I'm going to break from the monotony of hike posts to announce the launch of a new Android App for UVA students (or Charlottesville residents) who enjoy hiking: UVA Hike! My friend, Bo Qin, and I have developed this app that you can use to find hikes in the Charlottesville area. The app allows you to look at hike descriptions and photos, gives some general warnings that may be relevant for students who are looking to get into hiking, spills a few secrets, and gives a detailed breakdown of important points along the trail. If you have Android 3.0 or above, you'll also be able to use the map feature, which will help you orient where you are relative to the trailhead for the hike you've picked.
We've launched the app with 47 hikes within 90 minutes driving of Charlottesville. The app has coverage of the most popular hikes in the area, including Humpback Rocks, Old Rag, Blue Hole, and Crabtree Falls; it also has a list of what we consider the top 10 hikes in the area, as well as a list of off-the-beaten-path hikes that most UVA students have never even heard of.
Best of all, the app is completely free! We'd like to make it as user-friendly and helpful for students as possible, so we'd love any feedback you have after using our app. Thanks!