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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 much of the fees it collects to local parks and trail maintenance organizations (nearly $9,000 over the last three years).

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 [ https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy ] for details.

Bevorstehende Events (5+)

Sky Meadows State Park / Old AT (Rating: B)

Centreville Park & Ride Lot

This hike is an 8-mile circuit hike in Sky Meadow State Park with 1400 ft. of elevation. The pace will be 2-2.5 miles per hour. We will start at the visitor center and head up South Ridge Trail to the North Ridge Trail, take the North Ridge Trail to the AT, cross over to the Old AT, turn onto the Ambassador Whitehouse Trail, and onto the Piedmont Overlook Trail and then on to the visitor center. We’ll plan to take a snack break at the Paris Overlook. Fees: • Carpool fee is $3.00. • $7 to get into the park on weekdays. $10 on weekends April – October (free for pass holders). Thanks to a partnership between Virginia State Parks and REI, REI shoppers and Co-Op members receive special discounts to Virginia State Parks. Make any purchase from REI and use the bottom of your receipt (a coupon) for free parking in any Virginia State Park. Provide your receipt to the contact station ranger or insert it in a self-pay envelope. The coupons don’t expire and the program is open-ended. Dogs are permitted on this hike in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy. https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy Please plan to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride a few minutes before 8:30 AM to sign in and organize carpools so we can leave at 8:30 AM. Hikers can also meet at the visitor’s center at the Sky Meadows State Park. Leader: Jim Hollis [masked]

Hawksbill (Rating: B)

Centreville Park & Ride Lot

NEED TO KNOW: Eight-and-a half-mile hike with about 1,200 feet of elevation gain. We will hike at a rate of approximately 2.3 miles/hour. Please note - As we approach Hawksbill lookout, there is a very steep mile-long incline. A sweep will be there for those who need to hike uphill slower than the norm. Expect high grass at times and rocky areas. Please bring plenty of water, snacks, and lunch. Poles and hiking boots are recommended. It is about 82 miles to Skyland and the drive takes at least an hour and 45 minutes. ALSO IMPORTANT: We will meet at the Centerville Park and Ride by 7:30 a.m. to arrange carpools, sign in, and leave by 7:40. Those meeting us at the trailhead, please be there by 9:35 and let one of the leaders know of your plan. DIRECTIONS: From the Park and Ride, we will drive to the Central District of the Shenandoah National Park, Thorthon Gap Pannorama Entrance. Take Route 66 West to Exit 43A, US-29 South. After 10-1/2 miles, turn right to US-15 BUS/US-29 BUS/US-211 W. In 2 miles, right turn to US-211. Then 34 miles to right turn into the Skyline Dr/Thorton Gap Entrance to Shenandoah National Park. Drive about ten miles SOUTH, to Skyland Resort, mile post 41/42. Park here; restrooms in basement of the dining room building. WHERE TO MEET AT TRAILHEAD: We will meet in front of the Skyland Resport dining room building (Cafe and gift shop are also here) at 9:35, planning to be on the trail by 9:45 at the latest. DOG POLICY: No dogs on this hike, excepting guide dogs of course. DETAILS: Out-and-back hike. We will hike along a road for a short distance and be on the Appalachian Trail a bit. The view at our overlook destination, Hawksbill, is wonderful. We will have lunch there. Hoping the fall foliage is at peek. COSTS: Carpool fee: $7.00 Park Entrance fee: $30.00 to be divided by folks in the car Senior Pass or other National Park Pass covers this. So, there's a benefit to having friends who are Senior Citizens. :) Looking forward! Dotty Smith[masked] Marty Rine[masked]

Lost River State Park West Virginia (Rating: A)

Centreville Park & Ride Lot

Come explore this 10.5-mile hike with 2,150 elevation gain in Lost River State Park, WV (http://www.lostriversp.com). We will hike on the Cranny Crow/Big Ridge trails with a spectacular view from Miller's Rock. There are many views and the leaves may be getting their colors sooner in this part of our area. The park and Trail Head are about 2 hours from the Centreville Commuter Lot but the drive is well rewarded. Starting at the Service Road Entrance we will ascend via White Oak TR and Virginia View TR to the junction with Millers Rock TR. Once on Millers Rock TR we will hike to the viewpoint for lunch. After lunch we'll retrace our steps and descend via Big Ridge TR back to the cars. This hike is only suitable for those who have recently completed a hike of similar length and elevation gain. The hike pace will be 2.5 + (moderate to fast). We will meetup at Centreville Park and Ride to form carpools and then drive to the trail-head. We will leave promptly at 7:00AM so please arrive by 6:45AM If you are meeting us at trailhead: park by the bridge with chain gate at the entrance to the service road. do not block the service road. Coordinates[masked], [masked] You need to be there by 9:00 AM) Dogs permitted in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy: https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy Leader: Pietro P. Magri Rating (http://www.meetup.com/NVHC-Hiking/pages/NVHC_Hike_Rating_System_Explained/) Hike Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WJ_kaM-fVF9VWsc2TJ9dShXCo72dw40q Meet: Centreville Park & Ride @ 7:00am Carpool Fee: $8.00 Park Entry Fee: $0 Driving time to trail head: 2 hours

Hazel Country and White Rocks Cave (Rating: A+)

Centreville Park and Ride

This 15-mile circuit hike will ascend Hazel Mountain twice in a loop that will start on Broad Hollow Trail, follow the Hazel River and then ascend to White Rocks Cave. The return will be over Catlett Mountain and down the Pine Hill Gap Trail. The entire hike will be in the forests with the changing hues of autumn with several panoramic views. Overall elevation gain 3,500 feet. Pace 2.0 to 2.5 miles per hour. This hike is for experienced hikers who have demonstrated their abilities at this distance and elevation. Carpool fee $6. No entry fee. Dog policy is at https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy .

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Leesylvania State Park (Rating: C)

Leesylvania State Park

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