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Hollow Brook Rating:
By Julie, hiked on: 8/24/2019
Ok so first, the parking for Hollow Brook IS on Morgan Mill Rd. They have NO PARKING signs for the actual road but they have an entrance that you can drive up and actually park near/ in front of the trail entrance. I wasn't sure what to expect after reading that you couldn't park on Morgan Mill Rd anymore but I figured I'd give it a shot and see... Anyways, Im glad I did because this is probably one of my favorite places now. My husband and I took our two boys (5 and 3) and they did great. It's a beautiful hike.. definitely recommend it! ... more >>>

Bear Church Rock Rating:
By Suzanne, hiked on: 8/24/2019
Wonderful hike! Walking by the water most of the time . . . not crowded, but not by oneself either . . . beautiful and peaceful view at the top . . . had it to myself for several minutes until I was joined by 3 nice young men and one of their dogs . . . steep towards the end, but not overwhelming. I always find going down to be more difficult than going up, and while this hike is definitely down hill going back, again it's not overwhelming. Lush vegetation, the mountain laurel grove is fascinating. I even enjoyed the cabin! But the best part was the peaceful setting at t ... more >>>

Three Falls Rating:
By Sean, hiked on: 8/20/2019
I hiked this as described. I liked the Rose River Falls and the Dark Hollow Falls sections the best. The Lewis Spring Falls section I did not like much for several reasons: 1) much of that trail is much rockier than the Rose River and Dark Hollow Falls sections, 2) the view of Lewis Spring Falls is not very good -- the worst of the three, 3) the additional descent and ascent for that portion of the trail (seen on the elevation profile) had me worn out after the much larger descent and ascent at the beginning (which I handled OK). I suggest eliminating the Lewis Falls sectio ... more >>>

Spy Rock Rating:
By , hiked on: 8/16/2019
A lot of things have improved since the last review! There are no more "No Trespassing" signs in your way - some of the side roads have signs like that, but the road up to the AT is clear. There are a few crossroads that can make it a little confusing, keep an eye out for blue blazes. The paths around Sky Rock itself have changed dramatically. There is now a beautiful, well-marked, new path leading safely up to the summit. Highly recommended! ... more >>>

Whetstone Ridge Rating:
By JLP, hiked on: 8/17/2019
I'd probably give this five stars if I was doing it as a shuttle hike and didn't have to retrace my steps. As it was, I didn't have a shuttle car, so I only did the hike from the BRP to the overlook at mile 6.8, and I'm looking forward to doing the remainder of the trail from the opposite end later this year. I love ridge hikes, and this one was quite enjoyable - until I had to turn around and retrace over the same terrain for a very long distance. I probably would have enjoyed the backtracking more in cooler temperatures, but if you do the same thing I did, be prepared fo ... more >>>

Woody Ridge Trail Rating:
By Zachary Robbins, hiked on: 8/10/2019
Hiked this following the trail up and down from the parking area instead of doing the loop as described. It was more difficult than I remembered, but I am out of shape. With talking and multiple breaks at viewpoints it took nearly 3 hours to reach the crest. From there I got hit with thunderstorms for 45 min, then proceeded to bag Celo Knob. My primary goal was checking out the mine below Grassy Knob, over 1,000 foot descent from the crest trail. This made a difficult hike that more difficult coming back out of the valley. I then bagged Percys Peak before descended Woody Ri ... more >>>

Strickler Knob Rating:
By Fabrice , hiked on: 8/11/2019
Decided to start the hike from the Massanutten Connector Trail parking because the route suggested by Hiking Upward is too steep on the return... I thought the total hike would end up being 9 miles but it turns out to be 11 miles total. Anyway it was a great day. In the 80s but dry so the heat didn't bother me much. the rock scramble at the top reminded of Old Rag a bit. But the crowds weren't there which was very nice. I saw four other people that day. I like the fact that you can access Strickler Knob from different starting points. you can make it the length ... 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.

West Virginia

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 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.

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.


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 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.


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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