Appalachian Trail (VA) - Chester Gap to Harpers Ferry (Segment 5) Professional Review and Guide
"The Blue Ridge of northern Virginia have none of the 4,000-foot-plus heights so plentiful on the Appalachian Trail farther south. Still, the northern Virginia leg is one
exhausting climb after another. On open mountain balds, views drop west onto the Great Valley.
The bumpy spine of the Blue Ridge runs southward, and to the east lie the rolling meadows of Virginia’s hunt country. Come fall and winter, the mountains here harbor quiet moments, interrupted occasionally by the thrashing of birds foraging among the hornbeam, dogwood, spicebush, and sassafras."