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Old Rag Mountain Rating:
By Twin explorer , hiked on: 10/24/2014
Beautiful day to hike and views of all the fall colors were fantastic. Brought my 15 year old and 19 year old. We took our time went up and back the rock scramble trail. It took us 7 hours total. ... more >>>

Strickler Knob Rating:
By , hiked on: 10/23/2014
It was a very long hike, took me about 7.5 hours to complete it, but still hadn't of found the infamous spot of strickler knob. I had the map and directions printed out in addition. I followed the Massenutten trail all the way to the 4 way intersection where you are a quarter-mile from Jawbone Overlook and took that left. Went on for a while till i hit an open establ ... more >>>

Old Rag Mountain Rating:
By Andy , hiked on: 10/21/2014
Going on a weekday, there were only about 10 cars in the parking lot. I went clockwise, as I usually do, and had a blast (again, as usual). Found some cool insects and met some cool people on the way up. The fire road is long and a little too flat for my liking, so after spending some time at the summit, I went back the way I came. Shortly after leaving the summit a moderately ... more >>>

Bear Church Rock Rating:
By Jess , hiked on: 10/18/2014
I hiked Bear Church Rock a few weekends ago and I decided to go a second time to see the trail during the fall (I really loved this hike). Except this time I brought my boyfriend who loves fly fishing so we hiked as well as fished. Instead of breaking off and going up the Staunton River Trail, we hiked up the Rapidan River to try something new. It was so beautiful and well wort ... more >>>

Maryland Heights Rating:
By , hiked on: 10/14/2014
Took off early from work and headed out from the Harpers Ferry train station just before 5pm.  Solo hike on an overcast and windy evening. The rain held off luckily but I knew darkness would not so I took the short version of this hike.  I went by the Naval Battery and across to the main Harpers Ferry overlook.  The colors were not out fully, but this view never fails to impres ... more >>>

Difficult Run Rating:
By , hiked on: 10/19/2014
I took two nephews on this hike (ages 8 and 13) and we had a great time. We did not run in to many people on the Difficult Run stretch of this hike, but the River Trail portion was crowded.  It was a great day out, a nice cool fall day. There were a few kayakers attracting some looks around the falls/picnic area.  You can take any combination of the River, Ridge, Carriage trail ... more >>>

Stony Man Mountain Rating:
By , hiked on: 10/20/2014
My second time hiking this area recently. Great views and the colors were really good. It was not crowded on any of the trails but there were quite a few people at the main Stony Man overlook. I had three nephews and one of their friends with me (ages 8, 13, 14 &14). We started our hike from the Little Stony Man parking lot and took the Passamaquoddy Trail around and under Litt ... 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
  • Trail directions, including important landmarks such as camping, water sources, and view points
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  • Trail coordinates
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