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Devil’s Bathtub

Trail Map: The Hike: Devil’s Bathtub has become a popular bucket list hike. Parking has been always been a problem. The trailhead is located at the end of Forest Road 619—a single lane dirt road. To address parking issues, Scott County created a large parking area (with restrooms) on county road 619, about 1 mile […]

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Rohrbaugh Trail: Dolly Sods

Trail Map: The Hike: Dolly Sods puts the wild and wonderful in West Virginia. This unique wilderness is home to bog and heath ecosystems more commonly found in southern Canada. This area is a true wilderness. A trailhead sign warns: “Don’t expect cell phone service and be prepared to navigate unmarked trails and cross waterways

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Big Meadows Waterfall Loop

Trail Map: The Hike: We have hiked to both Dark Hollow Falls and Rose River Falls and they are both great hikes. This hike combines both falls and includes a short stretch on the Appalachian Trail. Note pets are not allowed at Dark Hollow Falls. Navigating through the campground at the beginning of the hike

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Staunton River Trail to Bear Church Rock

Trail Map: The Hike: We first hiked to Bear Church Rock several years ago from Bootens Gap in Shenandoah National Park. This hike begins just outside the park in Graves Mill. The trail passes beside two rivers as it climbs to Bear Church Rock. This hike combines segments of several trails, so pay attention at

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Settler’s Museum to Glade Mountain

Trail Map: The Hike: This Appalachian Trail section hike doesn’t show up on AllTrails or most hiking websites. It’s a shame as this hike has views of the Great Valley, an AT shelter, several stream crossings, and what may be the longest rhododendron tunnel on the AT. The trailhead is located at an open air

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Roaring Run Hoop Hole

The Hike: This easy hike passes beside Roaring Run much of the way. We hiked following heavy rains and the stream was full and the falls were spectacular. This loop trail combines the Woodland Trail and the Streamside Trail. Both trails begin near the trail kiosk by the restrooms.  We began the loop by following

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Apple Orchard Falls & Cornelius Creek Loop

The Hike: We hiked to Apple Orchard Falls in the dry summer of 2021. The water level in the falls that year was just a trickle—but it was still a great hike. We wanted to go back when the water level was higher to see the 200’ falls in all of its glory.  Kathy is

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Sulphur Springs Loop

The Hike: From the trailhead on Petites Gap Road, we elected to hike counterclockwise leaving the 2.8 mile section of gravel road for the end. From the parking area, follow the white-blazed Appalachian Trail northbound. The climb begins immediately and the trail gains nearly 700’ in elevation over the first mile.  We hiked in early

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