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Buck Hollow Rating:
By , hiked on: 11/18/2017
Great views once we reached the top! My friends and I (about ages 23-25) were going to do the shorter loop inside the SNP but decided to test our youth. Took us about 2 hours to get to the top, with a couple of stops for our pups. Gotta say that I would up the difficulty coming from 211, I would say around a 4, as me and my friends are all athletes and this caused us to stop a couple times, not nearly as bad as Big House Mountain. Would definitely hike this trail coming from SNP, but if you want a challenge/workout, go from 211! PLH y'all ... more >>>

Duncan Knob Hollow Rating:
By , hiked on: 11/18/2017
This was a great hike. Did it as an overnight with a 35-40 lb pack with a buddy. The ascent was fairly brutal, 1000' of elevation gained in under .8 miles (40 lbs on your back doesn't help). The view was fantastic, the trail was fairly smooth and the creek crossings easy. Awesome tent sites. Water could be an issue in the middle third of the hike, no streams or water on the mountain at all. We pitched camp about a mile in from the road at a small camp by the creek. All in all this was a fantastic hike, one of the better ones in the GW. ... more >>>

Jeremy's Run Rating:
By nort, hiked on: 11/18/2017
Did the loop as described. With the leaves down there were many good views along the ridge. There are also plenty of places to camp up there before descending. The Run itself was pretty low so the crossings were easy but filtering water was no problem. There are camp sites all along the water. Beautiful hike. ... more >>>

White Oak/Cedar Run Rating:
By Jon S, hiked on: 11/19/2017
Awesome hike! If you follow the instructions on the site you’ll be fine. Id suggest screenshotting them as cell service is awful. Bring an extra pair of socks and good shoes bc the creek crossings can be tricky. Steep up and steep down. When you’re not worrying about your footing look around. Gorgeous canyon and views. ... more >>>

Sams Ridge/Catlett Spur Rating:
By , hiked on: 11/17/2017
I hiked this as described. With most of the leaves off the trees there were good if not unobstructed views of nearby peaks. Mary's Rock was one I picked out (I think). As hikes go in the park the trails on this one are relatively smooth -- that was good because a few inches of leaves covered portions, but there were few surprises underneath. As the description says, the first part is steep without switchbacks -- but, may as well take it in a relatively straight run and get it over with. I stopped a few times to catch my breath, but no big deal. Going down I slid on loose gr ... more >>>

Riprap Hollow Rating:
By Hobo Hiker, hiked on: 11/12/2017
At 10:30am the parking lot was half full. The trail was easy to follow and included part of the AT. The trail is a short AT up then a long slow blue Riprap trail down that will be more challenging coming back up. A little more elevation than I expected. Once again I was reminded "I'm hiking on Skyline Drive these are mountains." Hikers- I meet the friendliest hikers on or near AT trails, this trail re-enforced that theory. Very friendly hikers and dogs. The views from Chimey rock were awesome. I've hiked most of the trails on Skyline so I'd say the special features ... more >>>

Raven Rocks Rating:
By E.G., hiked on: 11/10/2017
My husband and I went on this hike during Veterans' Day weekend. We arrived at around 10:30 and got a prime parking spot right in front of the kiosk. The weather was clear but chilly at 37 degrees. When we started the hike we were a bit chilly but quickly warmed up early on during the hike. Thank God we visited this site before we decided to pick this trail because we took the advise of reviewers who said to wear good hiking shoes, bring hiking sticks, and lots of water along with a backpack to tuck away our layers. I found my hydration backpack to be very handy so we didn' ... more >>>

 

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Hunting Seasons 2017-2018
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.


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.

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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

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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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.

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Tony Van Vugt
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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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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.

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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 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").


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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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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