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- Reconnecting People with the Natural World - for the Health of It -

Founded in 2007 by cybersecurity executive, Kellie Carlisle, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) aka Outdoors for Health was inspired by a passion for promoting and providing low-cost opportunities for people to get up and outside to connect with the natural world and enjoy the health benefits it provides. Today, the organization has grown to become a very active 23,000+ member strong 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html)dedicated to serving our mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html) of providing education, awareness, and opportunities for people to experience the variety of health benefits provided by connecting with the outdoors, “just for the health of it!” Our organization has hosted over ~7000 events ranging from 2-mile newbie sneaker social hikes all the way up to 50+ mile one day fully supported hikes, educational/awareness offerings, paddle trips, and more. So no matter your preference, we should have something for you. We are a diverse organization filled with members who enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including - but not limited to hiking and educational opportunities related to the natural world. MAHG also promotes the importance of being good outdoor stewards through environmental awareness activities.

We enjoy exploring an incredible variety of locations throughout Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) appreciates Mother Nature’s diversity and the diversity of people. ALL are welcome and encouraged to join. Whether you are a newbie or a very seasoned outdoor enthusiast, we are sure to have an event for you on our very active and varied calendar.

Our focus is on safety, camaraderie, and having a ton of fun while connecting with the natural world. So a sense of humor is a must with us!

*** WARNING! — Our Calendar (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/calendar/) is VERY Active ALL Four Seasons and Can be Beneficial to Your Health ***

Today’s fast-paced and technologically dominated society can take a toll on a person’s psychological, physical, and emotional well-being. Many people are trapped within an indoor and plugged-in lifestyle that can be overwhelming and very stressful. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group promotes reconnecting people with nature by providing plentiful and varied opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors.

Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s activities are a healthy and fun way to relieve stress and “unplug” while enjoying the variety of what Mother Nature has to offer throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Decrease stress - get fitter - get healthier, and get nature empowered, all while knowing you are supporting an important cause with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group.

Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/)for information about our current charitable initiatives and programs/studies serving our mission.

• Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group offers many opportunities to give back by helping with maintaining trails throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and hosting in addition to participating in other environmental stewardship and community building events and workshops. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group offers educational classes and certifications in Leave No Trace outdoor ethics and our own highly regarded Outdoor Leadership Certification program. Additionally, MAHG has an active outreach program to help with educating others regarding the many health benefits of hiking and the importance of taking care of our trails and our overall environment.

• Youth Education and Re-Connecting with the Natural World - We are currently preparing to expand our program that benefits under-represented and inner-city youth by combining connection with nature and education. Our solutions-based approach begins with a full immersion experience of hiking and other fun, unplugged and screen-less outdoor activities. We combine the activities while educating tomorrow's workers regarding the abundant employment opportunities the natural world offers in the booming field of green collar jobs. "For references and more, please visit our main website (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group provides opportunities for increased confidence, self-esteem, and hope for a better tomorrow. Today's youth will be the earth's stewards of tomorrow, so it is imperative that they become familiar with the world outside of their screens."

Why Hike with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group? — As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html), when you hike with MAHG, you are also helping us with serving our mission to benefit the health of others! Every step you take with MAHG is also a step for recipients of our initiatives and programs. We bring people together to have fun and make friends while enjoying the many health benefits of the great outdoors in a safe and welcoming environment. Hiking not only connects people with the natural world, but it also fosters an appreciation and respect for the environment and overall sense of community. Whether you are looking to lose weight, have never hiked a mile in your life, or are looking to rise to the challenge of hiking 30+ or miles in one day, we have a hike for you, all seasons. Remember, we were all newbies once, and we enjoy introducing others to hiking and other outdoor pursuits - in fact, it is a core part of our mission to reconnect people with the natural world.

Who Can Hike with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group? — Simply put, you! Whether you are young, old, working, single, in a committed relationship, retired, laid off, shy, talkative, energetic, geeky, lazy, recovering from an injury, social, or a competitive hiker, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is for you. We do more than just embracing our diversity — we thrive on it!

When We Hike? — We do it in the morning, afternoon, after work, evening, darkest of night, every weekend day, and all year ‘round and average 10 times a week. Get your mind out of the gutter ‘cause we are talking about hiking, stewardship, and outdoor education here. Seasonally, we offer weekday day hikes in addition to our variety of after work hikes.

