North River Gorge - 12.5 miles - 2000 feet elev gain

We will step off from the trailhead Saturday morning at 9:00AM and hike about 8-9 miles in to a campsite along the North River. On Sunday morning, we will get up at a leisurely hour, have breakfast, break camp, and hike out 3-4 miles along the North River with numerous crossings along the way.

I will be driving from Fredericksburg and plan to arrive at the trailhead at 7:30AM on Saturday morning. Those coming from the DC area could do the same which means getting up very early on Saturday morning. An alternative would be to arrive on Friday evening and stay at North River Campground which is only 5 miles from the trailhead. The downside of this option means you will have to deal with the very bad Friday afternoon/evening traffic leaving the DC area. For either option, the Centreville Park & Ride is a good location to meet for car pooling since overnight free parking is available.

A general description of the route can be found on the Hiking Upward site:

http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/NorthRiverGorge/

We will meet Saturday morning at the trailhead indicated in the Hiking Upward trail map which is slightly different from the location used for the Hiking Upward driving directions. The correct grid coordinates are[masked], -79.1757.

Remember to bring footwear suitable for fording the North River. We have to ford it 8 times on Sunday. Also, hiking poles are recommended to provide stability when you are fording the river. I will bring an extra set of poles.

I plan to use a hammock. Those that are bringing tents may want to coordinate with others to share a tent. This will help reduce the load in your packs since one can carry the tent and another can carry the poles. This coordination can typically occur at the trailhead before we start down the trail.

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  • Natalie

    Thanks for the great company. Perfect with the dappled sunshine hike into the campsite and then stream crossings the following day. Thanks for organizing this Dave.

    1 · June 30, 2013

    • ali

      Natalie,

      July 1, 2013

    • ali

      Dave did god job organizing. Everyone was great company. And you provided the icing on the cake: great s'mores. Thanks!

      July 1, 2013

  • ali

    5 Stars. Thanks. :)

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Mark H

    Many thanks for our leader Dave for taking the time to organize this trip and share his experiences, great trip, great company !! - 5 STARS :)

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Dave

    Great trip with old and new faces! And even better Smores!

    June 30, 2013

  • Nazzarena

    Is there anybody left leaving tomorrow morning?

    June 28, 2013

    • Nazzarena

      If so please contact me, I'd really like to carpool

      June 28, 2013

  • Tanya G

    It's end of quarter for our company and I'll be stuck at work late. I won't be able to make this one. Sorry all!

    June 28, 2013

  • Honey B.

    Just realized I have a concert Friday night. I won't be up for an early morning sat.

    June 26, 2013

    • ali

      Actually, the day is so long. If the trail is shady enough, we could start as late as noon and still have enough time to hike, enjoy the scenery and get to camp way before dark.

      June 28, 2013

    • ali

      i vote for later than 9.

      June 28, 2013

  • Ansu

    I'm so sorry Dave but I realized I have too much to accomplish this weekend to be able to do this trip which I have been looking forward to doing :-(

    June 27, 2013

    • Dave

      We will defnitely miss you Ansu. Maybe you will change your mind once you see that the start time is now an hour later. :-)

      June 28, 2013

  • ali

    Hi Dave,

    I just signed up. I can not leave tonight. So I will drive in the morning. Since I do not expect cell phone reception to be in the area, can we relax the 8 am start time? If not, in case I miss, what is the exact location of the campsite? Thanks

    June 28, 2013

    • Dave

      Hi Ali, I plan for us to stay at the campsite that is about 9 miles into the loop just past our second ford of the North River after heading down the North River Gorge Trail from North River Campground. The approximate position is[masked],-79.1971.

      Since this is a relatively short hike on Saturday, I will adjust the start time to 9am instead of 8am. I hope this is okay with everyone and doesn't cause any conflicts.

      1 · June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just got accepted to do a hike at Fortune's Cove in Southern VA. I would love to have joined this hike! Keep me posted for the future and I hope that everyone has a great hike! Cheers!

    June 28, 2013

  • Nazzarena

    So is there anyone leaving Centerville at 7? 6 o'clock is really early for a Friday. Oftentimes we leave at 7:30 for West Virginia that works well

    June 28, 2013

  • Juan N.

    My bad I though it was in July. I have a trip to the Great Smoky TN Sunday. Next time...

    June 28, 2013

  • Dave

    The Hiking Upward directions take you to a location that is a bit down the road from the parking location indicated on the trail map. Use grid coordinates[masked], [masked] to get to the trailhead on Saturday morning.

    June 28, 2013

    • Mark H

      Thanks Dave. Looks like about a 4 mi drive from where some of us will be staying at the NR campground tonight. See you in the am.

      June 28, 2013

  • ali

    BTW, I will be coming from Centreville.

    June 28, 2013

  • Natalie

    I have room for 3 in my car and can pick up at Centreville on Friday evening at 6 pm.

    June 26, 2013

    • Dave

      Just be sure to bring a water filter and you can get water from the river. I will bring my filter but will not be there on Friday night.

      June 26, 2013

    • Natalie

      I have room for one more if needed.

      June 27, 2013

  • Joe

    Sorry, need to bail, got a family matter to attend to...

    June 26, 2013

  • Melissa

    Hey Dave! What other small group events are going on this weekend? I didnt see any, am I just out of practice using meetup???

    June 18, 2013

    • Dave

      I tried to get other organizers to schedule small group events for this same weekend but sadly none did so. :-(

      June 19, 2013

  • Honey B.

    It's long past time I got my butt back on the trail. Hello wilderness!

    May 19, 2013

  • Emerald

    Found out I'll be in Cali instead. Have a great time!

    May 7, 2013

  • Ginger Q.

    Turns out I will be having family in town visiting this weekend. Sorry I won't be able to join you all for this awesome hike.

    May 6, 2013

  • Dave

    I added Ginger and Emily back to the event based upon your previous communication with me. Please correct this if needed.

    April 9, 2013

    • Emerald

      Sounds good to me. Thanks, Dave!

      April 9, 2013

    • Ginger Q.

      Thanks Dave!

      April 9, 2013

  • Dave

    I changed the date to June 28. I apologize to anyone for whom this new date is inconvenient.

    April 9, 2013

  • Ginger Q.

    Sorry I have to back out on this trip. Have fun!

    April 3, 2013

  • Emerald

    Sorry, Dave. A very dear old friend is visiting from out of town and I can't commit to the entire weekend after all. I'm sure you'll all have a great time and hope to join you on another trip!

    March 30, 2013

  • Dave

    Please be sure to respond to my email. Once you do so, I will add you to the confirmed RSVP list.

    1 · March 19, 2013

    • Dave

      I need a response to my email before I can add you to the confirmed RSVP list. This is on a first come, first served basis and applies to everyone on the waiting list equally whether you have hiked with me before or not. No favorites! :-) So please send that response if you want to attend. If you did not receive the email, feel free to call me instead. My number is 54zero 28seven 876two.

      1 · March 19, 2013

    • Dave

      I plan to remove people from the Waiting List that have not responded to my email by the end of this week. Please feel free to add yourself back, but please contact me immediately afterwards so that I can verify your intent to attend. I do not want a full Waiting List to prevent others from thinking there is an opportunity to attend this event.

      March 21, 2013

  • Michael M.

    This is a lovely walk with a number of really beautiful campsites along the gorge. I camped last summer at the more southerly campsite along the North River--very pretty.

    March 18, 2013

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