What we're about

Welcome Hikers!

Our goal is to help you explore on foot the abundance of wonderful natural places Virginia has to offer. If you're a beginner, we'll make sure that you never hike alone (unless you want to!). We'll also teach you how to become an intrepid hiker capable of exploring wherever (the rugged Shenandoah National Park, for instance) and whenever (at night!). We're aided in our efforts to get out and explore by Great Outdoor Provision Co., which provides us space for clinics and meetings, and pays the fee for our Meetup site.

Membership Information:

Our leadership team consists of dedicated volunteers who work hard and give generously of their time so that we have a calendar full of fun events. As a Member, you can help show your appreciation by helping with the following:

Member Profile & Photo:

Name: Please refrain from using an alias – use your first name or first name and initial from last (i.e. Jane or Jane D).

Introduction: Write a line or two about yourself…

Picture: Please include a picture of yourself – not your dog, random landscape, group photo, etc… This is extremely helpful to event organizers who are trying to identify you. As a point of safety concerns – many hike leaders/event organizers will REQUIRE A PROFILE PHOTO FOR ATTENDANCE IN AN EVENT!!! Without an acceptable photo, you may find that you’re moved from attending an event to being waitlisted. If you have difficulty in uploading a photo, any event organizer will be happy to try to help you. If you have a personal reason for not wanting to post your photo, please include “No Photo” at the end of your Profile Introduction and be sure to communicate this to your event organizer(s).

Hike Ratings: You will find upcoming events posted on the Home Page as well as the calendar. Please read each event/hikes description to see if it’s a good fit for you. If you have any concerns about your ability to do a hike, please contact the Hikes Event Organizer. We want to the experience to be fun and safe for both you and your fellow hikers. If you are new to the group and/or new to hiking please review Hike Ratings - Hike Ratings (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/22109834/Hike_Ratings_%28Mountain_Hikes%29).

Know your capabilities before you sign up for a hike. The ratings system was developed so you have a good idea what you’re signing up for. Hike Leaders may screen prospective hikers to make sure that each participant can finish the hike. Self-evaluation and screening are important because someone who can’t finish a hike puts himself in danger and ruins the enjoyment for all.

Code of Conduct: Members of GetHiking Charlottesville are required to show their organizers, hike leaders, sponsors and other members the utmost courtesy and respect. Disrespect or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated and you will be immediately removed and banned from the group. If you feel you’ve been a victim of such behavior please bring it to the Organizer’s/Co-Organizer’s attention.

GetHiking Charlottesville is NOT a dating MeetUp group. We promote being in the outdoors, friendships, fitness and fun. Do not assume because someone is single and in the group that they are waiting for you to sweep them off their feet. Chances are, they aren’t. There are plenty of other MeetUp groups and websites, that are meant specifically for dating. Please join one of those, if you’re looking for someone to date…As member of GetHiking Charlottesville you agree to Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/27159289/Code_of_Conduct/)

Disclaimer:

GetHiking Charlottesville Organizers are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. By signing up for and/or attending our events, you acknowledge, understand, accept and agree that the activities we organize can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death.

GetHiking’s Charlottesville's Organizer, Co-Organizers, Event Organizers and Sponsors are not responsible for the safety of participants, members and guest. We will try our best to prevent accidents, but we are not responsible if something happens to you.
By joining GetHiking Charlottesville you acknowledge and accept this disclaimer - GetHiking's Disclaimer (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/21088739/Disclaimer/)

RSVP:

When you RSVP for an event, you take up one of the allotted spaces for that event. If you don't show up, you deny another member the opportunity to attend. The same applies to changing your RSVP from "yes" to "no" just before an event. Even if an event is not full, the organizer must often make arrangements based on the number of people that RSVP'd and sometimes make last minute adjustments based on the number that actually attend.

Please be respectful of both the person organizing the event as well as other members who would have enjoyed the opportunity to join in the fun but were denied that opportunity due to a no-show.

Only RSVP, if you plan to attend! If your plans change and you are no longer able to attend, please update your RSVP as soon as possible. Not showing up for an event results in a “No Show”. Three No Shows can lead to membership suspension and/or being dropped from events with a waitlist. It is each member’s responsibility to keep up with their RSVP’s… For more info see - RSVP and No Shows (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/21088090/RSVP_and_No_Shows/)

Hiking With Dogs:

Dogs are allowed on hikes at the discretion of the Hike Leader and the policies/regulations of the trails and area being hiked. Rather than assume that your pup is welcome on a hike, please ask in the hike's comment section if this is a "dog friendly hike". Prior to bringing your dog, please review our - Dog Policy (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/22042321/Dog_Policy/)

Dogs must be kept on a short (max 6’, non-retractable) leash

Owners must pick up after their dogs

Owners must bring plenty of water for their dog

Dogs must be well behaved and capable of keeping up with the group

Despite all the necessary policy and guidelines, you will find that we’re a friendly and easy to get to know group. We hope you’ll get outside and join us on the trail soon!

Upcoming events (4+)

Winter Tree ID Walk

Riverview Park

Winter unmasks nature, revealing the architecture of our local woody plants. Join Emily Ferguson, a Charlottesville Area Tree Steward on this early winter tree walk to see and learn to identify trees using bark, branching, leaf scars, buds, and more. This is an easy walk on a paved portion of the Rivanna Trail under trees (without canopy) and through open fields.

If you are already a tree enthusiast, please bring your favorite tree ID book, hand lens, and/or binoculars as aids. Please dress warmly according to the weather conditions as we will not be walking fast, wear hiking boots or sneakers, and bring water and food, if necessary.

