The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes in the Shenandoah Valley. For more information, check out the book. 1. ELKWALLOW For children, for the childlike at heart, or really for anyone with a hankering for ice cream (soft serve and blackberry!), the gentle hike from Mathews Arm down Elkwallow Trail will be…

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Many of the older trails in Pennsylvania’s Hammersley Wild Area have fallen into disrepair and are rarely walked, except by the occasional intrepid local hunter. As such they offer the experienced backpacker willing to undertake some off-trail travel a fine opportunity to explore a Mid-Atlantic backcountry that is wilder than one might expect. Following the…

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Like many hikers, I spend a great deal of time staring at maps and dreaming of the possibilities of adventure and escape they evoke. For several years now, I have come back to maps of the Susquehannock Trail System (STS) in north-central Pennsylvania—and not just because I hiked the trail system for my new book,…

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