Special Event! Hike with Optional Overnight & Shakespeare in Historical Staunton

  • March 29, 2014 · 8:30 AM
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Joins Us for an Incredible Weekend of Hiking, Entertainment and Fantastic Camaraderie! Elliott Knob and Falls Hollow Hike with Optional Overnight at The Frederick House and Optional Play at the American Shakespeare Center in Historical Staunton, VA

Overview of Activities

We wanted to offer a weekend of fun to celebrate start of Spring, along with a beautiful hike with amazing 360° views at top of Elliott Knob.Staunton is a great historic walking town and perfect for this weekend getaway.You are welcome to join us for as little or much as you care to do so come on out and join us for only the incredible hike or a weekend of entertainment with the group and fantastic camaraderie!

This special event starts with an incredible hike Saturday with an option to enjoy a play at the American Shakespeare Center, which is conveniently within walking distance where we meet to start our hike.

The hike leaves from Frederick House (where we are staying-see below for reservation information) in Staunton, Va. (Staunton is a great historic walking town) Tickets for the Shakespeare play on Sunday at 2pm can be purchased through they Frederick House and picked up at their box office.

Frederick House

Hotel and play reservations may both be made through the Frederick House. A number of rooms are held at Frederick House for those who want to register at for Fri and/or Sat. Make arrangements at www.Frederick house.com.

The Hike

Elliott Knob  , the summit of Great North Mountain, is not only the highest point in Augusta County, but also the loftiest height obtained in all of George Washington National Forest.  Although this hike involves a vertical rise of more than 2000 feet to reach the summit, the elevation is gained gradually over the course of almost 5 miles.  Enjoyment and inspection of assorted spring wildflowers cam make the ascent seem even easier, and the down hill portiom of the journey has charms of its own, providing a forest and environmemt quite different from that found on the mountain's ridgeline.  A stream drops through the narrow canyon of Falls Hollow in an extensive series of cascades, best appreciated in the spring when the flow is at its highest volume.  The longest hill on this trek is about 300’ over about a half mile or so.

Special Optional Event-Performance at the American Shakespeare Center on Sunday, March 30 at 2 PM

We may have an impromptu hike Sunday morning.  There will be time in between the hike and the play to walk the town and enjoy stores and restaurants.

Carpool Information
There are 3 carpools for this hike!

Laurel Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the DC/Laurel metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.

Annapolis Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area, meetup at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click here for Annapolis carpool directions for getting to the carpool location.

VA East Area Carpool (Fairfax Area METRO)
People can also arrange to meet at the Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station. Click here for directions to Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station.

If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!

Trail Information for Hike
Nearby City: Staunton
Length: 8.5 Miles Out and Back
Vertical Rise: 2425 feet

Land Status: National forest

Skill Level:  Strenuous
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: George Washington National Forest (Deerfield Ranger District)

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine! Click Here for up to the minute weather information for the trail head.

Directions to Trailhead

Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for his Hike

Hike Step-Off Time is at 8:30 a.m.
Carpool meetup time at Savage Station and Ride is 5:45 a.m.

Time for carpooling Vienna METRO is 6:00 a.m.

Carpool Time for Annapolis Area is 5:45 a.m.

Park Fee: None

Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which helps ensure that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.

Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido Is Welcome On This Hike!


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  • Emily H.

    Having a wonderful time this weekend. The hike was awesome! We are enjoying our stay at Frederick House and enjoyed a delicious dinner at Aioli tonight. Afterwards we went to The Split Banana for ice cream. Looking forward to the play tomorrow. Hope Mid Atlantic offers more opportunities for weekend trips to Staunton. Love this town!! Thanks for leading the hike Barb!!

    1 · March 29, 2014

    • Kellie C.

      Emily, Thank you for the feedback. Without it we don't know how to plan for what our members would enjoy. I'll look into adding more events like this!

      March 30, 2014

  • Kellie C.

    Well, Barb, I must say I have never seen an event so far in months that received as much great feedback as this one you took so much time and effort planning. Congrats and very well done. Wish I had been able to have put this on the calendar earlier so it would have had more "air" time for people to see. Now that things are back to normal for me, if you would like to , I am, as always, here to assist you any way that I can with putting more together to share with our members. There certainly is plenty of demand and apperception which is the perfect combination. All your efforts paid off, yay!

    March 30, 2014

  • Emily H.

    Loved the play! Let's do it again!!!

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Kellie C.

    Barb, thank you so much for putting this special event together!

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Barb

    Such a joyful day hiking with such good people. Made the mist hiding the views and the rugged service road challenge all worth the effort. And enjoying dinner together afterwards, so much fun. Joe and Evy at Frederick House, with their wonderful hospitality and outstanding breakfast is worth the trip alone and to finish weekend with walking around Staunton and seeing Shakespeare play makes me want to do it all over again soon!

    3 · March 29, 2014

  • Rick O.

    Wonderful hike. Quite strenuous but rewarding. Thanks to Barb. She is a fantastic leader and always enjoy her hikes.

    4 · March 29, 2014

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