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Old Rag Mountain
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Maryland Heights
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Big Schloss
91 Reviews
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60 Reviews
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Below are the most recent hiker reviews

Jones Run/Doyles River Rating:
By Mike H, hiked on: 11/19/2016
This was a very pleasant hike the waterfalls pale in comparison to those along the White Oak Canyon / Cedar Run circuit and aren't as grand as the Overall Run / Beecher Ridge waterfall, but they are still quite beautiful. And unlike those other hikes, the waterfalls along the Jones Run / Doyles River circuit are very accessible. You can get right up next to the base of the falls, and in some locations, climb up alongside them (with caution, of course). I'm not sure that the pools qualify as swimming holes, even if I had done the hike in the heat of summer. The hike itself w ... more >>>

Billy Goat Trail Rating:
By Mark, hiked on: 11/26/2016
We went the Saturday after Thanksgiving around 10 AM and parking lot wasn't too full at that point, but started to get busy quickly. The trail is one of our favorite ones in the area and is quite a workout if you do it quickly. Starting at the Great Falls Parking area and doing the full Billy Goat Trail A and coming back along the tow path takes about 2.5 hours if you go at a good speed and it's not overly crowded. Once you get onto the trail just past the Falls you will find a nice easy trail into the woods which seems like it will be a piece of cake, but then the ro ... more >>>

Hawksbill Franklin Cliffs Rating:
By , hiked on: 11/27/2016
We hiked the circuit as described here, taking the bridle trail south, the AT north, and finishing up and over Hawksbill. I enjoyed this not terribly strenuous hikes. I read complaints about rocks on the bridle trail from some reviewers, but they're about the same rocks you'll find on the AT in this section, and are nothing compared to the rocks we've been hiking on lately over in GWNF, which we have foregone now during hunting season. There was a lot of new deadfall on the bridle trail clearly not much used since the big storm two weekends ago. Enjoye ... more >>>

Trumbo Hollow Rating:
By Medic G, hiked on: 11/25/2016
Ok, overall maybe a 2.5. I think it was a decent hike. I would say the difficulty rating of 3 is correct. The views are rated at a 4. I would maybe go a 3 on views. With the exception of the meadow, there isn't much in the way of views. I will say the view from the meadow was great. On solitude, I would give it maybe a 2. Definitely NOT a trail for solitude. My wife and I saw 2 groups of 3 hikers each prior to arriving at the shelter. At the shelter there were about 8 people there with 3 dogs running loose. My wife and I had our dog however, she was on a leash. ... more >>>

Trumbo Hollow Rating:
By Dan, hiked on: 11/28/2016
What a lovely hike! While there are no real overlooks, the views of the high meadows are really a sight to see. Because the leaves were off the trees, you could catch glimpses of some mountain peaks in the distance, and the woods portions of the hike made you feel like you were on the Great East Road near where Frodo and his companions first encountered the Black Rider! The trail through the meadows presents no difficulties, but it's a good idea to wear hiking boots on the main ascent/descent as several segments are rocky and encrusted with scree. My Fitbit measured the ... more >>>

Trumbo Hollow Rating:
By Steve from Winc, hiked on: 11/27/2016
This was a very nice hike. The first part has a nice series of switchbacks up a ridge to a beautiful meadow with great views. There were a lot of both day and overnight hikers enjoying a beautiful day. The shelter at the end of the hike was very nice except for the group of 10 to 12 people making a lot of noise. Overall, I recommend this hike as a great way to spend 3 to 4 hours. ... more >>>

Ramseys Draft Rating:
By , hiked on: 11/26/2016
It was a great hike. I went counter clock wise like the directions say. The trail was hard to see in places but easy enough to find this time of year if you don't get lost easy. I can see how the summer or undergrowth can be a problem at other times of the year. Trail would probably be difficult in the summer. It was very secluded and the hemlock trees were awesome to see. It was sad seeing so many of the giant hemlocks on the ground and dead. This isn't a easy hike but a great way to get out in nature on a less popular hike. Probably not recommend for beginners and be prep ... more >>>


Fire Ban Issued For The George Washington And
Jefferson National Forests

Building, maintaining, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire is prohibited on National Forest lands outside of developed recreation areas.

Fires are permitted within developed recreation areas such as campgrounds and day use areas and must be confined to fire rings, stoves, or grills. Use of stoves, lanterns, and heating equipment that use liquid or gas fuel are still permitted throughout the forest. Open fires may not be ignited or maintained at any shelter or dispersed area along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail within the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. The fire ban begins Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 and will expire Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017

Hunting Seasons 2016-2017
Hunting seasons are getting underway, and it's important to take extra precautions when hiking this time of the year. Hunting season's start around mid-October and run through February. Big game rifle season's are generally Thanksgiving through the first week of January.

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
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