Best Trails of Virginia

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#1. Old Rag


Old Rag is so popular, the park has special rules for recreational use. There’s a fee to park and use the trails on certain weekends and holidays during summer and fall. What’s the attraction? Old Rag…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Syria, VA - Hiking - 7.4 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in VA - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Old Rag


A climb to the top of one of the park’s most famous peaks presents incredible views from the summit. The rocks of Old Rag are among the park’s oldest. Billions of years ago, the granite that forms th…
From the guidebook "Hiking Shenandoah National Park"
Sperryville, VA - Hiking - 9.2 miles Best Trail in VA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. New River Trail State Park


Following one of the world’s oldest rivers, the spectacular New River Trail—a linear state park—explores an especially remote corner of Virginia, where the river and forest and historical mining tidbi…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Galax, VA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking - 57 miles Best Trail in VA - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#4. Sky Meadows State Park


Sky Meadows State Park, in Virginia’s portion of the Blue Ridge, lives up to its name. Up there, too, hikers can enjoy woodlands, wildlife, exercise, and an Appalachian Trail segment.…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Upperville, VA - Hiking - 7.9 miles Best Trail in VA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#5. Crabtree Falls-Milepost 27.2


One of the South’s best waterfall walks also has barrier- free access. Various publications describe this falls as the “highest in Eastern America,” the “highest in Virginia,” and the “highest in the…
From the guidebook "Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway"
Tyro, VA - Hiking - 2.6-6 miles Best Trail in VA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Big Meadows Campground


Big Meadows is Shenandoah National Park’s largest treeless area, encompassing a barren plateau that is approximately 640 acres. It’s believed that American Indians cleared the area to create favorable…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: Virginia"
Shenandoah, VA - Campgrounds Best Trail in VA - Click to view allBestCampgrounds Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#7. Appalachian Trail (VA) - Chester Gap to Harpers Ferry (Segment 5)


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 anothe…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Front Royal, VA - Hiking - 54.5 miles Best Trail in VA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Lake Robertson Campground


The 581-acre Lake Robertson Recreation Area lies at the western edge of the Shenandoah Valley at the foot of North Mountain. Early American Indians called this ridge Endless Mountain, and that’s the…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: Virginia"
Lexington, VA - Campgrounds Best Trail in VA - Click to view allBestCampgrounds Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#9. Appalachian Trail (VA) - Damascus to Marion (Segment 1)


It takes a northbound thru-hiker about six weeks to reach Virginia on the Appalachian Trail. Once here, there are another six weeks of difficult and rewarding trail ahead before the hiker exits Virgin…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Damascus, VA - Hiking - 63.8 miles Best Trail in VA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Wakefield Park / Accotink Trail


Wakefield Park is quite possibly the most popular mountain-bike destination in the Metro Washington, D.C., area. Its close proximity to the Capital Beltway makes it a popular destination for all the n…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Area"
Annandale, VA - Mountain Biking - 5.5 miles Best Trail in VA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Overall Run Falls and Twin Falls


Overall Run is Shenandoah’s highest falls. The cataract is complemented with a grand vista—and a warm-up fall along the way. Start with a pleasant mountaintop stroll on the Appalachian Trail, and wend…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains "
Bentonville, VA - Hiking - 6.8 miles Best Trail in VA - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#12. Limberlost


This short walk is along a crushed greenstone surface.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Shenandoah National Park"
Nethers, VA - Hiking - 1.3 miles Best Trail in VA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Pohick Bay Regional Park


Pohick was named by Algonquin Indians to aptly describe this area as the “water place.” With its marina, boat launch, and boat storage facilities, Pohick Bay Regional Park offers a year-round haven fo…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: Virginia"
Lorton, VA - Campgrounds Best Trail in VA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#14. Mount Rogers Summit


Dispense with the suspense right off: This 5,729-foot monolith of volcanic rock—third loftiest mountain in the Southern Appalachians—is not hard to climb. Yes, you must hike 7 miles to reach it from G…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Troutdale, VA - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 9 miles Best Trail in VA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Todd Lake Recreation Area


Living just a half-hour’s drive from Todd Lake over the course of my 20 years as a Shenandoah Valley resident, I confess to having spent more time at this recreation area taking a dip in the 7.5-acre…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: Virginia"
Harrisonburg, VA - Campgrounds Best Trail in VA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#16. Wildcat Mountain Natural Area


Tucked away in the peaceful farmlands of Virginia’s Fauquier County near Warrenton lies a private nature preserve that provides a rich habitat for flora, a haven for fauna, and a secluded and little-v…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Warren County, VA - Hiking - 5.4 miles Best Trail in VA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#17. Douthat State Park


There are 24 different trails to choose from in the park, totaling more than 40 miles of rideable terrain. The variety of "magic" mountain bike trails, as some have called them, has lead to the park's…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Virginia"
Clifton Forge, VA - Mountain Biking - 40 miles Best Trail in VA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Mathews Arm Campground


Mathews Arm is the northernmost campground in Shenandoah National Park. While it has flushing toilets, it is the only Skyline Drive campground without showers or a camp store. But don’t let this disco…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: Virginia"
Rileyville, VA - Campgrounds Best Trail in VA - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#19. Great Falls Park


Land and history are interwoven throughout Great Falls Park—the spot where George Washington championed a canal to skirt the Potomac River’s 77-foot “great falls.” This may be metropolitan DC, but bey…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Great Falls, VA - Climbing, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 5.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. C&O Canal National Historic Park


This ride's general location is between Georgetown in Washington, D.C., and Cumberland, Maryland, along the Potomac River. Scenery includes splendid views of the wide Potomac River, forests, and moun…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Virginia"
Georgetown, VA - Mountain Biking - 185 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press