• Nicholson Hollow Trail to Corbin Cabin-Moderate-8 miles

    4105 Lewis and Clark Dr

    Starting Point - Old Rag Parking Area on Rt. 600 Ending Point - Old Rag Parking Area on Rt. 600 Hike Distance/Rating/Elevation - 8 miles/Moderate/1000 feet of elevation Hike Highlights - Brokenback Run, Hughes River, Hicholson Hollow Trail, Corbin Cabin, Multiple Stream Crossings Disclaimer #1 - This hike is rated as a moderate hike. Since this hike is rated as a moderate, there will be no vetting of hikers for this hike. You do need to be physically fit to complete this hike. Please make sure to review the What to Bring and the Hike Details down below before signing up for this hike. This hike is going to be capped at 16 hikers. Hike Details - I am changing this hike to a more a moderate hike given the forecast high temperatures for Saturday. This hike was originally a strenuous hike. I have made the decision to change this hike to an out and back moderate hike along the Nicholson Hollow Trail to Corbin Cabin. We are going to be meeting at 8:15 AM at the North Research Park. We are going to carpool to the Old Rag Parking Area on Rt. 600 near Nethers, Virginia. From the Old Rag Parking Area, we are going to road walk to the Nicholson Hollow Trail. We are going to hike the Nicholson Hollow Trail 4 miles to the Corbin Cabin. Along this stretch of trail, we are going to have multiple stream crossings, multiple small waterfalls, and multiple swimming holes that we can cool off in during the hike. We can make as many stops as needed on this hike to cool down or go for a swim. We are going to have lunch at Corbin Cabin, our turn around point for this hike. After lunch we will retrace our steps back to the cars at the Old Rag Parking Area. I am going to ask that you bring water shoes or sandals and a change of clothes if you are going to go for a swim. As is tradition with my hikes, there will be an optional post hike at a local restaurant or brewery. Carpools can be arranged accordingly, for those who wish to partake in the post hike. What to Bring - Broken in hiking boots, water shoes/swimwear (required if you desire to go into one of the swimming holes), trekking poles, $5 for your driver if not driving, moisture wicking clothing, lunch/snacks, camera/phone, 4 to 5 liters of water, first aid kit, good daypack, Annual Shenandoah National Park pass if you have one Disclaimer #2 - 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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  • Wild Edible Plants along the Monticello Trail ( 4 miles )

    The Monticello Trail is a lovely gravel and boardwalk trail ascending through lush woods to the Visitor Center at the summit. There are water fountains and restrooms at the Visitor Center, where we stop for 5-10 minutes. Bring water for late afternoon hikes, when the gate to the Visitor Center is closed (around 6pm.) *Sorry, dogs are only allowed on the rural trails.* Round trip distance to Visitor Center - 5 miles; to entry gate - 4.4 miles. We will hike at a leisurely pace so we can stop and identify some of the many edible wild plants along the way, including wine berries, pawpaws and others. You might want to bring a small bag in case we are lucky enough to still find blackberries and wine berries. In case of inclement weather, check the Hiking Group's MeetUp page for possible cancellation. If not a downpour, plan on the hike going forward. If you are running late or need to cancel last minute, please CALL or TEXT Roland at[masked], so that we don't unnecessarily wait for you. Please don't email or post your cancellation on the MeetUp site, within one hour of hike start time. We will meet at the far end of the Thomas Jefferson Parkway parking lot that is located directly off Rt. 20 south, at Dairy Barn Road (across from Piedmont Community College.) DIRECTIONS: From Charlottesville and I-64, take Rt. 20 south toward Scottsville. After I-64 ramps, pass through the light at College Drive, continuing to the next intersection at Rt. 53. You will see the parking lot on the left, but it is illegal to make a U turn here. There are two options to position yourself northbound on Rt. 20: Option 1) Left onto Hwy. 53 for about 100', then turn around in small upper parking lot on the right, returning back to Hwy. 20 northbound, then right on Dairy Barn Road. Option 2) Stay on Hwy. 20, through the light at Hwy. 53, then right onto Willow Lake Drive. Make a U turn, then left onto Hwy. 20 northbound, and right on Dairy Barn Road. If the lot is full, it is okay to park alongside the lawn on both sides of the driveway entrance & along the east side of Hwy. 20.