Where We Hike? — We hike throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond! We visit Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest, and the Appalachian Trail almost every weekend. We strive to offer at least one easy, moderate, and strenuous hike within 60 miles of Baltimore, DC, and Northern Virginia each weekend day. MAHG hosts cookouts, white water floats, hike out/paddle backs, cave trips, natural water slides hikes, hikes to view frozen waterfalls, Appalachian Trail section hikes, camping trips, volunteer offerings, and last but certainly not least, our very popular Monuments in the Moonlight hikes.

How We Hike — Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a mission-driven (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html) nonprofit charitable organization. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to learn about our mission, programs and initiatives, and our accomplishments! We are committed to connecting people with the natural world, community building, giving back/stewardship, and providing educational opportunities. MAHG is a well-established and highly regarding organization well known for its excellent camaraderie — all with safety in mind while emphasizing having fun out on the trails! We limit our hikes to small groups for the comfort and consideration of others and to better enjoy and respect the environment.

We have many partnerships. A sample of a few and how we work with them - as a partner with Leave No Trace (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9596032/Leave_No_Trace_Hiking/) (LNT), we practice, encourage, and educate others about the importance of practicing proper outdoor ethics and teach LNT certification courses several times every year. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is also proud to be a Gold level Alliance Member of the American Hiking Society (http://www.americanhiking.org/). MAHG participates in the "Adopt and Acre" program by adopting land in the Appalachian Mountains to support The Nature Conservancy (http://www.nature.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group provides volunteer and trail maintenance opportunities and other community-building events throughout the entire Mid-Atlantic Region. Contact our office at 410.480.5000 or see our main website (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org) for more information regarding our cause and our accomplishments, initiatives, partnerships, and programs.

Our leadership team consists of qualified, dedicated, and very appreciated volunteers who are some of the best in the region!

We hope to see you on the trail soon for great times while enjoying all the health benefits of connecting with the natural world - remember to bring your sense of humor (a must with us) and be prepared to have a ton of fun!

Kellie Carlisle - Founder, MAHGs Board of Directors, and the MAHG Volunteer Leadership Team

Upcoming events (5)

New Hike! Trough Creek Canyon and Ice Mine! An Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 11 Miles

Trough Creek State Park: Trough Creek Canyon with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy Side of Strenuous 11 Miles

$5.00

New Hike! Trough Creek State Park: Trough Creek Canyon — Featuring Balanced Rock, Gorge, Rainbow Falls, and Ice Mine! An Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 11 Miles With rhododendron thickets, rocky cliffs, and babbling brooks, this gem of a park has a sample of the very best that Pennsylvania has to offer. Hikers on this trek will be treated to the mammoth boulder (known as ‘Balanced Rock’) balanced on the edge of Trough Creek Gorge, Copperas Rock (stained a coppery-yellow color), an ice mine that produces ice well into the summer, and Rainbow Falls. The park protects a scenic gorge formed as Great Trough Creek cuts through the Mountain. This circuit hike allows you to see some of the Park’s many highlights, including a scenic waterfall, an erosion remnant, and an ice mine! What, exactly, is an ice min, you ask? Read on! The trials here are at times steep, rocky, and follow along cliffs or pass through narrow ravines. Use caution, especially during wet or icy weather. The rosebay rhododendron that lines one of the trails and much of the park bloom in early July (while we were hiking through the Rhododendron “Tunnels”). Next, we head to cross over Abbot Run over the Rainbow Falls Bridge. Rainbow Falls is below the bridge and makes a nice scenic stop and — hint hint …a great option for the perfect lunch out on the trail! Onward on a trail that takes us to Balanced Rock, a large boulder left precariously perched on the edge of a cliff. Yes, I did say cliff! Balanced Rock is an “erosion remnant” and has been on top of the cliff for thousands of years. Once part of a cliff with layers of hard and soft rocks, the softer rocks below Balanced Rock eroded away, easing Balanced Rock into its current position and leaving it strange. Next, we hike through spectacular forest scenery along Trough Creek Gorge and then over a footbridge to the other side of Great Trough Creek. After we cross the creek, we head to the Ice Mine, which is essentially a hole in the ground where cold air gathers and ice forms, even during warmer parts of the year! A bit beyond the halfway point of our hike we head such and enjoy scenic hiking, crossing Laurel Run numerous times by way of eight rustic bridges. This is certainly a spectacular hike for anyone up for hiking at this level and enjoys hikes where they can have a wide variety of experiences, rare and interesting sights, and excellent biodiversity — all packed into an 11-mile day hike. A day hike that also happens to be less of a drive than SNP and GWNF for about 86% of our membership. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Gibson Island Length: 11 total miles Elevation Gain: 1500 Ft. Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: Easy Side of Strenuous to Full Strenuous Season: Year-round Trailhead Elevation: 1000 feet Top Elevation: ???? feet Local Contacts: Trough Creek State Park Park Fee There is no park fee for this hike. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Gear_Information_and_What_to_Bring/) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails. Weather Information We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:21056.1.99999) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette. Carpool Suggestions and Information Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and locations are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the Comments section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and/or offerings. If you can drive or want to carpool from somewhere, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions%3A_Trough_Creek/) to Where We Meet for this Hike Hike Meetup Time is at 10:00 a.m. MAHG is a charitable organization that values fellowship, camaraderie and practicing good hike etiquette (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Hiking_and_Trail_Etiquette/?name=Hiking_and_Trail_Etiquette) and Leave No Trace (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Leave_No_Trace_Hiking/?name=Leave_No_Trace_Hiking&https=off) principles. As a member-focused and mission-driven charity, our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as hike leaders for MAHG's leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper”, to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. Our volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, and always focus on safety, all while enjoying excellent camaraderie, the many health benefits of hiking, and unplugging from the stress of day to day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of our core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. No pets on this hike, please! Let’s have good times out on the trails and see you there! Mike: Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a mission-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity. Donations to MAHG are tax deductible. Click Here to Chip-In (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/) and help support our important mission.

