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HikingMuddyRocky

We did the circuit in 1 day and went counter-clockwise. It was tough but doable, and we completed the loop in 7 hours. This would be a 4-star trail if you take it clockwise instead, for the following reasons. While this trail would be difficult in any direction, the inclines are steeper (albeit slightly shorter) when going counter-clockwise. That alone is enough reason to take it clockwise, as the incline of the first solid 6 miles were pretty unforgiving otherwise. The primary vista is from the summit of Three Ridges, which if you're approaching counter-clockwise is about 6-7 miles in. Afterward, going in this direction, the trail is scenic but there's not much in the way of additional overlooks, so you're trudging for 7-8 miles without much reward. If I had known this, I would have lingered more at the summit and at the multiple smaller vistas south of the summit instead of moving on and expecting to see more. The Mau-Har trail is definitely lovely, and would be nicer to approach from the south (i.e., taking the trail clockwise) so that the waterfall progression is in your line of sight as you hike upward. Otherwise, you only get a good view if you continually look backward (not recommended given how rocky the footing is on this trail). We camped at the AT trailhead at 56, which had a handful of nice campsites that are very popular with car-camping families. The ground there is packed tight and pretty hard sleeping, so be sure to bring a mat if that's your plan. There are several other camping options throughout the circuit if you are backpacking, though I'll note the ground looked rocky throughout so hammock camping might be your best bet, especially higher up the mountain.

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Andrew Sharrock reviewed Pond Run and White Rocks Loop Trail
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CampingGreat!
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Corey Slider reviewed Perry Valley Loop Trail
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Jill Borsa reviewed Morgan Run Trail
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I went on a seriously rainy day, and some care was needed on slippery rocks, but the trail was quite passable and not boggy. The grade is fairly gentle, with one short, steep section with stairs and a brief scuttle over some big rocks to reach the overlook (pass the shelter, follow the blue blazes, and head left when they split). Beautiful foliage, serene - a walk in the woods I’d recommend. Like much of the AT in the area, the trail is easy to follow and wide enough for social distance in most spots. The parking area is small (mask-worthy), and be prepared to hop across Rt. 9 to begin.

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HikingRocky

Very beautiful trail! However dogs may find it difficult. I turned back with my older guy because he pulled a muscle going over on the rocks. He hikes with me all the time, but this terrain is better with hands. Much of Mau-Har is large, slippery rocks almost like a rock scramble in places. Expect your four legged friend to need to leap up large rocks with tricky footing over 4' tall. Easy for those with hands who like a challenging ascent, but not necessarily for paws. I was lucky to find some kind strangers to help me carry him back 4 miles down some tricky terrain. Beautiful campsites though, and I will go back and let the pup sit it out next time!

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HikingGreat!

Really pretty hike, fairly busy on a Friday. Rock scramble near summit was fun and not too challenging. Rock outcrop at top was perfect lunch spot with views of the valley and both Virginia and West Virginia .

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 4, 2020
BackpackingRocky

Was a great trail. definitely not a good trail for first time backpackers unlike the review below says its rated hard for a reason.. If you park at the white rocks parking area you will need a 4x4 vehicle to get to the parking lot a car will not make it up the road. But if you park there you are at the start of the trail going clockwise. Starting off at the white rocks parking lot walk through the gate and the trail will start on the right hand side. from there you will take the old mail path for the first couple miles. Then you will come to an intersection and follow the Tuscarora trail to the right marked with blue blazes. This trail will take you the rest of the way. The trail is very rocky and the uphill will suck no matter which way you go. Make sure you bring plenty of water as we didn't see any water once you started going up the mountain and once at the top there is not any place to refill. If you start the trail counter clockwise you will have water for the first couple miles until the big accent up the mountain and then it runs dry. Plenty of camping spots on the road you could drive up park and then hike. camping spots on the trail are mostly around the pond run look out at and white rocks look out but there are a few scattered around the woods. Watch out for the couple bees nest at the white rocks look out a person in our group was stung while there. This trail is for inshape experienced hikers it is rocky the uphill parts are long and exhausting but the looks outs are worth the trek up to see them.

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Stephen Diercks reviewed Perry Valley Loop Trail
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 3, 2020
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Beautiful hike

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 3, 2020
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Gorgeous trail- started going up Mau Har and went down Three Ridges. I’m not sure that the suggested route is best for most hikers- it takes you to the Maupin shelter after five miles on Mau Har, which leaves 10 miles to go if you are doing the loop as an overnight. I think I would recommend going counterclockwise up Three Ridges and staying at Mayoin, or starting from Rte 64 and heading down either direction toon to the Harper’s Creek Shelter. Either would be better for those who prefer to hike more on the first day. I loved this hike and will definitely do it again. Also, there is a small spring between the last Three Ridges Overlook and the Harper’s Creek Shelter, as of 10/3/20. It’s just a trickle but I was able to refill on an otherwise dry trail

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Jon V reviewed Morgan Run Trail
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HikingRockyScramble

David Lesser Shelter was in good shape and great for a quick stop. Buzzard Rock View was nice after walking through the forest. Rocky, but plenty of shade and seclusion. Only passed one person on a Monday afternoon

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 27, 2020
Hiking

It’s the AT so trail is in good condition and easy to follow. During COVID, we passed more backpacking groups and other hikers than I would have liked for a Sunday morning. I measured about 7.4 miles out to the Buzzard Rock overlook and back to the small lot on route 9. Overall just OK in my opinion.

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BackpackingGreat!

Very beautiful hike. I went up Mau-Har one day, camped at Maupin and then did the rest of the loop the next day on the AT. The hike up Mau-Har has so many falls and places to stop and chill out with the sound of the water. It also has some very cool camp spots right by the river. Its a challenging climb for sure, but beautiful. Wouldn't want to come down this on a rainy day. Camping at Maupin was easy and there is a creek.. Lots of sites spread out all over. The AT side is a fun hike with a few great views. No reliable water until Harpers Creek Shelter. There's a beautiful river and lots of campsites there as well. A great overnight hike.

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HikingGreat!Rocky

Lots of beautiful views, particularly on the Mau Hau trail. Definitely a harder hike if you plan to do it in a day. It’s a nice weekend camping trip if you hike up to the ridges one day then back down the next, not terribly hard or terribly easy.

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