Author Archives: Andrew Wojtanik

Sharp Top Trail (Jefferson National Forest, VA)

Viewed from the valley below, Sharp Top (3,862’) in central Virginia is an imposing peak, once thought by 19th century Virginians to be the highest point in the state. Although later surveyors found this not to be true (the honors … Continue reading

Posted in Jefferson National Forest, Strenuous Hikes, Virginia | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jonathan Run Trail and Sugar Run Falls (Ohiopyle State Park, PA)

The Youghiogheny River Gorge in southwest Pennsylvania’s Ohiopyle State Park has many echoes of other, arguably grander canyons in the area, such as New River Gorge in southern West Virginia and Cheat River Gorge at Coopers Rock State Forest near … Continue reading

Posted in Moderate Hikes, Pennsylvania | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jumonville Glen Trail (Fort Necessity National Battlefield, PA)

What precisely happened on May 28, 1754 at Jumonville Glen in southwestern Pennsylvania remains unknown to this day. British forces led by a young Lieutenant Colonel George Washington claimed that, when they encountered a French contingent encamped at the base … Continue reading

Posted in Easy Hikes, Pennsylvania | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Raven Rock Trail (Coopers Rock State Forest, WV)

At Coopers Rock State Forest in northern West Virginia, the Cheat River carves a deep, sandstone canyon through thick forest, making the area one of the most popular outdoors destinations in the Morgantown area. While most flock to the overlook … Continue reading

Posted in Moderate Hikes, West Virginia | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Swallow Falls Canyon Trail (Swallow Falls State Park, MD)

The roughly one-mile circuit hike in Maryland’s Swallow Falls State Park would be impressive enough if its only attraction was the last remaining stand of virgin hemlock and white pine trees in the state. But in addition to this exquisite … Continue reading

Posted in Easy Hikes, Maryland | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Humpback Rocks Trail (George Washington National Forest, VA)

Once a prominent landmark for wagon trains travelling along the Howardsville Turnpike in the early 19th century, Humpback Rocks is today an iconic, jagged promontory in Virginia’s George Washington National Forest frequented by hikers. Its proximity to Interstate 64 and … Continue reading

Posted in George Washington National Forest, Strenuous Hikes, Virginia | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crabtree Falls and The Priest (George Washington National Forest, VA)

Dropping more than 1,000 feet into the lush Tye River Valley, Virginia’s Crabtree Falls is often claimed to be the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi. This is a deceptive title, as the falls is actually a series of cascades, … Continue reading

Posted in George Washington National Forest, Moderate Hikes, Strenuous Hikes, Virginia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mount Falcon (Mount Falcon Park, CO)

Mount Falcon, rising to 7,841 feet above sea level, guards the eastern gateway to the Front Range outside Denver, Colorado. A short drive from the city, Mount Falcon Park is a popular destination for local residents, attractive hikers, mountain bikers, … Continue reading

Posted in Colorado, Jefferson County Parks, Moderate Hikes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Interpretive Trail (Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – 1861 was a rough year on the battlefield for Union forces in the Eastern Theater. After the Civil War commenced at Fort Sumter in April, the young Federal Army suffered a significant setback at the … Continue reading

Posted in Civil War, Easy Hikes, Virginia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Millers Head Trail (Shenandoah National Park, VA)

The short but steep hike to Millers Head in Shenandoah National Park’s Skyland area, while otherwise unspectacular, has one terrific payoff: excellent views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley, a particular treat around sunset. The out-and-back trail follows … Continue reading

Posted in Moderate Hikes, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment