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McAfee Knob Rating:
By , hiked on: 1/27/2015
I only saw one other person today. Rather cold day but I could not tell -- warmed up with walking. My two small dogs and I enjoyed the solitude. The views from the knob will break your heart with majesty and beauty. ... more >>>

Overall Run/Heiskell Hollow Rating:
By TessaK , hiked on: 1/25/2015
This really is a 'bit of everything' hike but be warned: if the water level is moderately high, there will be a lot more than 'about three' stream crossings. We crossed the stream 15 or 16 times, ten of which required wading through. The other 5 crossings were rock hops. In lower water, most (all?) are probably rock hops, but then the falls are maybe not as impressive. Given th ... more >>>

Kennedy Peak Rating:
By aldikuma , hiked on: 1/17/2015
This our second overnight on this hike and we liked it just as much as the first. We did the hike counterclockwise this time. As the previous hiker stated, the part along the yellow blazed trail is quiet, barely anyone, but the orange trail was crowded. We passed probably 15 people and several groups. The view at night from the peak overlooking Luray's lights, all o ... more >>>

Difficult Run Rating:
By Matt , hiked on: 1/25/2015
Needed a quick afternoon hike.  This is one of my favorite quick hikes.  Trail was clear of snow and ice and in good repair.  ... more >>>

Pleasant Grove Rating:
By Long Beard , hiked on: 1/25/2015
My wife and I chose this hike because #1, it was close to home and #2 she wanted her dad to come along for an introduction to hiking. It is not a challenging hike so it was perfect for him. The trails were well marked early in the hike, starting at the East end. However once you hike past the house /museum (which is a must see to learn a bit of history) the trails are a bit har ... more >>>

Bear Church Rock Rating:
By Ken D , hiked on: 1/25/2015
I started this hike at around 8:45 and there was only one car in the parking lot, probably somebody staying at the cabin since there was frost on the windows. The trail was pretty good until about a mile into the Staunton River Trail where it started to turn icy. And it stayed icy with few exceptions. It is hikable, especially if you can stay out of other hikers' tracks, but be ... more >>>

Raven Rocks Rating:
By Randy Cook , hiked on: 1/15/2015
***NOTE RE: Parking on shoulder of 601*** I contacted Loudoun County Sheriff's office on 1/23/15 and spoke with 1st Lieutenant Bruce C. Domin, #9113 at 571 258 3751. He said as long as you park between the signs that indicate No Parking beyond the signs, it is legal to park. Because there are no signs indicating No Trespassing on the fire road, it is legal to access Crescent ... more >>>


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Shenandoah National Park

Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park will close periodically due to inclement weather such as ice and snow. If you are planning a hike this winter make sure to call the park’s recorded information line for the most current Skyline Drive status.

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2015 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial
In 2015, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and the Mountain Club of Maryland will host the next Biennial Conference of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, to be held at the campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., adjacent to Interstate 81.

  • Video describing key points of the event
  • PATC is seeking volunteers to help with the conference planning, to lead hikes and excursions, to help with registration, and many other needs. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete and return this form.

MD, NC, VA and WV Hunting Seasons 2014-2015
Hunting seasons are getting underway, and it's important to take extra precautions when hiking this time of the year. Things to remember:
  • Hunting is not permitted in most National Parks, and is permitted on most Wildlife Management, and National Forestry Service lands.
  • Most small game seasons start Oct 25, with large game season on Nov 24. Check the links below for the specific dates in your area.

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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  • Trail coordinates
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