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Virginia Top 5

Old Rag Mountain
524 Reviews
Crabtree Falls
264 Reviews
White Oak/Cedar Run
176 Reviews
Strickler Knob
146 Reviews
Signal Knob
124 Reviews

North Carolina Top 5

Grandfather Mountain/Daniel Boone
6 Reviews
Hanging Rock
5 Reviews
Linville Falls
2 Reviews
Pinch In/Rock Jock/Linville Gorge
2 Reviews
Roan Highlands
2 Reviews

Maryland Top 5

Maryland Heights
53 Reviews
Sugarloaf Mountain
21 Reviews
Billy Goat Trail
17 Reviews
Catoctin Mountain Park
16 Reviews
Maryland Challenge
16 Reviews

West Virginia Top 5

Big Schloss
89 Reviews
Tibbet Knob
64 Reviews
Dolly Sods North
49 Reviews
Halfmoon Mountain
31 Reviews
Mill Mountain
27 Reviews

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Below are the most recent hiker reviews

Dragon's Tooth Rating:
By Shawn R., hiked on: 4/29/2016
This is a fantastic hike, with several great views, with the culminating view at the top of the Dragon's Tooth. It is definitely not an easy climb (which is one of the reasons why I enjoyed it so much), so if you feel that you are not in the best shape physically, I wouldn't recommend this hike. I went on a Friday with beautiful weather and wrongly assumed that not many people would be there since it wasn't a Saturday and it had been rainy the previous days. Unfortunately, when we got there the parking lot was nearly full. The only reason that I gave this hike four star ... more >>>

Sugarloaf Mountain Rating:
By Sean, hiked on: 4/27/2016
I've been to Sugarloaf Mountain many times and had hiked most of this route. This time I did the official Hiking Upward version from start to finish. For some reason I have usually started from the west parking lot on the mountain, except for one time from the base parking near the offices. This was my first time approaching the summit from the east parking lot. Unlike the west side, this route to the top was part rock scramble. The orange blazes are faint but can be seen on the rock. The blue route was pleasant as usual. Most of the trail is not too rocky for m ... more >>>

Little Schloss Rating:
By Chris P, hiked on: 4/23/2016
Awesome hike! I went on this hike with my brother (who is not a veteran hiker) and we both thoroughly enjoyed it! We decided to go the non-traditional way (clockwise) and I'm glad we did. The trail never seemed to be overly challenging in terms of incline however, if we had gone counter-clockwise we would have had to struggle up a moderate to steep incline full of switchbacks for a few miles going up the Little Schloss. Going clockwise also afforded us the best camping spots towards the end of our hike and then a brief hike in the morning to get down the Little Schloss to w ... more >>>

Old Rag Mountain Rating:
By , hiked on: 4/26/2016
This was a most challenging hike. To be completely fair, this was a great hike but the "rock scramble" goes on for about a mile and on a scale of 1-10, I give it a 10 for difficulty. I would not recommend climbing down that way due to difficulty. Now my wife and I are 65 and 66 yoa respectfully so this could have had a bearing on the difficulty. However, if you are not in good physical condition, I would suggest hiking to the peak counterclockwise to avoid these rocks. And I would definitely avoid them in rainy weather as even dry they were slick. Other than that, the ... more >>>

Oak Knob Rating:
By Nunsie, hiked on: 4/19/2016
Nice hike! It took me about 4 hours, including two snack breaks and a few short water breaks. The only thing being the best views and rocks to hang out on are in the first 0.5 miles. However, Hone Quarry is a nice view towards the end. I enjoyed the hike but probably not one of my top ones for the area. There aren't many water passages, so this one is good one for winter and early spring if other hikes seem to be flooded. ... more >>>

Kennedy Peak Rating:
By Sean, hiked on: 4/25/2016
Was the only one in the parking lot upon arriving around 10. Just saw one other on the whole hike, a local hunter hunting wild turkey on the Stephen's Trail. He was very nice. He was skittish about poisonous snakes and was concerned I didn't have specific first aid for poisonous snake bite (I'll look into that, but now I just am very careful when near rocks and logs where snakes may hide). Flies and a swarm of gnats upon exiting the car, reducing in number along the Stephen's Trail. Swarms of flies again at the tower -- they didn't bother me too much except for ... more >>>

Dragon's Tooth Rating:
By Sula, hiked on: 4/25/2016
An excellent hike, with a decent amount of interesting rock-scrambling at the top. This hike has a good local reputation and is near to Salem and Roanoke.  The result is significant numbers of hikers on fair-weather weekend days (and typically Fridays as well).  The parking lot can fill up (some overflow parking is possible along Route 311).  You'd do well to get on the trail really early, or choose a weekday (or both). The entire route is well signed and blazed - it would take some unusual talent to get lost or seriously off trail. I nearly a ... more >>>


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:

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.

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.

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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