What we’re about
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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+)See all
- SAUNDERS-MONTICELLO TRAIL with a twist - 5ish moderate milesNeeds location
Last Monday we found the gate at the top of the trail closed at 9:45 so we are going to start a little later this week. Some hikers wanted extra mileage so we added the Meadow Loop. I am adding that as an option for those who want to get to 5+ miles. If you don't want to do that, you can hike back to the parking lot and have a 4+ mile hike. We'll meet at 9:30 AM at the far end of the Dairy Barn parking lot, near the Saunders Monticello Trail entrance. The parking lot is off Route 20 between Route 53 and exits for 64; across from Piedmont Virginia Community College. Introductions take about 5 minutes. If you are late, walk up the trail to find us. We'll hike up to the Visitors Center, stop to use the bathrooms and hike back down; either to the meadow loop or to the parking lot. I don't hike in the rain and will be a baby and cancel the day before if it is raining.
Sorry. No dogs allowed on the Boardwalk.
RSVP: If you find that you are unable to attend, please update your RSVP to Not Attending.Not open
- Humpback Mtn Picnic Area to Humpback Rock 6 milesHumpback Rocks Picnic Area, Lyndhurst, VA
Humpback Picnic Area to Humpback Rock 6 miles
About 1400 ft elevation gain Mod Strenuous
The views from Humpback Rocks cannot be beat - but our approach from the south provides a different perspective than the usual climb. We'll start from the very back of the Humpback Rocks picnic area, using a blue blazed connector trail to join up with the AT heading north.
We'll enjoy views of Wintergreen, passing the actual Humpback Mtn peak. Once we reach the rocky outcrop of Humpback rocks we'll enjoy the display of the valley to our west. Then, we'll retrace our steps back the the picnic area. We may choose to continue on the short Catoctin trail to take in the views to the east.
The majority of the trail is packed earth and rock. There are no significant stream crossings.
Equipment and Supplies -- Sturdy hiking shoes or boots are highly recommended. Poles are strongly recommended. The conditions in the mountains are highly variable - wear enough layers to stay warm.
Presently there is no rain predicted for Monday. Of course , bring sufficient water and food for snacks and lunch.
Weather prediction as of today is 0% precipitation, partly sunny, light winds and a high 54 F.
Dogs - Sorry, no dogs are accepted on this particular MeetUp hike.
NO Entrance Fee or Pass is required.
Carpool - There is no formal carpool organized for this event. You may suggest carpooling in the comments section.
Disclaimer: You hike at your own risk. I am an organizer, not a professional guide. I have hiked this trail and know the route, but I cannot predict wildlife and wilderness. Great Outdoor Provision Co is our generous MeetUp benefactor, but is also not responsible for your safety.
- Jones Run/Doyles River 6.6 miles moderately strenuousBrowns Gap Parking Area, Crozet, VA
This hike will be co-lead by Larry Cutler and Carla Anderson.
This is a 6.6 mile moderate hike and one of the most popular waterfall hikes in the southern section of the Shenandoah National Park. There are several falls along Jones Run, plus two large falls on Doyles River.
**Bring a lunch, plenty of water, and be prepared to cross streams and gain about 1500’ of elevation!! Also watch the weather and bring layers for this time of year. It can be chillier up in the mountains than ya think! Layers are always a good idea!!
Please be aware…. this hike is located within Shenandoah National Park so you will need a national park pass to access the trailhead.
Hiking Upward Description of our hike:
From the Browns Gap parking area cross Skyline Drive and follow the white blazed Appalachian Trail (AT) south along the ridge for 1.4 miles to the intersection of the blue blazed Jones Run Trail, and Jones Run Trail parking area.
Turn left downhill on the blue blazed Jones Run trail as it makes a switchback, then crossing the top of Jones Run before reaching the top of the first set of falls in 1.6 miles. Continue on the trail for another 0.1 miles where the trail makes another steep switchback and arrives at the base of the main falls. Continue following the trail downstream for 0.5 miles crossing Jones Run, then continuing on the left side of the run for 0.1 miles to the post marking the Doyles River Trail.
Turn left uphill on the blue blazed Doyles River Trail passing several small pools and falls before crossing a footbridge over a feeder stream. Shortly after crossing the footbridge reach the lower, and largest set of falls, then in another 0.2 miles the upper set of falls. From here the trail becomes less steep before arriving at the intersection of the Browns Gap Fire Road.
Turn left crossing Doyles River on the yellow blazed fire road for the remaining 1.7 miles back to Browns Gap.
DISCLAIMER: GetHiking Organizers are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. With your RSVP you agree to participate at your own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to your property and/or any injury to yourself or your guest. When joining GetHiking you affirm that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of/or related to this event against the organizers of this group.
WEATHER: If inclement weather necessitates canceling or postponing the hike, the decision will be made no later than 7:30AM - cancellations will be posted on the hike comments section. Steady rain with not much chance of clearing and/or dangerous conditions will call for postponing the hike.
RSVP: If you find that you are NOT going to be able to attend the hike, please update your RSVP to “No” as soon as possible. This allows those on the waitlist to have the opportunity to attend.
- A/Panorama to Pinnacles via Mary’s Rock 8.8 miles/2000’ gainPanorama Parking, Luray, VA
This hike will be co-led by Jocelyn Prostko and Mary Power. Following our hike, if you’d like, join us for a post-hike gathering at the The Black Twig Diner at 12018 Lee Hwy in Sperryville for a heated shelter, food, drinks and mesmerizing conversation🙂.
This is a gorgeous 8.8 mile AT hike with an approximate 2,000’ foot elevation gain. There are excellent views of the valley along the trail and spectacular views of the Shenandoah and Luray Valleys from Mary’s Rock. We’ll plan to have lunch at Byrd’s Nest 3 Shelter or once we reach the Pinnacles.
Please do not hike if you aren’t feeling well.
DIRECTIONS: Parking is in the Panorama parking area (MM 31.6) on the drive just inside or beyond the Thornton Gap entrance. However, you do not have to enter the park to access the parking area. It can be reached from Rt. 211 West. Travel west on Rt. 211 a few hundred yards past the entrance station (do not turn into the entrance) to a very large parking area on the right. We’ll meet in the uppermost parking lot.
Please do not hike if you aren’t feeling well.
WHAT TO BRING: Backpack, hiking poles recommended, plenty of water, snacks/lunch and a 1st aid kit. Because of the date of this post, it’s too early to see a weather forecast. So please keep your eyes on weather reports and dress and gear-up accordingly. Layering is recommended including wool hats/gloves if necessary.
WEATHER: If inclement weather necessitates canceling or postponing the hike the decision will be made no later than 7:00 a.m. the morning of the hike and posted in the comments section. Steady rain with little chance of clearing and/or dangerous circumstances will call for canceling the hike.
DISCLAIMER: GetHiking organizers are NOT professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking solo. You are SOLEY responsible for your own (and for any guest you bring) safety and well being. With your RSVP you agree to participate at your own risk and are soley responsible for any damage to your property. When joining GetHiking you affirm that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of/or related to this event against the organizers of this group.
RSPV: if you find you are NOT going to be able to attend this hike, please update your RSVP to NO as soon as possible. This allows those on the waitlist to have the opportunity to attend.