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Below are the most recent hiker reviews

Church Rock Rating:
By Ash, hiked on: 10/13/2019
I enjoyed the varied terrain, the fact that it wasnít constantly rocky, and loved the views at the top. I started at the bottom parking lot and the road walk wasnít terribly interesting and you do have to watch for traffic. I started around 8:30am and I didnít see anyone else until my decent. I also didnít see any wildlife although I did see two pretty large mounds of bear scat. I probably wonít hike this trail again but thatís because Iíve already seen it not because I didnít enjoy it. ... more >>>

Wahrani Nature Trail Rating:
By Stacey, hiked on: 7/20/2019
We did this hike with our three dogs. Not alot to see, but still a good hike. Some spots were a little overgrown. Don't sit down anywhere. The red bugs(even on the trail) are bad!! Might try this one again in the fall. ... more >>>

Strickler Knob Rating:
By Thi, hiked on: 10/5/2019
It is a quiet and peaceful hike, not many people on the trail. The view is great and there are some parts that require rock scrambling, which makes the hike more fun. ... more >>>

Banshee Reeks Rating:
By Steve, hiked on: 10/12/2019
Overall this is a nice place for low-intensity hiking with interesting and diverse terrain and foliage. Mostly wide and smooth trails. A nearly full parking lot around 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. The visitor center was open and I picked up a printed color map the same as the one you can download here. My three-star rating is specifically for the 6-mile perimeter hike mentioned in the description and roughly mapped out by the GPX file of GPS data. I find the GPX file to be a rough outline of the hike that I wish were more granular, with waypoints at all intersections -- but ... more >>>

Wahrani Nature Trail Rating:
By , hiked on: 10/12/2019
We have hiked this trail for years now and the recent improvements to signage is great and there are always maps in the new Trail map boards along the way. When we walk the entire outer loop of all the trails combined it is right at 4miles. We hike with a toddler in a pack and she loves to stop and explore the streams, tossing leaves and twigs in and watching them float under the little bridges to the other side. Becoming a true hidden gem in the community. ... more >>>

Cranberry River Rating:
By Ava , hiked on: 10/9/2019
This was my first solo backpacking trip and wow it was gorgeous. I hiked it in 2 days, following the suggestions provided, only I did day 1 in 5hrs and day 2 in 4hrs. A few things that I read in the reviews and used in my own adventure were as follows: (1) trekking poles are a must. I went after 2 days of heavy rainfall and the end of the first day was a very steep downhill. I had to go slow the last mile down to the river but it was manageable with my poles. Even if it hadn't rained I still feel poles would be very helpful. This is no easy hike, there are a lot of stretche ... more >>>

St Mary's Wilderness Rating:
By Jonny E, hiked on: 10/6/2019
Hiked from parking lot on St. Mary's Rd to falls out and back with 6 yo daughter. Beautiful day, early fall conditions. First time I had done this trail/area in ~7 years. Used to be rugged and difficult to find decent footing (a good challenge). In the meanwhile, lots of trail work has been completed--clearly defined trail, easy to walk on (no more sketchy tip toeing on steep, crumbly embankments), river crossings easy (granted in drought conditions). Overall, a beautiful day great that the trail is in such good condition as to be accessible for little-ish kids. ... 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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