There are a HUGE number of areas to hike and backpack within a 6-hour drive of
Washington, D.C. The following list is expanding as time allows, so
feel free to check it out on occasion for new entries. It takes a little time to get all
the information pulled together, so the list is going to be short for now, but will
What's so good about our listing?? Well, you'll find information on this page that's just not available anywhere else - including some areas close to the city that are often overlooked or bypassed by the general public. These write-ups have been created specifically for the PATC pages. The authors of each write-up have personally visited each location many times, thereby providing you, the hiker, with an "insider's view". We've been there, seen it, hiked it, and experienced it. Free maps are typically available at the bottom of each descriptive Web page, and pictures can be found with most of the descriptions.
NOTE: These descriptions are not intended to be a replacment for detailed information contained in guidebooks for each respective area. Hikers are strongly encouraged to purchase maps and guidebooks well before they leave on their trip, and study them closely. In many cases, guidebooks are listed on each descriptive page. In some cases, guidebooks and maps can be ordered directly from PATC.
Before you go, check out these National Weather Service forecasts (by zone) for:
Hikers and backpackers in our region should read this short write-up on heat stress before they head into the woods in the summer.
Getting ready for Fall? Check out these resources for catching the changing of the leaves in the Blue Ridge, and some worthwhile safety equipment.
Information on the hunting seasons is contained on the Buckmasters website.
We also have a quick and dirty article on winter clothing posted that you might find interesting.
Bull Run/Occoquan Trail
in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Cranberry Wilderness in the
Monongahela National Forest
Laurel Fork Special
Management Area in the George Washington National Forest (Not to
be confused with Laurel Fork Wilderness in West Virginia.)
The Quehanna Trail in Moshannon State Forest - a story with 37 photos of the region.