Best Trails in Virginia

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Virginia, Madison County

03 :08 hrs
6.3 mi
664.1326 ft

The Old Rag is a popular summit among the Shenandoah peaks because climbing it feels like an actual mountain, perhaps due to its rocky mount, unique among mountains in the Blue Ridge. This particular route begins from the parking area on VA 600 and follows the Ridge Trail up the spine of Old Rag. Continue following this trail along the rocky summit of Old Rag, soak in the views, and then descend along the easterly side of the mountain. When the trail rejoins Weakly Hollow Road, make a hard right along the Weakley Hollow Fire Road that parallels the main road. This will eventually return to the parking area.


Virginia, Accomack County

06 :14 hrs
17.5 mi
19.410809 ft

This is my all time favorite hike. This was the first time I went all the way up the beach to the top of the service trail. If you're into beach combing this is the way to do it, lots of great shells and many other finds. There is a chance of seeing ponies. If you go on top of the dunes once you're above the northern fence line you can see ponies. Once you meet up with the service trail at the northern tip it's really buggy so bathe in Off or Repel. Lots of ponies through here, make sure to look out on all the marshes, they can be anywhere. It's a flat and easy walk, it's just very long so I wouldn't recommend for beginners or anyone wanting a leisurely stroll. This took me 12 hours, including pony spotting time, and it cut me off early at the end. Ended up being 21.8 miles.


Virginia, Smyth County

05 :20 hrs
12.4 mi
490.73206 ft

Yet another forgotten gem of Virginia’s mysterious southlands, this loop follows old fire roads into the backwoods of Jefferson National Forest. Beginning along the orange-blazed Rowlands Creek Trail (which may be unsigned), progress through stunning forests of hemlock and rhododendron and watch for cascades and mini-falls along the edge of Rowlands Creek. After several fords of the river itself, veer right along Old FDR 84 along the edges of the twin mountains: Double Top and Round Top. Keep a close eye out for the orange-blazed Jerrys Creek Trail, which veers right off the fire road and descends back into the mountains around Chestnut Ridge. In June and July, millions of white blossoms populate this gorge from the rhododendron that make their homes along its shady slopes. Take in stunning views of the sloping valleys as the trail widens into FDR 845 and wends its way back towards the parking area.


Virginia, Rockbridge County

02 :19 hrs
6.9 mi
19.334412 ft

This beautiful day hike follows the Chessie Nature Trail as it parallels the course of the Maury River from Lexington to Buena Vista. Popular with kayakers and canoeists, this section of the river is full of tumbling rapids and whitewater gorges, with cliffs of limestone and beautiful ruins of old stone buildings hugging the edges of the water. In essence, this trail is a beautiful way to spend an afternoon. For bicyclists: The Chessie Nature Trail has recently been opened to bike traffic, much to the joy of local cyclers – it is a fantastic bike ride out and back. For road bikes, make sure to have multi-purpose tread as some sections of the trail are somewhat rough.


Virginia, Bath County

03 :38 hrs
7.3 mi
373.77426 ft

Beginning from the same parking area as the Tuscarora Overlook Loop, this rigorous loop trail begins along the Beards Gap Trail that snakes its way through the valley and switchbacks up to Beards Gap. After a brief detour to the overlook, return down to the ridgeline for a scenic hike along the aptly-named Mountain Top Trail that snakes along the ridge of Beards Mountain. Coming to the height of the ascent, veer left onto the (also aptly-named) Mountain Side Trail that wends its way along the face of the mountain, offering views of Douthat Lake sparkling below. Arriving back at the intersection of the Beards Gap and Mountain Top Trails, veer right this time along the Buck Hollow Trail which will trace the edge of the Buck Lick Creek, the Wilson Creek, and then lead back to the parking area.


Virginia, Scott County

03 :41 hrs
3.8 mi
283.1486 ft

This gentle ascend up the gorge carved by Little Stony Creek follows the Little Stony National Recreation Trail up from the parking area. Passing by numerous falling cascades and beautiful vistas of the surrounding southern Appalachians, the trail wends its way up towards Big Bear Lookout. Along the way, pass by stunning waterfalls that flow copious and wide in the spring, creating glistening pools that are perfect for a quick swim. Upon reaching the road, continue along the edge of VA 701 to reach Big Bear Lookout and soak in the views before returning along the edge of the creek. This hike is an easy and utterly beautiful experience of southern Virginia.


Ohio, Hocking County

00 :48 hrs
2 mi
76.64276 ft

Located in Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, this hike begins with a steep climb to the top of the gorge where the views are excellent. It follows the rim along rock outcroppings making a loop around the interesting sandstone gorge. Birdwatching and spring wildflowers are popular.


Virginia, Nelson County

03 :41 hrs
7.8 mi
562.1217 ft

Swinging bridge over the river. Great views from Chimney Rock.


Virginia, Bath County

00 :08 hrs
0.4 mi
11.785004 ft

Located on the northern end of Lake Moomaw, this campground offers 24 sites for primitive style camping. A few of the sites are first come, first serve and 3 of the sites are group sites that can accommodate up to 20 to 35 guests. There are trees and open fields and lakefront views. Guests have access to vault toilets and drinking water April-October.


Virginia, Waynesboro

02 :44 hrs
27.6 mi
109.79724 ft

This ride will take you through the amazing Shenandoah Valley. You will encounter a long gradual climb out of the city, which can be challenging for the beginner rider. After you pass the climb, there will be a gradual descent. There will be short stretches of busy streets with heavier traffic throughout the ride. Plan on rolling hills for long stretches.

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