damascus ($25 for a bunk bed and a shared bathroom) on Friday night. We parked our vehicle at Mt. Rodgers outfitters and coordinated for a pick up on Monday at noon at Route 603 parking area. We followed the Creeper Trail out of town and picked up the AT as the directions state the walk was v ... more >>>

Signal Knob Rating:
By , hiked on: 11/22/2014
I've hiked all over Virginia, and this trail remains one of my favorites.  I led a group from Central Virginia Trailblazers last Saturday.  The bear trees allowed for great views but tricky hiking, as many of the rocks were hidden under the fallen leaves.  No bear sightings and only a few hikers on the trail the entire day. ... more >>>

Old Rag Mountain Rating:
By ExFed , hiked on: 11/25/2014
In response to ALC's question relating to the differences in mileage shown on their Garmin GPS compared to the that shown by Hiking Upward. I have found that my Garmin GPS routinely shows a longer track than the route published by Hiking Upward. I believe that it is more a matter of advancements made over time in the precision of the civilian GPS. Your newer Garmin GPS, by capt ... more >>>

Shawl Gap Rating:
By aldikuma , hiked on: 11/23/2014
This was overall a nice hike, but would definitely not be a great one in the summertime. The first part of the hike is covered in very tall grass (some parts over 5ft.) and I could imagine this would be filled with ticks. Also, the views would be very limited. However, this time of year it was pretty and I only ran into two other hikers. A few things. 1) The parking area turn o ... more >>>

Old Rag Mountain Rating:
By , hiked on: 11/20/2014
ALC most if not all trail mileage measurements in the park are done with a surveyors wheel. Normally a GPS would err on to the low mileage side especially if you had your waypoints set at long time intervals. For example imagine a hypothetical trail that has 20 half mile switchbacks perfectly staked above each other. If your waypoint is taken at the middle of each switchb ... more >>>

Old Rag Mountain Rating:
By ALC , hiked on: 11/20/2014
We hike Old Rag every year for my husband's birthday - a sort of test of the aging process -) He just turned 56, I'm a bit younger. Two observations from this year: 1) It was surprisingly deserted! We usually have a moderate crowd, even on a weekday, but we actually had the summit to ourselves. We only saw 3 other parties. 2) We used a brand new Garmin GPS ... more >>>

Fortunes Cove Rating:
By , hiked on: 11/22/2014
It took my husband and I three and a half hours to hike the upper loop. Weather was great, mid 50's all day, we left the parking lot at noon. The first ascent is not that difficult, but over all I agree that this hike is 4 out of 5 for difficulty. The final ascent was very difficult for me, probably because it's a bit past halfway and I am out of shape. The spur trial to the ... 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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