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Buzzard Rock North Rating:
By aldikuma , hiked on: 9/15/2014
Beautiful day to hike - sunny and in the high 60s! My canine hiking buddy and I were going to do Veach Gap, but didn't have enough time, so decided on this short one. There were only four other cars in the lot, so I can't imagine how crazy it must be on the weekends. Saw eight hikers on the way up but no one at the top. The views are really amazing and I can see why it's such a ... more >>>

Overall Run/Beecher Ridge Rating:
By , hiked on: 9/17/2014
I was expecting a moderate hike but this was definitely difficult. It was hard at mile 5. I HATED it because I actually wanted a 5 mile and this was pegged at 8.5 but we logged 11.4 with a heart rate tracking program. Thank god it was cool and overcast and we did see bear poop at least 4 times. Small parking area. Got there at 1100 finished at 340. very narrow path with questi ... more >>>

Raven Rocks Rating:
By , hiked on: 9/14/2014
Ok, what a banner day to do the hike in the first place! And yes, of course, all that has been said before me continues to be true. But, alas, the hike wasn't without a mishap...but not ON the hike but afterward, as many of you who did hike it yesterday came to find out. You know those "No Parking" signs? Well, word to wise my hiking friends! The area neighbo ... more >>>

Apple Orchard Falls Rating:
By , hiked on: 8/30/2014
My 11-year old and I hit the trail for a weekend backpacking trip.  We only hiked about 1/4 of the route (from the north end, clockwise to the falls) before setting up camp for the weekend, and although the portion of the circuit that we backpacked on was definitely easy, as you approach the falls the terrain gets steep...and rocky.  My son and I just threw on daypacks for that ... more >>>

Little Schloss Rating:
By Mike G , hiked on: 9/14/2014
Fantastic views from the top of Little Schloss and a pretty fun rock scramble to get up there. A couple of points that keep it from being a five star hike however: - The Little Schloss Trail is somewhat overgrown from a little before the cutoff to the overlook to where it meets the forest road meadow, despite the good work of the Venture Crew and PATC to maintain ... more >>>

North River Gorge Rating:
By Pappy , hiked on: 9/13/2014
This is a good one. Especially along the river it's really great -- lots of solitude, nature, and the peaceful sound of the North River. What more could you want? The hardest thing about this loop in my opinion is finding your way around. The trails aren't very well identified, so if you don't study where you're going before-hand or have a map, you'll probably get lost (like me ... more >>>

Maryland Heights Rating:
By 8 Feet & 4 Paws , hiked on: 9/7/2014
We parked across the Potomac in Hapers Ferry and took the walking bridge across to the river trail to get to the trail head. We didn't think it was difficult to find the trail head, but we also had a map to reference. We arrived at a decent time to get a good parking spot in Hapers Ferry. The ascent was a slow steady incline that we were all catching our breath on to reach t ... more >>>


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.

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Xtreme Hike For Cystic Fibrosis
Have you ever considered an Xtreme benefit hike? Here is one happening at the Wintergreen Resort to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research. It is being sponsored by Geico and Devil’s Backbone Brewery and will consist of two distances, 12 and 28 miles. For more information checkout the link below or contact Martin

Ticks and Lyme Disease
The ticks start coming out in the Spring, with the summer months of June and July prime ticks season. Help protect yourself from Lyme Disease and make sure to take the proper precautions. Apply a repellent with 30%+ deet, and consider using a clothing repellent like Permathrin that kills ticks.

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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
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