Easter Hike: Waterfalls & Rivers at Scotts Run Preserve! A Moderate 4-Mile Hike

Scotts Run Nature Preserve and Waterfall with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 4 Mile Hike

$5.00

Easter Hike to See Waterfalls & Rivers at Scotts Run Preserve! A Moderate 4-Mile Hike "This hike features river views, a waterfall, wildflowers, amphibian breeding areas in spring, and some fascinating ruins as well. It includes Palisades along the Potomac and the rocky lower end of Scotts Run." Visitors have flocked to Scotts Run for years to witness the spring wildflowers that grow there. Sources say that trailing arbutus, Virginia bluebells, and trillium blooming on the steep hillsides create a small oasis of rare and fragile plants. Remarkable and rare species grow along the precipitous cliffs, in steep valleys and throughout the mature hardwood forest of huge oak and beech trees, ancient hemlock and wild cherry trees that stand as tall as the oaks. Scotts Run Nature Preserve consists of a rather hilly, wildflower-riddled tract of riverside woodlands scarcely four crow-miles northwest of Washington. For songbirds and other wildlife, it’s an actual sanctuary. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: McLean (Very near DC but you would never know it! In the vicinity of Great Falls) Scenery: Rolling woodlands, river views, and seasonal wildflowers Exposure: Mostly shady with a couple of open areas where it is somewhat sandy near the river. Trail Surface: Mostly dirt or gravel; rocky, rooty near the river. There are some boulders too. Length: 4 total miles Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet but in undulating hills Trail Type: Our hike plan is a modified loop Skill Level: Moderate Season: Year-round Local Maps: USGS Falls Church, PATC Map D Facilities: None Park Entry Fee There is no park entrance fee. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails. Weather Information We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/today/McLean+VA+USVA0485?from=enhsearch_didyoumean) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Our RSVP and Group Etiquette Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette. Carpool Suggestions and Information Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings. Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location. If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/scotts-run.html) to Where We Meet for This Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m. The Hike is at 10:00 a.m. Please remember we are a volunteer-supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer-supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and donations ARE tax deductible (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike! Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there! Mike:‬ • Please Click Here Now (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/)and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group with Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html). • Donations (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/33981-sponsor-a-veteran-today) to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. • Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Serving our Mission!!!

