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.
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:
- Hiking Upward (as of 2016, we also contribute to Hiking Upward, so look for our hikes there!)
- George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
- Mid-Atlantic Hikes
- Guide to Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive
There is a lot of information on Trails.com, 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.