Best Backpacking in Virginia

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

  • #1 Riprap Trail

    4 Reviews

    Crimora, VA

    This series of trails crosses some of the park’s more strenuous, pristine, and inspiring features.
    •  10 hours or overnight (backcountry permit required)
    •  9.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This series of trails crosses some of the park’s more strenuous, pristine, and inspiring features.

  • #2 Stone Mountain Trail

    1 Reviews

    Big Stone Gap, VA

    The 12.5-mile Stone Mountain Trail begins with the long climb from Cave Springs. The tall cliffs and boulders that crop out from the mountain slope make for a dramatic introduction to the ridge, ...
    •  7 hours to Overnight
    •  12.5-14.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The 12.5-mile Stone Mountain Trail begins with the long climb from Cave Springs. The tall cliffs and boulders that crop out ...

  • #3 Rockytop

    0 Reviews

    Grottoes, VA

    This is a ruggedly beautiful all-day hike (or backpack) on Rockytop’s ridges, crossing Big Run many times.
    •  All day or overnight backpack (backcountry permits required)
    •  14.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a ruggedly beautiful all-day hike (or backpack) on Rockytop’s ridges, crossing Big Run many times.

  • #4 Middleburg, Leesburg, Waterford, VA, & Point of Rocks, MD

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    Leesburg, VA

    The unofficial capital of the “Hunt Country” of Virginia, Middleburg was first known as an overnight stagecoach stop with its convenient location midway between Alexandria and Winchester. Today ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    The unofficial capital of the “Hunt Country” of Virginia, Middleburg was first known as an overnight stagecoach stop with ...

  • #5 Arlington, Alexandria, Mount Vernon, and Manassas, VA

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    Alexandria, VA

    Situated on the south bank of the Potomac River is the second smallest county in the United States. Arlington, a suburb of Washington, DC, was developed over approximately 25 square miles of ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Situated on the south bank of the Potomac River is the second smallest county in the United States. Arlington, a suburb of ...

  • #6 Lewis & Clark Trail: The Eastern Legacy

    0 Reviews

    Charlottesville, VA

    This eTrail was written for travelers along the Lewis and Clark Trail. Inside you'll find a map and detailed directions to all the sites and attractions related to the Lewis & Clark expedition ...
    •  A couple days to a couple weeks
    •  Guide

    This eTrail was written for travelers along the Lewis and Clark Trail. Inside you'll find a map and detailed directions ...

  • #7 The Ragged Edge

    0 Reviews

    Syria, VA

    If you were going to do only one backpacking trip in Shenandoah National Park, this is the one you should choose. While this 24-mile trip is far from easy, the route visits one park highlight ...
    •  2-3 days
    •  24.2 miles
    •  Guide

    If you were going to do only one backpacking trip in Shenandoah National Park, this is the one you should choose. While this ...

  • #8 Bird's Eye View

    0 Reviews

    Woodstock, VA

    Enjoy a quick jaunt walking along the ridge that defines the border between Virginia and West Virginia. Less frequently visited than neighboring Big Schloss, the views of the Alleghenies from ...
    •  2 days
    •  3.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Enjoy a quick jaunt walking along the ridge that defines the border between Virginia and West Virginia. Less frequently visited ...

  • #9 High Above the Highlands

    0 Reviews

    Troutdale, VA

    Hiking along the balds of the Grayson Highlands, you’ll find yourself surrounded by sweeping semi-alpine views of the mountains of Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. Herds of wild ponies ...
    •  2-3 days
    •  26.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Hiking along the balds of the Grayson Highlands, you’ll find yourself surrounded by sweeping semi-alpine views of the mountains ...

  • #10 Go Big (Run) or Go Home

    0 Reviews

    Crozet, VA

    The southern Shenandoah may be about as close to a backpacker’s paradise as you can get just two hours from the Beltway. The trails are less crowded than the northern and central districts, and ...
    •  2-5 days
    •  38.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The southern Shenandoah may be about as close to a backpacker’s paradise as you can get just two hours from the Beltway. ...

  • #11 Amphibious Landing

    0 Reviews

    Staunton, VA

    Along the border between Virginia and West Virginia, the knobs stand higher, the drafts run swifter, and the forests grow wilder than farther east. This walk weaves together ridgelines, distant ...
    •  3-6 days
    •  44 miles
    •  Guide

    Along the border between Virginia and West Virginia, the knobs stand higher, the drafts run swifter, and the forests grow ...

  • #12 Picture Postcard Perfect

    0 Reviews

    Catawba, VA

    Connect the dots between some of the most popular vistas of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in southern Virginia in an ambitious circumnavigation of Catawba River Valley near Roanoke. Few thrills ...
    •  3-4 days
    •  34.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Connect the dots between some of the most popular vistas of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in southern Virginia in an ambitious ...

  • #13 Rock Castle Gorge

    0 Reviews

    Floyd, VA

    This strenuous loop begins innocently enough: in the cow pasture and mountain balds that flank the Blue Ridge Parkway. Its true nature soon reveals itself as you descend some 1,800 feet in just ...
    •  7 hours-overnight
    •  10.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This strenuous loop begins innocently enough: in the cow pasture and mountain balds that flank the Blue Ridge Parkway. Its ...

  • #14 Massanutten Mtn Tr (orange)

    0 Reviews

    Shenandoah County, VA

    Massanutten Mtn Tr (orange) is a hiking trail in Shenandoah County, Virginia. It is within George Washington National Forest - Lee district. It is 10.2 miles long and begins at 1,764 feet altitude. ...
    •  10.2 miles

    Massanutten Mtn Tr (orange) is a hiking trail in Shenandoah County, Virginia. It is within George Washington National Forest ...