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Virginia Top 5

Old Rag Mountain
526 Reviews
Crabtree Falls
266 Reviews
White Oak/Cedar Run
178 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
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2 Reviews
Roan Highlands
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Maryland Heights
54 Reviews
Sugarloaf Mountain
21 Reviews
Billy Goat Trail
17 Reviews
Catoctin Mountain Park
16 Reviews
Maryland Challenge
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Big Schloss
89 Reviews
Tibbet Knob
64 Reviews
Dolly Sods North
49 Reviews
Halfmoon Mountain
31 Reviews
Mill Mountain
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Below are the most recent hiker reviews

Little Devils Stairs Rating:
By Chris, hiked on: 5/25/2016
This is my new favorite Shenandoah hike. It was in the low eighties but with the ample tree cover and presumably evaporative cooling from Keyser Run, the hike was still pleasant. Middle of the week gave me a nice bit of solitude on the trail. Recent rains provided ample supply to the falls. While the fire trail back to the lot was a little dull as trails go, the wildflowers and birds provided some respite and it was a nice break after the climb up the gorge. I bumped into a woman doing a lariat off of Marshall Mt. overlook from Skyline Dr. Not sure I'd try t ... more >>>

Mt Rogers/Wilburn Ridge Rating:
By Red Fox, hiked on: 5/27/2016
Quick update. I have hiked this trail many times and will be going back this weekend. Just wanted to let everyone know that the trail from Grindstone campground to the Mt. Rogers trail is back up and the price to park per day has increased from $3 to $5. ... more >>>

Hawksbill Franklin Cliffs Rating:
By aldikuma, hiked on: 5/23/2016
Have not yet hiked this, but it's second on my list! Just an update that the trails are open, but the observation platform is currently closed for repairs, according to the SNP website. No timeframe for reopening. ... more >>>

McAfee Knob Rating:
By , hiked on: 5/18/2016
This was a fun hike. Seemed longer than the 7.8 miles. I would have rated it 5 stars but it was foggy the day I hiked it and couldn't see much. I plan on going back when I know the view will be better. It took me 5 hours to complete the hike but stopped at the top for about a half hour. Legs were sore afterward but not bad for a 64 year old. ... more >>>

Manassas Gap Rating:
By aldikuma, hiked on: 5/22/2016
Nice hike, but don't expect to be alone, especially on the weekends (it is the AT after all!). It was pouring rain today and I still came across at least a dozen people, so if you like solitude, find another hike. I really needed to hike and only had a few hours to do it - this hike ended up being perfect. A steady uphill heading in with some dips downhill, with a few short steep parts. If you are new to hiking, this would be a great one to try. Only one sort of decent view from an open area. Pretty trail. Thanks as always to HU for posting these hikes and continuing to ... more >>>

The Priest Rating:
By , hiked on: 5/13/2016
We started our hike on Friday (the 13th) at roughly 930am from the Reeds Gap parking lot. At that time on a weekday I was the first car in the parking lot. That is an important note as when we returned Saturday evening at 6pm the lot was full and people were parking along the highway. We decided to see what we were made of and set out Friday morning to make it to the top of the Priest by cutting down the Mau-Har Trail and eventually picking back up the AT. This was our group of 3's first time in this section of the AT and admittedly we didn't realize what we were in for. We ... more >>>

Hollow Brook Rating:
By Biscuits, hiked on: 5/22/2016
We got out in the rain today. The trail was in great shape and not rocky like it is further North. Unfortunately, with the clouds, we didn't get any great views. The falls are well hidden, but nice. The road down from Mt Weather should be is 1 1/2 lanes wide and not very easy without a 4x4 if its wet. ... 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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