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Below are the most recent hiker reviews

Annapolis Rock/Black Rock Cliff Rating:
By Hiking Family, hiked on: 2/16/2019
Right now the trail is 10% rocks 30% deep mud and 60% ice. That fact slowed us down quite a bit. I would imagine this hike would be perfect for a spring summer for my family. Or alone. Family= 1,3,5,7,36, "29"yr olds ... more >>>

Crabtree Falls Rating:
By , hiked on: 2/14/2019
We have hiked this one many times, and it is always a fun short hike (we do the 1.7 mile there and back). This is by far the best marked trail I have ever come across. Due to the ice storm in Nov 2018 there are currently some tree still down across the trail and a few parts washed out near the 1.6 mile mark. It looks like the park service is actively working on repairs they just haven't gotten up that far yet. They seem to also be rebuild a porch mid-falls. I'll be interested to see it when they are done. My 4 years was able to do this hike so, anyone can! ... more >>>

Devil's Marbleyard Rating:
By , hiked on: 2/14/2019
We did things a bit different to avoid the tick-fest on Gunter Ridge Trail but still do some semblance of a loop.  We dropped a car at the Marbleyard parking lot and drove up to the Sulfur Ridge trail head (N37.56424° W79.45423°).  This is NOT the same as the Sulfur Springs trail head which you'd pass enroute to our starting point.  There is no designated parking at Sulfur Ridge but ample room on the south side of Petite's Gap Road for a couple of cars.  The trail is not well-maintained (a few blowdowns) but it pleasant and passable. The hike involved 1.2 mil ... more >>>

Grooms Ridge/Chestnut Ridge Rating:
By Patrick, hiked on: 2/9/2019
We hiked this circuit hike this past Saturday. We had amazing winter ridge line views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. We did see all of the way into West Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley, and the very distant Blue Ridge Mountains. Please be aware that mountain bikers have made a new trail at the 7 mile mark, where the White Oak Trail leaves Chestnut Ridge. The new trail has white ribbon markings on the branches of the trees. This new trail does go straight down the hillside. THIS IS NOT THE WILD OAK TRAIL!! The Wild Oak Trail is as described in the hike description ... more >>>

Torry Ridge/White Rock Falls Rating:
By Dan , hiked on: 1/19/2019
Tried to hike this trail from Mt. Torry Road in Sherando, but turned around within a half-mile. Ice storm damage from Nov. 2018 storm was severe. Many, many trees down on the trail. It was a difficult obstacle course. Will take some time to clean up. Thank you to everyone who does trail maintenance. (Four stars when it's clear again.) ... more >>>

Kepler Overlook Rating:
By Eddie M, hiked on: 2/2/2019
Backpacked to Kepler overlook and stayed the night on 2/2/2019. The trail was very well marked. THANK YOU to the volunteers/rangers that put up the new signs. The trail was icy in spots so we had to be cautious carrying the extra 25+ pounds on our backs. We were fortunate to have a clear night and the stars and valley lights did not disappoint. Winter camping takes a little more preparation and warmer gear but totally worth the effort. ... more >>>

Indian Grave Ridge Rating:
By , hiked on: 2/3/2019
I've done hundreds of hikes in the Luray and surrounding areas and this one was one of my favorites. Yes, it was a little muddy. Yes, there were leaves hiding the rocks. But, there was literally no one on the trail except me, my two buddies and my dog. It took us just over 3 hours to complete, pausing on the ridge for a 20 minute lunch. We started at around 8am, parked at the closed boat launch and headed up 236. The hike up was good but the ridgeline was SPECTACULAR. The pine needles and moss added to the allure of the hike. Heading down was a little rough (look at the ele ... more >>>

 

Hunting Seasons 2018-2019
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.


Skyline Drive Status
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.


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 25 years, and writes about some of his outings in his blog at www.wanderingvirginia.com. Jeff is an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, a former Scoutmaster and current Assistant Scoutmaster, and encourages the next generation to get out and explore the outdoors. Jeff also volunteers as an Appalachian Trail maintainer, performs trail measurements for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club's GPS Rangers, and coordinated revisions of the most recent PATC trail maps covering Shenandoah National Park's Southern District and the National Forest’s Pedlar/Glenwood District. Jeff also teaches GPS use, leads hikes for multiple trail clubs and the Boy Scouts, and has completed all 541 miles of A.T. in Virginia and all 500+ miles of trails and fire roads in Shenandoah National Park. 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 Hiking Dog ("GUHD").


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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