Rocks State Park: King/Queen Seat w/ Picnic at Kilgore Falls! Easy-Side-Mod 4 Mi

Rocks State Park: King/Queen Seats with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy-Side-of-Mod 4 Miles & Opt Mod Rock Scramble To Seats

$5.00

Rocks State Park: King and Queen's Seat with Picnic at Kilgore Falls! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 4-Mile Hike The pic above was taken from one of our fall hikes in the park! "We will explore some of the 85 acres of dense forest and massive boulders rising above Deer Creek, culminating in the main attraction: King and Queen’s Seat, 190-foot rock outcroppings once the ancestral meeting place of the Susquehannock and Mingo Indians. Soaring natural rock outcrops provide breathtaking views, as well as a challenge to rock scramble. There are many vertical rock faces on the outcrop, some of which are as high as 94 feet. Note that if you do not scramble up the "seats" this is considered an easy-side-of-moderate hike. Also, you do not need to decide if you want to scramble to the seats until you are there, so you can scope them out first! The first thing you will see on this trek is the infamous yellow sign which reads "Caution, climbers have been seriously injured while trying to free climb." This applies to King and Queen's Seat (pictured at the top of this posting), which we visit at the end of this hike. For now, there is enough to occupy you on the extremely steep and rocky approach to the main loop trail where during the first 900 feet of the trail you will gain 200 feet. After the main hike, we will go and visit Kilgore Falls which is the second largest and tallest falls in the state of Maryland (picture further down in this listing). The movie Tuck Everlasting was filmed in this park and features all of the aforementioned attributes to the area. Trail Information Trail Type: Irregular Loop Nearby City: Street, MD Length: 3.4 total miles plus 1 mile at the falls Trail Surface: Packed dirt and rock Exposure: Shade Skill Level: Easy-Side-of-Moderate if not scrambling up to the seats. However, this trek becomes a more easy-side-of-strenuous endeavor if you do opt to venture up to the seats. All hike leaders offer both options on this hike, so come on out as this is a fantastic hike either way! Season: Year-round Trailhead Elev: 310 feet Top Elev: 610 feet Park Entry Fee There is no park entry fee. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails. Weather Information We hike rain, snow, or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/today/USMD0384) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Our RSVP and Group Etiquette Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette. Carpool Suggestions and Information Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings. Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location. DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Directions_to_Centerville_Park_and_Ride_Carpool/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location. Annapolis Area Carpool Suggestion - Starbucks To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area, people can arrange to meet at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool%3A_Starbucks_at_Harbour_Center_in_Annapolis/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Annapolis area carpool location. If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Directions%3A_Rocks_State_Park%3A_King_and_Queens_Seat) to Where We Meet for This Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m. The Hike is at 10:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:30 a.m. Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 7:30 a.m. Carpool Time from Annapolis Area — 8:30 a.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and donations ARE tax deductible (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike! Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there. Mike: • Please Click Here Now (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/) and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group with Serving our Important Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html). • Donations (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/donate.html) to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group ARE Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission. • Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission.

Allen’s Mountain Area Trails of Shenandoah River State Park! A Moderate 8 Miles

Shenandoah River State Park: Allen’s Mountain with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 8 Mile Hike

$5.00

ShenandoahRiver State Park: Allen's Mountain and Surrounding Trails! A Moderate 8-Mile Hike This park is in Warren County, eight miles south of Front Royal and 15 miles north of Luray and a most beautiful and relaxing drive. Shenandoah River State Park is one of Virginia's newest state parks. The land for this park was purchased with funds from the 1992 General Obligation Bond. It is located just down river from Bentonville and boasts five miles of river frontage and 1,504 acres of rolling pastures, quiet forest, and beautiful vistas. Wildlife you are likely to see during your visit may include raccoon, black bear, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, bobcat, fox, beaver, opossums, and skunks just to name a few. Also, there are many types of insects, birds of prey, snakes, fish, trees and wildflowers. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Front Royal, VA Length: 8 total miles Trail Type: Modified Loop Skill Level: Moderate Elevation Gain: 700 Feet Season: Year-round but best enjoyed during the fall and winter seasons when views are not obstructed. Park Entry Fee $7.00 per car (up to 8 people); $10.00 per car Weekends (April-October) and Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails. Weather Information We hike rain, snow, or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/USVA0059) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Our RSVP and Group Etiquette Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette. Carpool Suggestions and Information Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings. Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location. DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Directions_to_Centerville_Park_and_Ride_Carpool/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location. If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/srsp---massanutten-shelter.html) to Where We Meet for This Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m. The Hike is at 10:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 7:45 a.m. Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 8:45 a.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and donations ARE tax deductible (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike! Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there! 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