Best Birding in Virginia

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

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#1. 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 all (About Top Trails)
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#2. False Cape State Park / Back Bay Wildlife Refuge


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 sheltered…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Virginia Beach, VA - Birding, Fishing, Hiking - 14.7 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Apple Orchard Falls Trail and Cornelius Creek Circuit-Milepost 78.4


The Forest Service is justly proud of this waterfall circuit that features two scenic, well-maintained National Recreation Trails and spectacular Apple Orchard Falls. This figure- eight trail system e…
From the guidebook "Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway"
Buchanan, VA - Birding, Hiking - 1.5-7.6 miles
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#4. Peaks of Otter-Mileposts 83.1-85.9


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 summit…
From the guidebook "Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway"
Buchanan, VA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 0.8-5.8 miles
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#5. Virginia Creeper National Recreational Trail


Beginning atop Whitetop Mountain, this spellbinding trail zips down the wild mountainside, over wooded canyons, beside fish-filled streams, to its midway point at Damascus. Beyond town, the scenery ca…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Abingdon, VA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running - 34.3 miles BestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. Huckleberry Trail


This absolutely gorgeous trail winds through plush pastures, quiet neighborhoods, and pocket woods in a region famous for its coal history. Spring is especially beautiful, with the blooming dogwood…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Blacksburg, VA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking - 5.75 miles BestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Cape Henry Trail (Main Trail)


The Cape Henry Trail winds through First Landing/Seashore State Park to Virginia Beach’s oceanfront resort area, exploring a magical coastal environment of cypress swamps, bird-filled swales, exotic l…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Virginia Beach, VA - Birding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running - 6 miles
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#8. First Landing State Park


The ultimate surf-and-turf park, First Landing State Park is great for a tan—and far less crowded than the Atlantic beaches a few miles south. The “surf ” is the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, where it…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Virginia Beach, VA - Birding, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running - 6.5 miles
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#9. Chessie Nature Trail


This genteel trail along the Maury River features spectacular limestone cliffs, riots of wildflowers, wineberries growing in profusion, and reminders of both its canaling and railroading past. Surfac…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Lexington, VA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Rail-Trails, Walking - 7 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#10. Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park


Beginning amid the capital’s suburban sprawl, the ever popular W&OD Trail heads west through Virginia’s fabled green countryside, sprinkled with horse farms, pastures, little towns, and burbling creek…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Arlington, VA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 45.5 miles
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#11. Lake Accotink Trail


This wide dirt trail travels around a forested lake in the heart of suburbia—a not-so-secret escape for evening and weekend jaunts. Surface: Dirt and gravel.…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Springfield, VA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running, Walking - 3.75 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#12. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge


Every spring and fall, millions of birds migrate between cold, northern environs and temperate and tropical homes in Central and South America. En route, their needs are simple: an occasional place to…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Chincoteague Island, VA - Birding, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 7.5-25 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Breaks Interstate Park Campground


Both Kentucky and Virginia lay claim to this beautiful park. Over the last half century, the Breaks’ natural beauty has been made accessible with the improvement of tortuous mountain roads that now le…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: Kentucky"
Breaks, VA - Birding, Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking
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#14. Belle Isle State Park


Since colonial times, farmers have tilled the fields of Belle Isle; parts of this state park are farmed even today. Bird watchers, hikers, horseback riders, and cyclists in the mood for wide-open spac…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Lancaster, VA - Birding, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 3.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides