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The Northern Virginia Hiking Club (NVHC) offers a range of hikes of various difficulty levels in Virginia, Maryland, DC, and beyond. The club also offers other outdoor events occasionally. NVHC members reflect the rich diversity of the Washington DC Metro area. Annual membership fee is $5. Guests are welcome and enjoy a month’s free participation in the club events. NVHC is a nonprofit organization and donates funds to local parks and trail maintenance organizations from time to time. The selection of the parks and organizations is based on club usage - it is our way of giving back. Monies vary each time - $7,200 were donated in 2023.
Members are required to accept the liability disclaimer by typing “Accept” in the fields presented when they join the club.
NVHC hikes are assigned difficulty ratings. A combination of linear distance and elevation gain is used to determine the rating, with 400 feet of elevation gain considered to be equivalent of 1 mile of linear distance. With the “miles” derived from elevation gain added to the linear distance, following are the ratings:
A+= Very Difficult (19 miles or more)
A = Difficult (13 miles or more, but less than 19 miles) 
B = Moderately Difficult (10 miles or more, but less than 13 miles) 
C = Moderate (7 miles or more, but less than 10 miles) 
D = Easy (Less than 7 miles) 
For example, a nine-mile hike with 1,000 feet of climbing would be rated B (9 + 2.5 = 11.5).
Elevation loss is not measured in this system. Also, the difficulty rating is separate from the pace of the hike, which is determined by the leader, and is usually specified in the individual hike descriptions.
Often there are limits on the number of participants on NVHC events, set by our leaders. This creates wait lists on Meetup. If you find yourself in this situation, we request that you keep in mind the interest of the leaders and your fellow hikers, and follow the guidelines below:
- If you RSVP’d “yes” for a hike, change your RSVP to “no” as soon as you decide not to go, so that someone else can go.
- If you RSVP’d “yes” to overlapping events on the same day, decide on one as soon as possible, and change your RSVP to “no” for all others.
- If you are on a wait list and decide not to go, remove yourself from the list.
Dogs are welcome on NVHC hikes at the discretion of the hike leader. Several restrictions apply including advance notification to the leader, dogs being well behaved, and their being kept on a six foot leash. See dog policy located at [] for details.

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  • CAMPING/HIKING-NP-New River Gorge, WV
    Canyon Rim Visitor Center, Lansing, WV
    • Photo of Kelly A.
    • Photo of Michele
    • Photo of Michaela
    • Photo of Koumudi
    • Photo of Marilyn
  • Balls Bluff Battlefield Regional Park (Rating: D)
    Balls bluff trail head parking, Leesburg, VA
    • Photo of Amina
    • Photo of Judy
    • Photo of Sunny
    • Photo of Tom Underwood
    • Photo of Donna W
  • Volunteer Work Day - Sweet Run State Park (Rating: Fun)
    Dulles Town Center Park & Ride Lot, Virginia, VA
    • Photo of Ed Brimberg
    • Photo of Jim Hollis
    • Photo of Joe
    • Photo of Barbara Eppler
    • Photo of Chris Bosch
  • Algonkian Park Nature Sanctuary and Horsepen Run Preserve (Rating: C)
    Volcano Island Waterpark, Sterling, VA
    • Photo of Steve F
    • Photo of Susan
    • Photo of Dave F
    • Photo of Joanne
    • Photo of Nancy K