Best Trails of Virginia

This list represents the most popular trails in Virginia. Use this list to plan your next Virginia outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Old Rag Fire Road

    27 Reviews

    Shenandoah National Park, VA

    Old Rag Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Madison County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 4.3 miles long and begins at 3,329 feet altitude. Traveling the ...
    •  4.3 miles

    Old Rag Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Madison County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. ...

  • #2 New River Trail State Park

    14 Reviews

    Galax, VA

    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 ...
    •  57 miles
    •  Guide

    Following one of the world’s oldest rivers, the spectacular New River Trail—a linear state park—explores an especially remote ...

  • #3 Crabtree Falls-Milepost 27.2

    8 Reviews

    Tyro, VA

    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 ...
    •  2.6-6 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the South’s best waterfall walks also has barrier- free access. Various publications describe this falls as the “highest ...

  • #4 Big Meadows Campground

    7 Reviews

    Shenandoah, VA

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    Big Meadows is Shenandoah National Park’s largest treeless area, encompassing a barren plateau that is approximately 640 ...

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

    7 Reviews

    Front Royal, VA

    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 ...
    •  54.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Blue Ridge of northern Virginia have none of the 4,000-foot-plus heights so plentiful on the Appalachian Trail farther ...

  • #6 Appalachian Trail (VA) - Damascus to Marion (Segment 1)

    8 Reviews

    Damascus, VA

    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 ...
    •  63.8 miles
    •  Guide

    It takes a northbound thru-hiker about six weeks to reach Virginia on the Appalachian Trail. Once here, there are another ...

  • #7 Lake Robertson Campground

    0 Reviews

    Lexington, VA

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    The 581-acre Lake Robertson Recreation Area lies at the western edge of the Shenandoah Valley at the foot of North Mountain. ...

  • #8 Wakefield Park / Accotink Trail

    6 Reviews

    Annandale, VA

    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 ...
    •  1 hour
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Wakefield Park is quite possibly the most popular mountain-bike destination in the Metro Washington, D.C., area. Its close ...

  • #9 Overall Run Falls and Twin Falls

    3 Reviews

    Bentonville, VA

    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, ...
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Overall Run is Shenandoah’s highest falls. The cataract is complemented with a grand vista—and a warm-up fall along the way. ...

  • #10 Limberlost

    8 Reviews

    Nethers, VA

    This short walk is along a crushed greenstone surface.Both of these short, enjoyable jaunts offer spectacular views to the west of the surrounding mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. Both also ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  1.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This short walk is along a crushed greenstone surface.Both of these short, enjoyable jaunts offer spectacular views to the ...

  • #11 Pohick Bay Regional Park

    2 Reviews

    Lorton, VA

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    Pohick was named by Algonquin Indians to aptly describe this area as the “water place.” With its marina, boat launch, and ...

  • #12 Mount Rogers Summit

    4 Reviews

    Troutdale, VA

    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 ...
    •  5 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Dispense with the suspense right off: This 5,729-foot monolith of volcanic rock—third loftiest mountain in the Southern Appalachians—is ...

  • #13 Todd Lake Recreation Area

    1 Reviews

    Harrisonburg, VA

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    Living just a half-hour’s drive from Todd Lake over the course of my 20 years as a Shenandoah Valley resident, I confess ...

  • #14 False Cape State Park / Back Bay Wildlife Refuge

    5 Reviews

    Virginia Beach, VA

    Barrier islands serve as an ecological first line of defense for our shores. Storms batter them, waves wear them down, wind strips them clean. Tucked out of harm’s way behind the islands lie ...
    •  7 hours
    •  14.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Barrier islands serve as an ecological first line of defense for our shores. Storms batter them, waves wear them down, wind ...

  • #15 Douthat State Park

    5 Reviews

    Clifton Forge, VA

    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 ...
    •  Varies by routes chosen
    •  40 miles
    •  Guide

    There are 24 different trails to choose from in the park, totaling more than 40 miles of rideable terrain. The variety of ...

  • #16 Mathews Arm Campground

    2 Reviews

    Rileyville, VA

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    Mathews Arm is the northernmost campground in Shenandoah National Park. While it has flushing toilets, it is the only Skyline ...

  • #17 Appalachian Trail (VA) - Roanoke to Rockfish Gap (Segment 3)

    4 Reviews

    Roanoke, VA

    The Appalachian Trail once ran the crest of the Blue Ridge from Roanoke north to Rockfish Gap, until construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway pushed sections onto outlying peaks. That’s good news ...
    •  133.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Appalachian Trail once ran the crest of the Blue Ridge from Roanoke north to Rockfish Gap, until construction of the ...

  • #18 C&O Canal National Historic Park

    5 Reviews

    Georgetown, VA

    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, ...
    •  185 miles
    •  Guide

    This ride's general location is between Georgetown in Washington, D.C., and Cumberland, Maryland, along the Potomac River. ...

  • #19 Dark Hollow Falls and Rose River Falls

    3 Reviews

    Luray, VA

    This loop hike is the best way to bag both Dark Hollow Falls and Rose River Falls. Most visitors reach Dark Hollow Falls via Skyline Drive. You will begin your trek on Rose River Fire Road, and ...
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop hike is the best way to bag both Dark Hollow Falls and Rose River Falls. Most visitors reach Dark Hollow Falls ...

  • #20 Peaks of Otter-Mileposts 83.1-85.9

    5 Reviews

    Buchanan, VA

    The Parkway’s 4,200-acre Peaks of Otter Recreation Area is one of the most highly recommended places to spend a day or stop for the night. This lofty valley, formed by the stunningly pointed ...
    •  0.8-5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Parkway’s 4,200-acre Peaks of Otter Recreation Area is one of the most highly recommended places to spend a day or stop ...