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 (5)

Fry's Spring Evening History Walk - about 3 miles

Fry’s Spring Beach Club 2512 Jefferson Park Ave Charlottesville, VA

We will walk through this lovely early 1900's neighborhood, to Piedmont Plantation (circa 1802) and UVA's historic cemetery. Optional post-hike dining at Thai Silk, Guadalajara or Durty Nellie's. If the Beach Club parking lot looks full, please park on JPA where there is usually lots of space. A mask is required; we will walk an appropriate distance apart. Dogs are welcome. Since we must keep our number of hikers low, please don't RSVP unless you absolutely intend to be there. Questions?... call or text[masked]

Knob Mountain/Jeremy's Run Circuit-12.3 miles-Strenuous

4105 Lewis and Clark Dr

Starting Point - Elkwallow Picnic Area/Wayside (Miler Marker 24.1) Ending Point - Elkwallow Picnic Area/Wayside (Mile Marker 24.1) Hike Distance/Rating - 12.3 miles/Strenuous PLEASE NOTE: This is a ‘social distancing’ hike, which means that the group size will be limited and there won’t be an organized carpool. Before the hike, we will take a few minutes so that we all have an opportunity to express what our social distancing comfort levels are. This can vary significantly from one person to the next and we don’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable or at risk. All hikers should bring some kind of face covering or mask - this will be useful if we’re passing another group and proper social distancing isn’t possible. Mask will also be required if we make a post hike stop and you want to go inside and use the restroom. Since this is a strenuous level hike with limited spots, preference will be given to those who have previously hiked strenuous hikes with me. If additional spaces are available, I will post a series of vetting questions in the comments section and hikers will be considered based on order received. Current strenuous level hiking experience is required. The noted MeetUp location is for those that have an interest in caravanning to the trailhead together - I will not be organizing a carpool. Based on what you’re comfortable with, you’ll either need to drive yourself to the trailhead or make your own arrangements to share a ride. Hike Highlights - Appalachian Trail, Knob Mountains Trail, Knob Mountain, Jeremy;s Run, Jeremy's Run Trail, Wildflowers Hike Details - We are going to be going to one of my favorite trails in the North District of Shenandoah National Park. I do want to note that at this time the Elkwallow Picnic Area is closed. If it is still closed on the day of the hike, the hike will start at the Elkwallow Wayside. Please pay attention to the comments section for updates regarding the hike starting point. Regardless of where we park for the hike, we will make our way to the Jeremy's Run spur trail at the Elkwallow Picnic Area to the Appalachian Trail. We will follow the Appalachian Trail down to the Jeremy's Run Trail. We will follow the Jeremy's Run Trail to the Knob Mountain Connector Trail. We will turn right onto the Knob Mountain Connector Trail and make the short climb up to the Knob Mountain Trail. We will turn left onto the Knob Mountain Trail. We will continue on the Knob Mountain Trail to the summit of Knob Mountain. After the summit, we will descend down to the Jeremy's Run Trail. We will turn left onto the Jeremy's Run Trail and start the steady climb up the Jeremy's Run Trail back up to the Appalachian Trail. We will have 17 stream crossings of Jeremy's Run as we complete this amazing circuit. You will want to be on the lookout for all of the wildflowers on the Jeremy's Run Trail. Please make sure to review the hike link below before signing up for this hike. http://midatlantichikes.com/knobmt.htm What to Bring - Broken in hiking boots, trekking poles, a change of socks, dry shoes, a camera/phone, a good daypack, first aid kit, 3 to 5 liters of water/propel water, lunch/snacks, annual SNP pass if you have one, sunscreen, tick repellent

Falls of Cedar Run/Whiteoak Canyon. 8miles Mod Strenuous. Lots of Water!!!

