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Below are the most recent hiker reviews

Overall Run/Beecher Ridge Rating:
By , hiked on: 12/8/2018
This a beautiful hike and close to Shenandoah River State Park. We did the loop counterclockwise and enjoyed having the great views at the end of the hike. It was a bit muddy at the beginnng but only on the Jackson Hollow Trail part. ... more >>>

Bald Knob and Dobson Knob Rating:
By , hiked on: 12/8/2018
FYI for anyone planning on doing this hike- the terminus of Good Rd is now marked with purple paint and multiple signs saying no trespassing, trespassers will be prosecuted, etc. We chose not to park the car there and risk issues crossing private property and instead drove back down the road and parked on the other side of the river. We then accessed the MST by walking down the railroad tracks. Actually we missed the MST on the tracks, walked way past it, and ascended a different ridge by a series of what look like steep, old forest roads and off trail using a GPS. We w ... more >>>

Three Ridges Rating:
By , hiked on: 12/6/2018
Completed this hike counterclockwise (Mau-Har to AT) overnight. Typically this hike is well trafficked, but I didn't see a soul until the second day mid-way through the AT portion. While I greatly enjoyed it, I wouldn't recommend the Mau-Har trail right now. Especially not for beginners or those with limited navigational skills. There was easily 2-4 inches of snow on the trail which made it very difficult to navigate and stay on course. At times the numerous blowdowns meant you had to detour a steep 10-20 yards down/up the mountain and then back up to get back to the tr ... more >>>

Old Rag Mountain Rating:
By , hiked on: 12/7/2018
I've viewed many videos about Old Rag Mountain, and read even more blogs over the years. This hike has been on my list and at 60 years old I finally had an opportunity to hike Old Rag Mountain. I will tell you all the videos and blogs don't even come close to being there in person and conducting this amazing hike. I conducted this hike on Friday 07 Dec 2018, there was snow and ice on the trail from about 2-3 days ago which made it even more beautiful, and maybe even a little bit more difficult. The trail marker or blazes (blue/greenisj in color @ times are hard to spot, it' ... more >>>

Fallingwater Cascades/Flat Top Mtn Rating:
By Jonny E, hiked on: 12/2/2018
Did a variation of the hike described here: started at the Peak of Otter Lodge, walked about 0.5 mi to the trailhead that is closed during winter (about 0.5 mi from Abbott Lake trail, past the picnic area). Went up, over, and back down Flat Top, to Falling Water Cascades, the reversed course back to starting point. Took about 4 hrs total, no stopping (half hiking half trail run) Foggy/windy/rainy day, but still beautiful. Amazing to see so much greenery at the top - dripping wet everything, mossy rocks with water trickling down, gnarly twisted branches on trees and bushes ... more >>>

Fridley Gap Rating:
By John, hiked on: 12/1/2018
Awesome hike. Hiked up to the top of orange trail and stayed their overnight. The campsite is right next to a decent overlook. Would recommend for backpacking. ... more >>>

Broad Hollow Rating:
By , hiked on: 12/1/2018
I hiked this on a foggy, drizzly Saturday with a small group from Central Virginia Trailblazers (www.cvatrailblazers.org). The description and recent reviews are spot on. The trail is mostly cleared as Jim Necci mentioned. We had no trouble finding the lone parking spot, which was vacant when we arrived. Due to recent rains, the stream crossings in the first mile were a little tricky and the forestry road near the end was more like a creek than a bog. I can't comment on the views as the fog was too thick to see anything. We saw no other hikers on the trail the entire ... 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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