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Where We Get Hiking Ideas

May 9, 2009

We get hiking ideas from many different places. When we’re visiting Shenandoah National Park, we use our Falcon Guide more than any other publication. We also really like the National Geographic Trails Illustrated Maps. So far, we’ve found them to be very comprehensive and accurate. The Shenandoah National Park map (#228) is a great supplement to the Falcon Guide because it shows how all the park’s trails interconnect. It also clearly marks lots of park features that are under-the-radar, too. We’ve bushwhacked to some interesting places using the map.

Some of Our Favorite Books and Maps

Some of Our Favorite Books and Maps

For hikes in George Washington National Forest, we use mostly use online resources and a couple more of the National Geographic maps. (maps #791 and #792 – which cover Great North Mountain, Massanutten and Shenandoah Mountain)

The web resources we use most frequently are:

There is a lot of information on, but their site is a fee service – and we think it’s unnecessary to pay for access to trail information online.

The other way we get ideas for hikes is word of mouth.  We chat with other hikers all the time, and are constantly getting new hike ideas.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2009 4:29 pm


    just wanted to say that I just started reading your blog and it has given me lots of ideas for new hikes. Spectacular pictures also! I live in Blacksburg, VA and have hiked quite a bit around there.

    Also, the provided link is my attempt to a free hiking trail database that anyone can contribute to. I hope you lke it!




  2. Randy permalink
    May 13, 2009 11:29 am

    Hey guys!

    Your new blog is fantastic! It is very well-written and not a dry, static report. Rocky really appreciates Wookies input as well!

    I’ve added this site to my Favorites and will by all means utilize your reports when I hike in VA.

    Hope to meet you two up at Canaan sometime this year . . .



    • May 13, 2009 1:36 pm

      Hey Randy,

      We’re headed up to Black Bear at the end of May. Let me know if you’ll be around at all during that time.



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