Whiteoak Canyon Lower Parking Lot

We’ll start early to avoid the heat as much as possible. Slower pace with multiple in-the-water breaks! 2450 elevation gain. STRENUOUS steep climb up Cedar Run, cross over to White Oak Canyon to descend. Gorgeous!! Running cascades and falls to the big one at the bottom. Swimming holes. https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/WhiteOakCedarRun/. (We will do in reverse direction) Difficulty - Moderately strenuous because of strenuous climb up when we begin. 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- GetHiking Disclaimer (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/21088739/Disclaimer/) PLEASE NOTE: This is a ‘social distancing’ hike, which means that the group size will be limited and there won’t be an organized carpool. Before the hike, we will take a few minutes so that we all have an opportunity to express what our social distancing comfort levels are. This can vary significantly from one person to the next and we don’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable or at risk. All hikers should bring some kind of face covering or mask - this will be useful if we’re passing another group and proper social distancing isn’t possible. Mask will also be required if we make a post hike stop and you want to go inside and use the restroom. Since this is a moderately strenuous level hike with limited spots, preference will be given to those who have previously hiked similar hikes with me. If additional spaces are available, hikers with moderetly strenous level hiking experience will be moved off the waitlist. Note on difficulty: This hike will have 2450' of elevation gain. This is NOT an easy hike - moderate with a few challenging sections (most challenging is the continuous uphill section returning from the falls. Proper footwear and hiking poles for this hike!!! Where: Currently, we are not organizing carpools. We will meet at the Whiteoak Canyon parking lot at 8:30 am. Supplies: please bring plenty of water and wear hiking boots/shoes. Trekking poles are recommended for this hike - they make the water crossings much easier. We will be taking a break at the top, so bring lunch and snacks...

Corbin Mountain Circuit - 11 miles - Strenuous

4105 Lewis and Clark Dr

Starting Point - Old Rag Parking Area on 600 Ending Point - Old Tag Parking Area on 600 Hike Distance/Rating - 11 miles/Strenuous PLEASE NOTE: This is a ‘social distancing’ hike, which means that the group size will be limited and there won’t be an organized carpool. Before the hike, we will take a few minutes so that we all have an opportunity to express what our social distancing comfort levels are. This can vary significantly from one person to the next and we don’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable or at risk. All hikers should bring some kind of face covering or mask - this will be useful if we’re passing another group and proper social distancing isn’t possible. Mask will also be required if we make a post hike stop and you want to go inside and use the restroom. Since this is a strenuous level hike with limited spots, preference will be given to those who have previously hiked strenuous hikes with me. If additional spaces are available, I will post a series of vetting questions in the comments section and hikers will be considered based on order received. Current strenuous level hiking experience is required. The noted MeetUp location is for those that have an interest in caravanning to the trailhead together - I will not be organizing a carpool. Based on what you’re comfortable with, you’ll either need to drive yourself to the trailhead or make your own arrangements to share a ride. Hike Highlights - Nicholson Hollow Trail, Corbin Mountain Trail, Indian Run Trail, PATC Cabin, Multiple small waterfalls and swimming holes Hike Highlights - The Old Rag area trails have reopened and it is time to return to some of the best trails in the area of Old Rag. We are going to start the hike at the new Old Rag parking area and make our way to the Nicholson Hollow Trail. We are going to hike the Nicholson Hollow Trail to the junction with the Corbin Mountain Trail. We are going to make a left turn on the Corbin Mountain Trail and make the climb up Corbin Mountain. We will continue on the Corbin Mountain Trail to the Indian Run Trail. Upon the arrival to the Indian Run Trail, we are going to turn right onto the Indian Run Trail. We will have a steep descent down to the PATC Cabin and the Nicholson Hollow Trail. We will have multiple small waterfalls, stream crossings, and swimming holes to cool off during the summer heat on the Nicholson Hollow Trail. We will close the circuit and retrace our steps back to the parking area at the Old Rag parking area. What to Bring - Broken in hiking boots, trekking poles, a good day pack, SNP pass if you have one, camera/phone, 3 to 5 liters of water/propel water, lunch/snacks, a change of clothes if going for a swim, first aid kit, sunscreen, tick repellent

Past events (798)

Campbell Falls - ROARING! 7 mile (3.5 easy, 3.5 STRENUOUS) BRP Nelson County.

Appalachian Trail Access/Parking at Love Gap

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