Seneca Rocks

Virginia & West Virginia Hikes

In these two states my hikes have taken me to numerous places amongst the rugged hills of the central Appalachian Mountains.  This is truly the region where the north and south come together...depending on what elevation you're at in this region you may feel more like you're in North Carolina or New England!  I haven't logged too many miles in these states but, those that I have, have been some of the most scenic I've ever hiked in the east...


Adventure Log (VA):  43 miles

Adventure Log (WV):  5 miles


Each of the galleries below have two numbers in parenthesis alongside their name. The first is the TOTAL MILEAGE of the route, the second is what I’m calling the “Petzoldt Rating” of DIFFICULTY. Developed by Paul Petzoldt, founder of NOLS, this rating system is the best I’ve found for standardizing the difficulty of hikes. It works as follows: One ‘energy unit’ is given for very mile travelled on flat terrain. You then add one more ‘energy unit’ for every 500-feet of elevation gain. For example, a one mile hike with 1,000-feet of gain would give you a rating of 3.00. Consequently a two mile hike with only 500-feet of gain would also give you a rating of 3.00. Please note, however, these ratings do not take into account weather, rough terrain, fitness level, etc. I’ve divided levels of difficulty into five levels, based on the following Petzoldt difficulty ranges:

0.00-2.49=EASY;

2.50-4.99=MODERATE;

5.00-7.49=CHALLENGING;

7.50-9.99=HARD;

10.00-12.49=VERY HARD;

12.50 & up=EXTREME


CLICK HERE for a Google map of hikes in these albums...

Virginia & West Virginia Hikes by Difficulty Rating


Cumberland Gap National Historical Park - White Rocks/Sand Cave Loop, VA  (14.48)

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park - Cumberland Gap Loop, VA  (13.60)


McAfee Knob, VA  (11.50)

Mount Rogers via Wilburn Ridge, VA  (10.91)


Great Channels of Virginia, VA  (9.90)


Seneca Rocks, WV  (4.70)


Spruce Knob, WV  (1.70)

Dolly Sods Wilderness - Bear Rocks, WV  (0.51)