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  • Petites Gap to Apple Orchard Falls/Sunset Field-10.8 miles-Strenuous

    Starting Point - Petite's Gap (Blue Ridge Parkway mile marker 71) Ending Point - Sunset Fields overlook (Blue Ridge Parkway mile marker 78.4) Hike Distance/Rating/Elevation - 10.8 miles/Strenuous/2500 feet of elevation Disclaimer #1 - This hike is a point to point hike through the Thunder Ridge Wilderness Area. The Thunder Ridge Wilderness Area is a designated wilderness area. Since this hike is through a designated wilderness area, this hike is going to be capped at ten hikers and no more. Disclaimer #2 - Since this hike is rated as a strenuous hike, all hikers will start the hike on the wait list until I can verify the hiking experience of all hikers. Those hikers, who have not hiked with me before will need to answer the following 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? Answers to these questions need to be answered within one week of the RSVP. Failure to answer these questions within one week will move the hiker from the wait list to NOT GOING. The answers can be emailed to me at [masked] or via Meetup messages. Hike Highlights - Petite's Gap, Thunder Ridge Wilderness, Appalachian Trail, Thunder Ridge Overlook, the Guillotine, Apple Orchard Mountain, FAA Radar Dome, Apple Orchard Falls, Sunset Field Overlook, Apple Orchard Falls Trail, Apple Orchard Falls Hike Details - This is going to be a point to point car shuttle hike in the Thunder Ridge Wilderness Area. This stretch of Appalachian Trail offers a lot in this part of Virginia. We are going to start by forming carpools at the Fontaine Research Park in Charlottesville. We are going to be leaving promptly at 8:00 AM for the Petite's Gap parking area on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Upon our arrival at the Petite's Gap parking area, we are going to form a car shuttle and leave cars at the Sunset Field Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, our end point. We are going to start the hike by hiking the Appalachian Trail southbound. We will have a long and steady climb up to the Thunder Ridge Overlook. From the Thunder Ridge Overlook, we are going to have amazing views of the wilderness area and of the Devil's Marbleyard. After soaking in the amazing views, we are going to continue on the Appalachian Trail through the Guillotine and make the climb up to the summit of Apple Orchard Mountain and FAA Radar Dome. This will probably be our lunch spot. We are going to continue onto the Apple Orchard Falls Trail. We are going to turn right and go down to the base of Apple Orchard Falls. This is going to be a steep descent and a steep ascent back up from the Falls. The last time I visited these falls, it was amazing. We will retrace our steps past the Appalachian Trail and up to the cars parked at the endpoint of this shuttle hike at Sunset Field Overlook. As is tradition with my hikes, there will be an optional post hike at a local restaurant/brewery. We can arrange carpools, for those who wish to partake in the post hike. What to Bring - broken in hiking boots, trekking poles, sunscreen, 3 to 4 liters of water, moisture wicking clothing (NOT COTTON), a good day pack, lunch/snacks, $10 for your driver if not driving, personal first aid kit, insect repellent Disclaimer #3 - 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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  • DOG FRIENDLY HISTORY HIKE - COURT HOUSE TO ROTUNDA (4 EASY MILES)

    Albemarle County Circuit Court

    We meet in front of the Court House, at the benches near the statue of the Confederate soldier. There is usually ample street parking on Jefferson, Park or side streets. Option afterward: dinner or drinks at The Corner or Downtown Mall. If cancelling after 5:00pm, please CALL or TEXT[masked], so that we don't wait for you unnecessarily. Ending time is flexible.

