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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.

Предстоящие мероприятия (5+)

Dickey Ridge, to Visitors Center and Return (Rating: B)

Centreville Park & Ride Lot

BASICS: This is an 8-mile out-and-back hike from outside Shenandoah National Park to the Dickey Ridge Visitors Center with approximately 1,200 feet of elevation gain. We are hiking from just outside the entrance to Shenandoah National Park, into the park, to the Visitor Center, and then back out. We are NOT meeting at the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center. Our pace will vary from 2.0 to 2.5 when moving. LOGISTICS: The meetup for carpooling is at the Centreville Park and Ride. Please arrive by 7:50, or a couple minutes earlier, to sign-in and form carpools. We plan to leave promptly at 8:00 a.m.. Those meeting us at the trailhead, please arrive at the trailhead by 9:00 a.m. and please let us know of your plans. There are no restrooms where we start hiking, so might want to stop some place in Front Royal. Restrooms at Visitor Center. Parking at the trailhead is on the side of the road before the Shenandoah National Park Front Royal Entrance Station. If you have gone to the park entrance, you have gone too far. The map coordinates for the parking are[masked],[masked]. FINANCES: $4 paid to the driver. Please give the money to the driver without being asked. There is no park entrance fee, because we’ll be parking outside the park. DOG POLICY: No dogs allowed on this hike Dotty Smith[masked] Marty Rine[masked]

Buck Ridge-Mary's Rock-Buck Hollow (Rating: A)

13675 University Blvd

This is a strenuous hike of 9 miles and 2,600 ft elevation gain. First we'll get the heart pumping by immediately climbing up the 700 steps of Buck Ridge. From there we take the Fire Road to Skyline Drive, cross the road to ascend Meadow Springs trail to the AT. Head north on the AT until we hit Mary’s Rock, where we’ll stop to take in the view and catch a bite to eat. We’ll retrace our steps and eventually descend via the gorgeous, stream-side Buck Hollow trail. Need-to-know info: Distance: 10 miles Elevation gain: 2,600 ft. Pace: 2.5 mph. (Moderate) Terrain: Steep with lotsa steps. Rocky in areas. Several stream crossings. Carpool fee: $5 Park Entry fee: $0 Route Map https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/BuckHollowMarysRock/images/Map.pdf Dogs: Need approval of the hike leader. *PLEASE CALL ME, DO NOT MESSAGE ME.* Carpool Location: Gainesville Park and Ride 13675 University Blvd, Gainesville, VA[masked], [masked] Carpoolers please arrive at 7:15 to sign in and form into carpools. Are you able to drive? If so, please let me know when you arrive and start gathering riders. Directions from the Gainesville Park and Ride to the trailhead: https://goo.gl/maps/HxThFAMiX92ELxiMA Traihead coordinates:[masked], [masked] Trailhead meetup time 8:30. Hope to start the hike by 8:45. Bring: Layers appropriate for the temperature, adequate food and hydration, rain gear (depending), sunglasses, basic first aid kit, hiking poles if you use them, route map, and your big beautiful smile 😊. I’m limiting this hike to no more than 20 hikers, but will increase the number if another leader signs up. Very much looking forward to this beautiful hike! Any questions? Call me! Or, text after 7:00 p.m. Karen (703)[masked]

Lands Run Falls - Hickerson Hollow (Rating: B)

Haymarket - Heathcote Blvd Park & Ride

This is a 9 mile hike with 1600' elevation gain in the northern section of Shenandoah National Park. We will begin at the 4H Center near Front Royal then pick up the Appalachian Trail to the Dickey Ridge Trail. We will then descend Lands Run to see the falls. From there we will return via the Hickerson Hollow Trail. We hike at a pace of[masked] mph when moving. Dogs are permitted on this hike in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy. https://tinyurl.com/nvhcdogpolicy Leader: Ed Brimberg[masked](C) Meet: Centreville Commuter Lot 7:30am Carpool Fee:$5 Park Entry Fee: $0 Rating: B Map for hike: https://drive.google.com/open?id=11riwz6TuygBXkW-SGJI7XOPZEuwB5JBr Driving Time to trailhead: 45 minutes ****You must be experienced in hikes of this distance and elevation gain.****

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens & Trails/Streets (Rating: D)

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

This is a ~6 mile hike with 300' of elevation gain. We will take various streets through subdivisions and trails including W&OD Bike Trail and the Fairfax Cross County trail. About half way through we will stop along the trail for a snack or lunch. We will end near the visitor center and walk some trails in the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Since there is an entry fee into the gardens this last loop will be optional. (https://www.novaparks.com/parks/meadowlark-botanical-gardens) (entry fee required see below). I hike at 2.5 to 3 miles per hour. Please plan to arrive by 9:45 to sign in. We start promptly at 10 am. No dogs permitted on this hike. Leader: Carla Dawson Rating: D GPS coordinates:[masked], [masked] Carpool Fee: $0.00 Under 55 - $6.00 55 or older: $3.00 Map for hike: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1YnThwxtF-hdVY0VTNIVkRZR1E Map of the gardens: https://www.novaparks.com/sites/default/files/maps/MeadowlarkMap.pdf

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Algonkian Regional Park – Loudoun County (Rating: D)

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