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About HikingUpward.com
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 HikingUpward.com was founded in 2000 a team of dedicated volunteers 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 in the mid-Atlantic are maintained by private groups. Please consider joining or donating to your local hiking non-profit. 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 almost 20 years ago as a way to share his favorite trails with other hikers. In those years the site has grown to feature hundreds of day-hikes and backpacks across the mid-Atlantic region. After hiking for 40 years in the mid-Atlantic Tony can still be found out on the trails most days volunteering for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and United States Forestry Service supporting trail maintenance and sustainable usage of our natural resources.

Contact: Tony Van Vugt

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.

Contact: Bryce Allison


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.

Contact: Zach Robbins

Jeff Monroe
Senior Trails Contributor

Charlottesville based Jeff Monroe has been hiking in Virginia for nearly 30 years, and writes about some of his outings in his blog at www.wanderingvirginia.com. Jeff volunteers extensively for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, is 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.

Contact: Jeff Monroe


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 social media blog promoting the awareness of Virginia's hiking trails. 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.

Contact: Adam Anderson
Contact: Christine Anderson

Linda Shotwell
Advocacy and Community Outreach

Linda has hiked in the mid-Atlantic for more than 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.

Contact: Linda Shotwell

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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