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Three Ridges Rating:
By , hiked on: 9/23/2017
This circuit is definitely for experienced hikers. My significant other and I went on a 2-day, 1-night backpacking trip this past hot Fall weekend (9/23 – 24/2017). We arrived at the trailhead at 11:35 AM on Saturday and the parking area was nearly full! We hiked the trails as shown on the maps. The “2” rating for Solitude is spot on, as we could not go more than 30 minutes without seeing anyone. Many people who passed us were hiking the trail as part of a very long day hike. After spending an hour at the vista overlook, we arrived at the Harpers Creek campsite by 6:00 and ... more >>>

North Mountain/Pete's Cave Rating:
By Mo, hiked on: 9/24/2017
This was an excellent hike! Considering that all the work is done for you. As described accurately from the guide, the first 1/2 mile had several amazing vistas. The rest of the hike to the last two vistas were quite easy. There was a nice breeze going on, as well. The only qualms I had about the hike was the poorly marked entrance to the trail, It is not seen from the parking spot. The other thing was how narrow the road was going up the mountain. If you have a low clearance vehicle, this is a no go! The road leading to the trail head is completely gravel. Another thing I ... more >>>

Turk Mountain Rating:
By , hiked on: 9/23/2017
I am going to rate the hike as a four star. The leaves are starting to change in Shenandoah. The only thing keeping this from a 5 star hike is the big yellow jacket nest on the Turk Branch Trail. Be careful out there if you do this hike. I would recommend this hike later in the Fall/Winter when the colder weather ensures that the jacket nest is not an issue. ... more >>>

White Oak/Cedar Run Rating:
By Alina, hiked on: 5/7/2017
I took my husband on this one with our 2 hound dogs. We took the directions as described, but if someone is looking for a shorter hike, go the opposite way to catch some of the best scenery. I think we'd reverse it next time too. I also found the directions to be a bit confusing and there were a few times at the beginning that I thought we were lost with all the other intersecting trails at the beginning. Still, great hike and I'd love to do it in the fall. ... more >>>

Old Rag Mountain Rating:
By Alina, hiked on: 9/17/2017
I've done this hike 4 times now including by myself. It's definitely my favorite no matter the time of year because the views never get old. This last hike was a bit more of a disappointment, not because of the trail but because I brought a friend on a bad day. The peak was SO foggy and there was a swarm of bugs to the point where we couldn't do our lunch on the top of the mountain. Oh well. I'll just have to return in October.
Keep your eyes peeled for the blue blazes. The one that has caught me twice is the blue through the cave that spits you out on another si ... more >>>

Cold Mountain Rating:
By Victoria, hiked on: 9/16/2017
My boyfriend and I hiked this and it was awesome. We passed maybe 5 other couples and 2 families the entire 4.5 hours we were out there. The trail is very well marked and it didn't get boring. We went "off the beaten path" a couple of times too that was exciting! We already plan to return because setting up camp here would be a great idea. We passed several tents at the camp ground along the way and were jealous that we weren't prepared. When you get to the top where the meadow is, it becomes so rewarding. Growing up in the south where mountains don't exist, seeing that vie ... more >>>

Jerry's Run Rating:
By Jared, hiked on: 9/16/2017
We did this as a 1 night backpack, staying the night at the site of the old cabin. Overall this was an excellent one nighter - despite the short length, it was full of adventure with all the stream crossings and the fields of nettles! I would not recommend this hike if you are looking for an easy, clean hike - expect a lot of nettle dodging and rock hopping! we had a ton of fun with this though, and we just laughed it off every time we got stung - it only hurts for a couple minutes. The campsites at the old cabin site are very nice and plentiful, so I agree with the 5 star ... more >>>


Blue Sky Fund

Blue Sky Fund - Hike For Kids
Blue Sky Fund is a Richmond based nonprofit whose mission to bring urban youth into the outdoors for transformational experiences.

Come out and hike with us October 28th for the Blue Sky Fund Benefit Hike in Richmond VA, you can hike (3, 8, or 14 miles).

Wavyleaf Basketgrass
The weed displaces the local flora and suppresses normal pollination altering biodiversity. Here is how you can help eradicate this plant before it's too late!

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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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 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. 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.
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Tony Van Vugt

Originally from Australia, Tony began 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.


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.


Adam and Christine Anderson
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.


Jeff Monroe
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 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").

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.


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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