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Old Rag Mountain
533 Reviews
White Oak/Cedar Run
186 Reviews
Strickler Knob
147 Reviews
Crabtree Falls
134 Reviews
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132 Reviews

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Grandfather Mountain/Daniel Boone
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Hanging Rock
5 Reviews
Mt. Mitchell
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Maryland Heights
57 Reviews
Sugarloaf Mountain
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Billy Goat Trail
18 Reviews
Catoctin Mountain Park
16 Reviews
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Big Schloss
90 Reviews
Tibbet Knob
66 Reviews
Dolly Sods North
51 Reviews
Halfmoon Mountain
33 Reviews
Mill Mountain
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Below are the most recent hiker reviews

Dolly Sods North Rating:
By , hiked on: 8/27/2016
Like most have said, this is tricky to navigate but so worth it! Beautiful views and some really great campsites. I used hiking upward's trail description as my main guide and it was fairly comprehensive, but as a representative at REI told us "get comfortable with uncertainty" in this area. A couple of important things if you are attempting to hike: Rocky Ridge: Up until this point the trail is very clear, but once you hit Rock ridge the trail definitely becomes difficult to navigate. Even with our trusty dog's nose we got lost about halfway through the trail, ... more >>>

Apple Orchard Falls Rating:
By Jeff, hiked on: 8/24/2016
This hike punches above its weight in difficulty, but is worth the work! We set out from the upper trailhead (Sunset Field, on the BRP) around 8:30 intending to hike this loop clockwise, with a small detour. From the intersection of the AT and Cornelius Creek Trail, we continued Southbound on the AT for just over a half mile, up a modest hill, to the Black Rock Overlook. I think it offers a better view of the valley than anything you'll see on the loop itself, and is absolutely worth the sidetrip. Continuing back along the trail, we found the descent along Cornel ... more >>>

Maryland Heights Rating:
By Brian M, hiked on: 8/27/2016
Really awesome day trip from the DC area! Got a bit of a late start - parked at the Harpers Ferry Visitors Center around 10:15 (free because of 100th NPS anniversary, normally $10/car I believe). Took the free shuttle to downtown Harpers Ferry and walked across the Railroad bridge to the parking area. Decided to take the long loop on the way up - pretty steep incline for about 20-30 minutes, then relatively flat the rest of the way around. Lots of cool signs with little historical notes spaced pretty regularly which made for good breaks. On the way down we stopped at the Ha ... more >>>

High Meadows/Seneca Creek Rating:
By Kat V., hiked on: 8/26/2016
Great hike and challenging if done backwards. We arrived a bit late on the first day to go the recommended way up Lumberjack to High Meadows and decided to do the hike backwards to take advantage of the multiple pre-existing campsites along the Seneca Creek. We were literally the only ones out on the trail (only 2 cars in the parking lot) and ended up about a mile and a half south of Seneca Falls. The next day we continued our backwards hike to Seneca Falls (gorgeous) and then up to the High Meadows trail. This part was a killer and I would rate it as a 5 out of 6 on diffic ... more >>>

Falls Ridge Rating:
By KT, hiked on: 8/27/2016
Despite a little road walking, this is a very nice hike with some good views, even in the summer. I parked at the Stack Rock Trail head and hiked clockwise. Either way you hike this, there is a good deal of climbing about 1,750 in a mile and a half. I found the side trail to the waterfall easy to follow and the stream was running (Aug. 2016). As described, the side trail to the falls is faintly blazed, but the blazes were easy to follow and the tread was well-worn. Note that the trail is blazed red and yellow until the split with the red trail heading to the waterfall ... more >>>

White Rocks Rating:
By , hiked on: 8/27/2016
This is a really nice hike along the WV/VA border. It started out a little rough for us, as we took the wrong forestry road and hiked a good distance before confirming we were on the wrong path. Make sure you take Waite's Run all the way into Wilson Cove. From where the GPS location from this site took us, we had to drive about 4 more miles down Waite's Run. Cell service is non existent on the road, so make sure you have a good idea of where you're going before you get there. After finding the correct location, we drove the .3 miles up the service road in our FW ... more >>>

Dragon's Tooth Rating:
By Barb O, hiked on: 8/28/2016
Just finished a terrific Sunday morning and afternoon hike to the top! My friend and I are 65. While 'youngsters' were passing us at a steady clip, we did pretty fair ourselves at getting up and back in 5 hours with a long lunch on top and a split-off to the longer right trail ( as suggested) on the way down . (DON'T hike the split to the right on the way down. It's part of the AT. It's much longer, nothing to see at the top due to trees and some pretty miserable rocky spots as well, all anticlimactic during the return down. Just stick to the blue blazed trail). Saw one you ... more >>>


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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.

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