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Hidden Valley Rating:
By Jim S. , hiked on: 8/26/2015
I gave this a one-star rating largely to counteract the very misleading ratings given to this hike.  As of the time of writing this, it is rated 5 stars for streams and 4 stars for views. These need to be seriously downgraded!  Based on the ratings, I thought I had hit the jackpot of trails since it's very rare to have high ratings for both streams and views. I should have know ... more >>>

Pleasant Grove Rating:
By , hiked on: 8/21/2015
I hiked this trail with my boyfriend and this was a pretty nice hike overall. Nothing too difficult, but a great trail to explore on a nice day. We actually ended up trail running parts of it, so if you are interested in trail running, this would be a nice trail for that. The directions were a little confusing to follow and we ended up mainly just following the signs for Her ... more >>>

Fortunes Cove Rating:
By , hiked on: 8/26/2015
My wife and I hiked this site today and found it to be quite difficult. We hiked the longer loop. It could easily be a 5 on the difficulty scale, but I must say we are in our mid 60's so younger folk may not find it that tough. Kudos to the Nature Conservancy, the trail was very well kept, the trail markers were numerous and easier to follow than color blazes painted on trees. ... more >>>

Duncan Knob Hollow Rating:
By , hiked on: 8/22/2015
I've done this hike as an overnight backpacking trip multiple times (March 2015, May 2015, August 2015). In March there was plentiful water due to the spring thaw. May also saw plentiful water, however, this past weekend in August there was very little water to be found along the trail. I would recommend that anyone who is planning on camping in any of the built-up campsites ... more >>>

Apple Orchard Falls Rating:
By Lostgypsy , hiked on: 8/22/2015
Great hike even if I took a wrong turn, which led me covering some of the same trail twice.  The falls are beautiful and the walk on Cornelius was quite relaxing with all the solitude. ... more >>>

Rock Castle Gorge Rating:
By Maggie , hiked on: 8/19/2015
Overall a good hike. Start the loop in the other direction for a much harder workout. ... more >>>

Stony Man Mountain Rating:
By Dwhitten , hiked on: 8/23/2015
Three great overlooks. The blue trail is no longer closed as the previous reviewer stated and we did the entire circuit. The Stony Man overlook is always crowded but it is large enough to find a spot to enjoy the view. ... 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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