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Below are the most recent hiker reviews

Ragged Mountain Rating:
By LarryP, hiked on: 6/24/2019
I hiked this for the first time after the new dam construction. I started out counterclockwise, but I now realize that the signage is all geared for a clockwise route. Some of the trails are familiar from before the construction, but I was frankly confused about some trails. I have a couple of suggestions: 1) park at the upper parking area and start out across the dam - i.e. clockwise 2) take a picture of the trail map at the information kiosk to help guide you through the mostly unmarked trails. An alternative would be to download the trail map from the C'ville Parks & Rec ... more >>>

North Fork Mountain Rating:
By , hiked on: 6/15/2019
Gorgeous hike! The spring had plenty of water and was pretty easy to find (its about 15 feet to the left of the fire road and counted 100 steps from the main road to the point you turn off and there was a small cairn). It was a bit overgrown so recommend pants, particularly on the second day. Pretty much had the trail to ourselves the whole time and loved the views! ... more >>>

Chimney Top Rating:
By Arjun, hiked on: 6/22/2019
This was a great hike if you looking for solitude and great views. There are a bunch of overlooks on the way and the summit overlook offers great views. We encountered very few people on this hike. As others have mentioned , the last small stretch is steep but not bad. There is a cairn to mark where to make the right turn to the summit. I would do it again.
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Hawksbill Mountain/Timber Hollow Rating:
By Scoutdadx3, hiked on: 6/23/2019
We hiked this trail yesterday and it was awesome. We talked to several through-hikers along the way to Hawksbill Peak. At the top, there was a crowd of folks at overlook (probably a family) who basically camped out there. No one else could take photos or see the panorama. Additionally, one of the kids had a huge stick and was beating it on the wall. Rather than risk getting hit, we left as did others. What a shame to hike several miles to see the 270 degree vistas only to have disrespectful people ruin it. On another note, our gps tracked this hike closer ... more >>>

Kennedy Peak Rating:
By Kevin, hiked on: 6/23/2019
Relatively easy hike early half (logging road), 2nd half up is full of rocky trail terrain. Not difficult if you have good ankles. I rate the difficulty between a 2 and 3 mostly due to rocky travel. Fantastic view of the Shenandoah valley and Luray VA looking east. Nice day hike ... more >>>

Raven Rocks Rating:
By Alyson, hiked on: 6/23/2019
Parking - I like specific info on parking, so trailhead parking is at the corner of Rt. 7 and Pine Grove Road. The commuter lot is across Rt. 7 and east a bit (a 2 minute walk), at the corner of Rt. 7 and Blue Ridge Mountain Road. The hike immediately puts you into the forest and the traffic sounds from Rt. 7 quickly fade. However this is a heavily traveled trail and groups of hikers tended to be noisy. The hike is extremely rocky, not small pebbles but large rocks that you have to step upon carefully. Some areas are very steep but usually not for long. The trail is we ... more >>>

Little Schloss Rating:
By , hiked on: 6/22/2019
The trail and scramble were awesome. No rattlesnakes this time. The view from the tops is spectacular and there is not too hard path up. There were a couple parts that were overgrown but that's expected on any trail over 5 miles in the area. Overall the trail was well marked and the directions here were spot on. There was some pooling of water, including a couple of puddles that had tadpoles they were so big but most of them were easily traversed. The last bit, the walk on the fire road back to the parking lot is even pleasant for hiking on a road with ample shade. ... more >>>

 

Ticks and Lyme Disease
The ticks start coming out in the Spring, with the summer months of June and July prime ticks season. Help protect yourself from Lyme Disease and make sure to take the proper precautions. Apply a repellent with 30%+ deet, and consider using a clothing repellent like Permathrin that kills ticks.


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 reasonably priced, as well as twenty PATC members only cabins. Reservations are generally taken up to two months in advance. Check out all the info below:


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.