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  • July 4th Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello

    Piedmont Virginia Community College

    Let's go to one of the biggest Naturalization Ceremonies in the country on the 4th of July. You will need to order and print your tickets online. The best part is that this is a free event. I have gone every year for the past three years to see new citizens take the oath of citizenship. You will also have the opportunity to hear Khizr Kahn, Gold Star Father speak. Khizr lost his son to the war in Iraq, and he is a very active community member in the Charlottesville community. The tickets can be "ordered and purchased" at the link below. I am planning on getting my ticket for the 7:45 AM shuttle, and I can meet people at 7:30 AM at PVCC or I can meet people at the shuttle drop off point at Monticello. It is recommended that you arrive about 15 minutes before your shuttle departure time. Hopefully, we will be able to sit in the same area during the ceremony. https://www.monticello.org/exhibits-events/calendar-of-events/details/july-4th-at-monticello/2019-07-04/ If people are interested, we can go and get a bite to eat after the naturalization ceremony. Please answer what shuttle you will be taking to Monticello.

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  • Hike The Monticello Trail (r/trip 5 mi Visitor Center; 4 mi entry gate)

    The Monticello Trail is a lovely gravel and boardwalk trail ascending through lush woods to the Visitor Center at the summit. There are water fountains and restrooms at the Visitor Center, where we stop for 5-10 minutes. Bring water for late afternoon hikes, when the gate to the Visitor Center is closed (around 6pm.) *Sorry, dogs are only allowed on the rural trails.* Round trip distance to Visitor Center - 5 miles; to entry gate - 4.4 miles. We hike at a good pace, but it is okay for you to walk at your own pace. Feel free to bring a friend. In case of inclement weather, check the Hiking Group's MeetUp page for possible cancellation. If not a downpour, plan on the hike going forward. If you are running late or need to cancel last minute, please CALL or TEXT Linda at[masked], so that we don't unnecessarily wait for you. Please don't email or post your cancellation on the MeetUp site, within one hour of hike start time. We will meet at the far end of the Thomas Jefferson Parkway parking lot that is located directly off Rt. 20 south, at Dairy Barn Road (across from Piedmont Community College.) DIRECTIONS: From Charlottesville and I-64, take Rt. 20 south toward Scottsville. After I-64 ramps, pass through the light at College Drive, continuing to the next intersection at Rt. 53. You will see the parking lot on the left, but it is illegal to make a U turn here. There are two options to position yourself northbound on Rt. 20: Option 1) Left onto Hwy. 53 for about 100', then turn around in small upper parking lot on the right, returning back to Hwy. 20 northbound, then right on Dairy Barn Road. Option 2) Stay on Hwy. 20, through the light at Hwy. 53, then right onto Willow Lake Drive. Make a U turn, then left onto Hwy. 20 northbound, and right on Dairy Barn Road. If the lot is full, it is okay to park alongside the lawn on both sides of the driveway entrance & along the east side of Hwy. 20.

  • Hike/swim moderate 6-8 mile retrace Lake Sherando

    Blue Ridge Drive

    Moderate hike down to Sherando Lake and around. 6 to 8 miles. From MP 18.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we will hike down White Rocks trail to Sherando Campground (2.5 wooded miles mostly along a stream). .5 mile walk to Sherando Lake. Swimming and/or 1 mile walk Around the lake or 2 mile steep hike up to a rock viewpoint. Meet back at the lake picnic area at 12:30 for picnic lunch. More time to cool off In the lake or just veg. Leave at 1:30 to walk/climb the 3 miles back to the cars on BRP. Arrive at cars at 3:00. Bring bathing suit. Hot showers are available. Sent from my iPhone

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  • Bike Ride - High Bridge Trail - 10 Miles Post Bike Ride Food/Drink Stop

