Women's Early Winter Backpack at Sky Meadows

Date and Time

Friday, December 10, 2021 3:00PM - Sunday, December 12, 2021 12:00PM


Sky Meadows State Park, VA,
Virginia, Shenandoahs,


Registration is required for this activity.


This is a two-night, women's backpacking trip for women who want to push their 3-season gear into an early winter trip with the security of an established campground and a hike that's manageable in most conditions. We will backpack one mile to an established but primitive campground at Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, VA. We will stay at the campground both nights. This trip starts on Friday afternoon at 3:00 and ends Sunday late morning. The route to and from the campground is fairly flat, wide, and gentle trail. The primitive campground has pit toilets and non-potable water available and the campsites each have tent pads, bear boxes, and fire rings. On Saturday we will take a day hike (5-7 miles) through the park, likely up to and along the Appalachian Trail. The day hike will be at a moderate pace and may include an elevation gain of slightly more than 1000 feet along a trail that is narrow, rocky, and steep in places. On Sunday, we may take a short day hike prior to hiking back to the cars. This trip is suitable to those with previous 3 season backpacking experience with gear appropriate for the potentially cold weather. The average low for the area in December is approximately 30 degrees. It will be dark early and potentially very cold, so we'll focus on staying warm through the night and in the early morning! Contact the trip leaders for more information including questions about recommended gear.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $20 member / $20 non-member
*The cost for this trip is $20/person to help cover the cost of the group campsite. This camping fee includes the park entrance fee. You will receive instructions for payment after registering. Participation will be confirmed after receipt of payment.

Related Link(s):

Sky Meadows State Park

Click map for driving directions
Wintry hike



Offered By





Easy backpack in with moderate day hikes.


Adults (18+)


I grew up hiking in state parks, national forests, and wilderness areas throughout West Virginia and have been backpacking since 2015, including three section hikes on the AT in Virginia. I am interested in exploring out-of-the-way places, helping women gain confidence to be outdoors, and providing a means for everyone to experience extended trips in the wilderness. We humans need to spend time in nature in order to protect it and understand our connection with it.


I'm new to hiking with AMC, but have been an avid hiker and camper for many years. I love introducing people to the outdoors -- whether hiking, biking, skiing, paddling, or camping. I grew up playing outside in Virginia, and am starting to introduce my two young kids to my favorite outdoor spots in the region.