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Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die: Outdoor Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations - by Chris Santella

Amazon - "Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die is the latest offering in the bestselling Fifty Places series. Chris Santella, along with top expedition leaders, explores the world's greatest walking adventures. Some, such as the Lunana Snowman Trek in Bhutan and the Kangshung Valley Trek in Tibet, are grueling multiweek adventures at high altitudes. Others, such as Japan's Nakesando Trail, move leisurely from village to village, allowing walkers to immerse themselves in the local culture."


A Walk For Sunshine - by Jef Alt

Amazon.com 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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So Who Are We?
We are a group of avid hikers who enjoy spending time in the magnificent forests and parks of the mid-Atlantic states. Over the years, we have hiked many beautiful mountains and valleys, and founded HikingUpward.com to share what we’ve learned, create a meeting place for people who like to hike, and encourage anyone with an interest to enjoy the outdoors.

Since starting HU in 2000, we have constantly worked to create the best hiking resource in the region. Many of our new features reflect suggestions from hikers like you. Just by visiting this page, you have become a member of the HU community, and we invite you to post a review and share your tales from the trail.

In addition to the tremendous contribution of volunteer programs managed by the USDA Forest Service and National Park Service, many of the trails we trek are maintained by private groups such as the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) and the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club (NBATC). It is through their efforts that we are all able to hike these great mountains.

HikingUpward.com is completely free to use, and it is maintained entirely on a volunteer basis. We hope that you find the information on our site useful.

Tony Van Vugt
Founder

Originally from Australia, Tony began HikingUpward.com as a way to share his favorite trails with other hikers. More than 15 years later, HU has grown to feature hundreds of day-hikes and backpacks across the mid-Atlantic region. Whenever he is not working his day job or volunteering in his local community, Tony can be found out on the trails.

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Bryce Allison
Chief Trails Officer

Bryce is based out of Goochland Virginia, near Richmond, and does most of his hiking in mid-state Virginia. Originally from Scotland, his love of hiking started after his 20th Wedding Anniversary trip to the Canadian Rockies. He prefers some of the longer hikes such as The Maryland Challenge, Mt Rogers/Grayson Highlands, North Fork Mountain and the Catoctin Trail.


Zachary Robbins
Senior Trails Contributor

Zachary is based out of Chapel Hill, NC and author of Zach's Mild Adventures. Although far from the mountains he enjoys 3+ hour drives each way combined with difficult all-day hikes. Since college he has been on hundreds of hikes around North Carolina and southern Virginia, visiting the most popular and most obscure trails he could find. There's no hike hard or long enough that he wouldn't tackle. Some of his favorite areas in North Carolina include the Black Mountains, Grandfather Mountain, Old Fort region, and Linville Gorge.

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Jeff Monroe
Senior Trails Contributor

Charlottesville based Jeff Monroe has been hiking in Virginia for over 25 years, and writes about some of his outings in his blog at www.wanderingvirginia.com. Jeff is current president of the PATC's Charlottesville Chapter, an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, and a former Scoutmaster. Jeff coordinated revisions of the most recent PATC trail maps covering Shenandoah National Park's Southern District and the National Forest's Pedlar/Glenwood District. When not working as an administrator at the University of Virginia, Jeff is often out on the trail with his constant hiking companion, Gracie the Ultimate Trail Dog.


Adam and Christine Anderson
Senior Trails Contributors

Christine and Adam live in the heartland of Virginia's best hiking in the western part of the state. They are also the authors of Virginia Trail Guide, an in-depth blog with many hike reviews, maps, ratings, as well as tons of beautiful photos. Both are life long residents of Virginia and have hiked all over the Old Dominion, as well as many other trails along the east coast.

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Linda Shotwell
Advocacy and Community Outreach

Linda has hiked in the mid-Atlantic for over 20 years, and enjoys spending most of her hiking time in the mountains of northwest Virginia and West Virginia. She is passionate about engaging the hiking community on all issues that affect the mountains and parks that we all love to hike.

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The Rest Of The Crew

Many other HikingUpward volunteers contribute their time and talent to map routes and maintain trails. The HU community contributors also include everyone who has posted a review of a hike on this site. Thank you!


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