Rock scramble

Pete’s Cave/ North Mountain

The Hike: Full disclosure 1: Pete’s Cave isn’t named after Hoppy Hiker Pete, despite his claims to the contrary. Full disclosure 2: There really isn’t a cave, just a large jumble of boulders. Despite the poetic license of “cave”, this is a great hike. Getting to the trailhead is a bit of an adventure. State […]

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Tibbet Knob

Highlights: Great views, rocky summit, rock scramble Distance: 3.3 miles out and back Elevation Change: 865 feet Trail Surface: Very rocky Difficulty Level: Moderate (rocky surface, rock scramble)  Trailhead Parking: Wolf Gap Recreation Area, VA state route 675 Website: AllTrails Beer Pairings: Woodstock Brewhouse—North Fork Golden Ale & Beckford Parish Pale Ale The Hike: This

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Devil’s Marbleyard

Highlights: Amazing rock scramble and great views Distance: 3.8 miles out and back Elevation change: 1,150 feet Difficulty level: Moderate/Strenuous Trailhead Parking: VA 781 (Petites Gap Road) small parking area at Belfast Trailhead, 4.5 miles south of Blue Ridge Parkway Website: US Forest Service Beer Pairings: Great Valley Farm Brewery—IPA & Coffee Stout The Hike:

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Billy Goat/C&O Canal Towpath Loop

Highlights: Waterfalls, rock scrambles, river views Distance: 4.9 mile loop Elevation change: 205 feet Difficulty level: Moderate/Technical Trailhead Parking: Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, Potomac MD, park fee required Website: C&O Canal National Historical Park Beer Pairings: Old Angler’s Inn—Sam Adams Boston Lager The Hike: The Virginia side of Great Falls has slightly better views,

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Great Falls Virginia Loop

Highlights: Waterfalls, wildflowers, rock formations, wildlife, views Distance: 4.7 mile loop Elevation change: 383 feet Difficulty level: Moderate Trailhead Parking: Great Falls Park Visitor Center, Dominion Drive, Great Falls VA; park fee required Website: Great Falls Park Beer Pairings: Lake Anne Brew House—Reston Red Ale & Live-Work-Play IPA The Hike: The Great Falls of the

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