    Lets get in a bike ride on the High Bridge Trail. This is a beautiful, meandering rail trail bike path that is located in High Bridge Trail State Park in Farmville, VA. The entire trail is 31-Miles in length. On our bike journey, we will traverse a 5-mile section. We will start from the vicinity of Downtown Farmville, VA and bike 5 miles to the iconic High Bridge - which towers 125 feet above the Appomattox River and its flood plain. The length of the bridge is nearly a half-mile and has stood the test of time dating back to the Civil War. From the High Bridge we will stop for a break and allow all participants to take in the spectacular scenery. We will then retrace our way back to our starting point. And at the conclusion of our bike ride - for those that are interested - we can go to Macado's in the vicinity of downtown Farmville for a bite to eat and drink. And if time allows - and for those that might be interested - we can stop by Green Front Furniture and browse through there warehouse of Persian, Moroccan, and Turkish rugs. For general information about the High Bridge Trail, you can reference this website: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/high-bridge-trail What To Bring: >In order to participate, you must bring/provide your own bike. >bike helmet >a small backpack to transport snacks, sunscreen, and any other essential items you would like to have with you for the bike ride >funds to pay for any personal food and/or drinks you want to acquire Driving Distance From Charlottesville: anticipate a 1.5-hour drive from Charlottesville to downtown Farmville Carpool Fee: if you ride with someone else, please pay your driver at least $5.00 as a carpool fee Other Footnote: If you elect to be a driver and are open to having others ride with you, please indicate in the "Comment Section" how many bikes and passengers you are able to transport. This should be a really fun and active way to spend your Saturday. Hope you are able to participate.

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  • Riprap Hollow Circuit Hike-9.5 miles-Strenuous

    Fontaine Research Park

    Starting Point - Riprap Parking Area (Mile Marker 90 on Skyline Drive) Ending Point - Riprap Parking Area (Mile Marker 90 on Skyline Drive) Hike Distance/Rating/Elevation - 9.5 miles/Strenuous/2200 feet Hike Highlights - Appalachian Trail, Riprap Trail, Chimney Rock, Multiple rock outcroppings and vistas, spring fed swimming hole, multiple stream crossings, Wildcat Ridge Trail Disclaimer #1 - This hike is rated as a strenuous hike. Since this hike is rated as a strenuous hike, all hikers will start the hike on the wait list until I can verify the hiking experience of all hikers. Those hikers, who have not hiked with me before will need to answer the following 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? Answers to these questions will need to be emailed to me at [masked] or via Meetup messages. New hikers will have one week of their RSVP to answer the vetting questions above. Failure to answer the questions within one week will move those hikers to NOT GOING. Hike Details - After an extended closure of Skyline Drive in the South District, it is time to get back into the South District and do some hiking in the South District. The Riprap Hollow Circuit is one of the more popular and challenging hikes in the South District. We are going to start by meeting at the Fontaine Research Park shortly before 8:15 AM to form carpools. We are going to drive into Shenandoah National Park via Rockfish Gap and Skyline Drive. We are going to drive to the Riprap Parking Area located at mile marker 90 on Skyline Drive. From the parking area, we are going to start the hike by walking up to the Appalachian Trail. We are going to turn right and hike a short steep climb up to the junction with the Riprap Trail. We are going to turn left on the Riprap Trail. Along the Riprap Trail, we will have expansive views of the Shenandoah Valley, rock outcroppings including Chimney Rock. As we continue on the Riprap Trail, we will descend into a gorge that includes a small waterfall, a stream crossing, and a small swimming hole. We will continue on the Riprap Trail to the intersection with the Wildcat Ridge Trail. We are going to turn left onto the Wildcat Ridge Trail and begin the steep ascent back up to the ridge line and the Appalachian Trail. Upon reaching the Appalachian Trail, we are going to turn left onto Appalachian Trail. We are going to hike the Appalachian Trail northbound back to our cars and complete the hike. As is tradition with my hikes, there will be an optional post hike at a local restaurant or brewery. The carpools can be arranged accordingly for those, who wish to partake in the post hike. What to Bring - Broken in hiking boots, trekking poles, water shoes and swimwear (if going for a swim in the swimming hole), lunch/snacks, 3 to 4 liters of water, sunscreen, camera/phone, $5 for your driver, permetherin, first aid kit, moisture wicking clothing (COTTON IS NOT RECOMMENDED), SNP annual pass Disclaimer #2 - 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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