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Good Day Hikes Close to D.C. Area?
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Christopher Wilke

Locale: Colorado
Good Day Hikes Close to D.C. Area? on 06/02/2011 13:19:55 MDT Print View

I'll be just outside of D.C. next week and might have some time for a day hike. I haven't done any hiking in the area and wanted to get recommendations for must see places? I was thinking about something in Shenendoah NP. How are the ticks out there?


Evan McCarthy
(evanrussia) - MLife

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Re: Good Day Hikes Close to D.C. Area on 06/02/2011 13:38:48 MDT Print View

Be sure to check out for a pretty comprehensive list of day hikes in the area. Feel free to look beyond SNP and at the Massanutten and Great North Mountain areas in the George Washington National Forest for great hikes. Ticks have been known to be bad in the past this time of year but I've been surprised by how few I've seen so far this season.

If you have a handy map you can do any trail mileage you want by combining several outings listed in a given area on

Christopher Wilke

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Good Day Hikes Close to D.C. Area on 06/02/2011 20:35:53 MDT Print View

Thanks for the link Evan! Any personal favorites?

Evan McCarthy
(evanrussia) - MLife

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Mileage on 06/03/2011 07:13:20 MDT Print View

What type of miles do you want to do? Do you getting up to ridges (nothing like you have out west since there isn't a treeline here and typically only 2,000 - 4,000 foot "peaks")? Or staying closer to water?

How about doing Big Schloss in George Washington National Forest?

If you want to add miles you could do side trails to Halfmoon Mountain or White Rocks, trail maps both available on

Karple T

Locale: Mid-Alantic
Shenendoah NP on 06/03/2011 07:34:43 MDT Print View

Go do the Dark Hollow trail near Big Meadows that runs along a stream or do the Old Rag.

I was up there last Sat. and did the Dark Hollow trail, not much bugs. once you
get down the first section onto the gravel horse trail go over the stream on the horse
train to the right and keep following the stream. It's ice cold water to fill up on.

Great Falls on the Potomac is very nice too. The Billy Goat trail is a good one with spectacular views of cliff rocks along the Potomac. It's a moderate hike but fun.

Beautiful time of year here.

No big worries on ticks with these trails.

If you can do a week day trip you will have a lot less people to pass up.


Edited by ctracyverizon on 06/03/2011 07:38:33 MDT.