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.

  • #1 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 ...

  • #2 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 ...

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

    4 Reviews

    Buchanan, VA

    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 ...
    •  1.5-7.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Forest Service is justly proud of this waterfall circuit that features two scenic, well-maintained National Recreation ...

  • #4 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 ...

  • #5 Virginia Creeper National Recreational Trail

    6 Reviews

    Abingdon, VA

    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 ...
    •  34.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Beginning atop Whitetop Mountain, this spellbinding trail zips down the wild mountainside, over wooded canyons, beside fish-filled ...

  • #6 Huckleberry Trail

    3 Reviews

    Blacksburg, VA

    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 ...
    •  5.75 miles
    •  Guide

    This absolutely gorgeous trail winds through plush pastures, quiet neighborhoods, and pocket woods in a region famous for ...

  • #7 Cape Henry Trail (Main Trail)

    3 Reviews

    Virginia Beach, VA

    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, ...
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Cape Henry Trail winds through First Landing/Seashore State Park to Virginia Beach’s oceanfront resort area, exploring ...

  • #8 First Landing State Park

    3 Reviews

    Virginia Beach, VA

    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, ...
    •  2-3 hours
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The ultimate surf-and-turf park, First Landing State Park is great for a tan—and far less crowded than the Atlantic beaches ...

  • #9 Chessie Nature Trail

    1 Reviews

    Rockbridge County, VA

    Chessie Nature Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Rockbridge County, Virginia. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 865 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.1 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Chessie Nature Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Rockbridge County, Virginia. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 865 ...

  • #10 Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park

    1 Reviews

    Arlington, VA

    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 ...
    •  45.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Beginning amid the capital’s suburban sprawl, the ever popular W&OD Trail heads west through Virginia’s fabled green countryside, ...

  • #11 Lake Accotink Trail

    1 Reviews

    Springfield, VA

    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.
    •  3.75 miles
    •  Guide

    This wide dirt trail travels around a forested lake in the heart of suburbia—a not-so-secret escape for evening and weekend ...

  • #12 Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

    2 Reviews

    Chincoteague Island, VA

    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 ...
    •  3-10 hours
    •  7.5-25 miles
    •  Guide

    Every spring and fall, millions of birds migrate between cold, northern environs and temperate and tropical homes in Central ...

  • #13 Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail

    5 Reviews

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, VA

    Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Montgomery County, Maryland. It is within Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park and Dierrsen Wildlife Management Area. ...
    •  18.6 miles

    Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Montgomery County, Maryland. It is within Chesapeake & Ohio ...

  • #14 Belle Isle State Park

    0 Reviews

    Lancaster, VA

    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 ...
    •  1 hour
    •  3.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Since colonial times, farmers have tilled the fields of Belle Isle; parts of this state park are farmed even today. Bird ...