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.

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#1. Riprap Trail


This series of trails crosses some of the park’s more strenuous, pristine, and inspiring features.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Shenandoah National Park"
Crimora, VA - Backpacking, Hiking - 9.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Stone Mountain Trail


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, and s…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Big Stone Gap, VA - Backpacking, Hiking - 12.5-14.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Rockytop


This is a ruggedly beautiful all-day hike (or backpack) on Rockytop’s ridges, crossing Big Run many times.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Shenandoah National Park"
Grottoes, VA - Backpacking, Hiking - 14.7 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

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


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 many v…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Baltimore"
Leesburg, VA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#5. Arlington, Alexandria, Mount Vernon, and Manassas, 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 the north…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Baltimore"
Alexandria, VA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#6. Lewis & Clark Trail: The Eastern Legacy


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 in thi…
From the guidebook "Traveling the Lewis and Clark Trail"
Charlottesville, VA - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Bird's Eye View


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 Tibbet K…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Woodstock, VA - Backpacking, Hiking - 3.1 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Amphibious Landing


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 vista…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Staunton, VA - Backpacking, Hiking - 44 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. Picture Postcard Perfect


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 match a…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Catawba, VA - Backpacking, Hiking - 34.2 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. High Above the Highlands


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 graz…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Troutdale, VA - Backpacking, Hiking - 26.3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. Massanutten Mountain


Just a few miles past Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive—but a world apart in terms of the crowds—you’ll find Massanutten Mountain, a long series of ridges running parallel to the Blue Ridge.…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Front Royal, VA - Backpacking, Hiking - 67.4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#12. The Ragged Edge


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 after an…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Syria, VA - Backpacking, Hiking - 24.2 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#13. Go Big (Run) or Go Home


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 limite…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Crozet, VA - Backpacking, Hiking - 38.6 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books