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Charlottesville MLK Inauguration Weekend Hiking

  • Jan 18, 2013 · 3:00 PM

Friday January 18 3 p.m. till Monday January 21 noon.

We had such a grand time here in November, we are returning. Click to see pictures. Many have a holiday January 21st so I reserved 3 nights. Potomac Appalachian Trail Club's Dunlodge cabin is 100 miles from the beltway. Dunlodge is a beautiful, fully-furnished house located in the heart of Charlottesville, Virginia, directly adjacent to the University of Virginia. The football stadium and John Paul Jones Arena are both within walking distance and Dunlodge is convenient to the area’s wineries, breweries and many historical sites. Located on a secluded 5-acre wooded property, the house is a unique showplace of log siding, sloped roofs, step down rooms, rose bud flooring, indoor fireplaces, wood beam ceilings, a large sunroom and a formal dining room. Dunlodge is completely modernized with full kitchen appliances, central heating and air conditioning. The landscaped gardens feature a large outdoor slate patio with a rock fireplace, a horse barn and American Trails tying into the UVA Observatory Hill trail system and to the Rivanna Greenbelt Trail that circles the entire city of Charlottesville.

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS: 8 people maximum. There are 5 beds in 4 bedrooms: 1 queen, 2 with 1 double, and 1 with 2 twins. If you are flexible, bring a small air mattress and sleep on the floor. Pay extra if it's important to confirm a specific room.

COSTS: Pay your $$$ immediately after you RSVP. In the past some have quickly RSVPed but not paid. Others thought the meet up was full and did not sign up. If you do not pay immediately, I will relunctantly change your RSVP so paying hikers may join.

Go to "buy" tab then "make a payment" My email is [masked]. When you pay note it is for Dunlodge. If you pay extra, note which bedroom you want.

#1 & 2 Nancy & Albina confirmed for twin bedroom.

#3 Julia confirmed for queen bedroom.

#4 Leo confirmed for a double bedroom

#5 & 6 Malcolm & 1 confirmed for a double bedroom

#7 Jayne confirmed for floor space

REFUNDS are complicated. A refund is unlikely if you change your RSVP and another hiker does not send me payment for your spot.


The Rivanna Trail is right outside our door and I plan to hike it one or two days to see where it goes.

Ivy Creek Natural Area is a nice short hike with little elevation change and multiple trails. Hiking Upward put together an outward loop incorporating parts of many of them.

Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest are a short drive. There is an entrance fee to Shenandoah National Park none to George Washington National Forest.

FOOD: In general meals, snacks, liquids etc. are each hiker’s responsibility. Albina has agreed to provide dinner one night & Afghan Kabob Palace was a huge success last time. Bryce from Hiking may join us. He is recommending we hike this or check out trails around the Delfosse Winery which is having a French Crêpe Day January 20th 1pm to 5pm. So many options so little time.

BRING: Sheets, towel, soap, ear plugs, sleeping bag, blanket, and a willingness to help keep this cabin in pristine condition.

I WILL PROVIDE: Kitchen towel, soap, washrag, papertowels garbage bag. Bathroom hand towels, hand soap, toilet paper.

CABIN LOCATION: Dunlodge Cabin is located in Charlottesville, VA. We may access the cabin after 3pm on Friday and must leave before noon Monday.

DRIVING: Detailed directions will be sent to those attending. Use meet up postings or email hikers directly to form carpools. If carpooling, please provide your driver $15 for gas to/from cabin plus $ to/from hiking.

SAFETY: When hiking, I carry my phone, driver’s license, medical insurance card, credit card, cash, headlamp, whistle, first aid items.

HIKING SHOES OR BOOTS are important.

HIKING POLES are helpful.

MICROSPIKESstrongly encourage

CAMERA: But of course!!

HUMOR: An absolute must

PETS: NOT allowed

Call[masked] (# blocked if you are not signed in to meet up) before 9pm or email [masked] with your questions


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