This walk will use the paved portion of the Rivanna Trail to look at riparian tree species before looping back through open scrubby fields. The route will be mostly sunny due to the lack of tree canopy.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-walk-tickets-405666578657

Robertson Mountain and Nicholson Hollow Circuit-11.5 miles-Strenuous

4105 Lewis and Clark Dr

Starting Point - Old Rag Parking Area

Ending Point - Old Rag Parking Area

Hike Distance/Rating - 11.5 miles/Strenuous

PLEASE NOTE - Since this hike is rated as a strenuous hike, all hikers are going to start on the wait list for this hike until I can verify the hiking experience of all hikers on the wait list. Those who have not hiked a strenuous hike with me have seven days to answer the following vetting questions.

  1. How often do you hike?
  2. What strenuous hikes have you done?
  3. When and what was the last strenuous hike that you completed?

Failure to answer the vetting questions within five days will move those hikers to NOT GOING. The answers to the above questions need to be emailed to me patrickcory@hotmail.com.

Trailhead GPS Coordinates -[masked], [masked]

Hike Highlights - Weakley Hollow Fire Road, Robertson Mountain Trail, 270 Degree Views from Robertson Mountain Summit, Old Rag Fire Road, Corbin Mountain Trail, Indian Run Trail, Nicholson Hollow Trail

Hike Details - For the first Sunday hike in December, we are going to hike some old favorite trails near Old Rag. We are going to start the hike from the Old Rag Parking Area- We are going to walk up the Weakley Hollow Fire Road to the Robertson Mountain Trail. We are going to turn right onto the Robertson Mountain Trail. We are going to have one of the steepest trails in Shenandoah National Park to the summit of Robertson Mountain. The summit offers nearly 360 degree views of the mountains and ridges of Shenandoah National Park. After soaking in the views, we will descend the Robertson Mountain Trail to the Old Rag Fire Road. We will turn right onto the Old Rag Fire Road and hike up to the Corbin Mountain Trail. We will turn right onto the Corbin Mountain Trail and hike up to the Indian Run Trail. We will turn left onto the Indian Run Trail. We will have a steep descent down to the PATC Corbin Mountain Cabin and the Nicholson Hollow Trail. We will hike the Nicholson Trail to complete this circuit hike back at the Old Rag Parking Area.

What to Bring - Broken in Hiking Boots, Trekking Poles, Lunch/Snacks, 3 to 5 Liters of Water, First Aid Kit, Good Day Pack, Gas Money if not driving, Layers of Clothing for Cold Mountain Weather, Beanies/Gloves

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The Priest Wilderness - Appalachian Trail - 6 miles - Moderately Stren

Appalachian Trail - Tye River Bridge

The Priest Wilderness - established in 2000 - is a beautiful relatively secluded area in Amherst County. It is located in a region of the Blue Ridge Mountains known as the Religious Range. The mountain - aptly named The Priest - rises 4,000 feet above the valley floor and is one of the highest peaks within the Pedlar District of the George Washington National Forest. Cutting through the heart of the Priest Wilderness is the Appalachian Trail. For our hike, we will traverse and approximate 3 mile stretch of this infamous footpath.

Starting from the parking lot along Route 56, we will access the AT and begin a steady 2000 foot ascent. Along our way up we will meander through about 20 switchbacks. There will also be a couple of minor stream crossings along the way. At the conclusion of our ascent, we will reach a rock outcropping that will provide a spectacular eastern view of rural Amherst County. From this vantage point - also the mid-way point of our hike where we can soak up the scenery - we will break for lunch. After our break, we will retrace our steps back to the parking lot.

PLEASE NOTE: In the Spring of 2023, I will plan to return to this area - but this time our intent will be to reach the summit of The Priest - when we will have longer daylight hours.

At the conclusion of our outing, and for those that are interested, we can gather at a nearby brewery or restaurant for a post-hike bite to eat and drinks.

What to Wear and Bring:
> hiking apparel should include moisture wicking clothing such as polyester and/or merino wool as a base/skin layer
> a light-weight rain jacket - just in case
> a good pair of broken-in hiking shoes/boots
> wool/merino hiking socks (such as Smart Wool)
> 1.5 to 2 liters of water and/or an electro-lyte replacement drink
> snack food
> Most Importantly – Lunch – which will be eaten at a rock outcropping providing a stunning view of the valley below - this happens to be the mid-point of our hike

I look forward to the opportunity of enjoying this hike with you on what I hope will be a blue sky, sunny day.

RESCHEDULED Black Rock Summit Via Browns Gap - 5.4 miles moderately easy

This is a lovely out and back hike.
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/black-rock-summit-via-browns-gap It winds through the woods with limited elevation and brings you to the Summit which is a cool archeologic pile of rocks with amazing panoramic views. I am not a scrambler but have seen lots of people climb up to the top for a photo. Our hike will start at the Browns Gap parking area (mile 83 in Shenandoah National Park) at 1:30 PM. We will cross Skyline Drive, hike along the AT, cross the road again and hike up to the Summit. We’ll stop at the Summit for a gawk and return the way we hiked up. While there is only 650 feet of elevation, I wish that I had brought my poles when we hiked it in early November as there were lots of leaves on the trail. For those interested, we can stop at a winery after the hike.

RSVP: Please update your RSVP to "Not Going" if you find that you cannot attend the event.

WEATHER: Thunder and lightning or heavy rain will cancel this activity. If there is a cancellation, attendees will be notified the evening prior to hike.

DISCLAIMER: GetHiking Charlottesville's Organizers are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - Disclaimer (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/21088739/Disclaimer/ )

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Past events (1,753)

5 moderate miles with elevation at Mint Springs

Mint Springs Valley Park

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