Best Fishing in Virginia

This list represents the most popular fishing in Virginia. Use this list to plan your next Virginia fishing 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
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#3. 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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#4. James River


Short Take: More than 60 miles of fishable water; numerous tributary creeks, abundant shallow cover, tidal influence. Perhaps nowhere else in the United States can anglers mix American history and bas…
From the guidebook "America's Best Bass Fishing"
Richmond, VA - Fishing BestFishing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. White Rock Falls Circuit and Sherando Lake Recreation Area Hikes- Milepost 19.9


This strenuous but worthwhile circuit adjacent to the Parkway can be expanded to start at Sherando Lake Recreation Area, a recommended national forest campground convenient to the first section of…
From the guidebook "Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway"
Vesuvius, VA - Fishing, Hiking - 1-9.5 miles
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#6. G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area


Virginia’s Department of Game & Inland Fisheries oversees thirty wildlife management areas around the state with the hunter and angler in mind. Fields are kept clear to attract grazing animals, and se…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Linden, VA - Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 2-4.3 miles
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#7. Guest River Gorge Trail


Vaunting high rock bluffs, cascading waters, and hardwood forest, this rail-trail follows the Guest River through a magnificent sandstone gorge. Located in Jefferson National Forest, the area is isola…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Coeburn, VA - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Walking - 5.3 miles
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#8. 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
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#9. Kerr Reservoir (VA / NC Border)


Short Take: 48,900 acres; brush-lined tributaries, long, wooded points, sunken roadbeds, shallow coves. A few years ago when professional bass angler Jack Hains won the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society’…
From the guidebook "America's Best Bass Fishing"
Clarksville, VA - Fishing
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#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
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#12. Chief Benge Scout Trail


Mountain Fork and Little Stony Creek thread the mountains of Wise and Scott Counties in wild and unpredictable fashion. Sticking with them faithfully is the 15-mile Chief Benge Scout Trail, a trek tha…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Norton, VA - Fishing, Hiking - 15.3 miles
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#13. 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
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#14. 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 - Campgrounds
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#15. Trout Trail


Hikers are the latest folks to enjoy Holliday Creek in a line stretching back 8,000 years: Native Americans, gold miners, homesteaders, Confederate soldiers, scientists, foresters, and anglers—each fo…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Appomattox, VA - Fishing, Hiking - 7.4-11.5 miles
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#16. Jackson River Scenic Trail


Waterfalls, river views, rugged rock formations, vibrant fall foliage, and delicate flowers in the spring: these are the sights that put the scenic in Jackson River Scenic Trail. The peaceful rail-tra…
From the guidebook "Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic"
Covington, VA - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 10.7 miles
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#17. Walnut Creek


The trails at Walnut Creek are the result of years of hard work by volunteers from Charlottesville’s cycling, hiking, and trail running community. The efforts from all these groups have yielded over 1…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Virginia: An Atlas of Virginia's Greatest Off-Road Bicycle Rides"
Charlottesville, VA - Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 9.8 miles
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#18. G. Richard Thompson WildlifeManagement Area


The 4,000-acre area rises in a series of steep inclines to the crest of the Blue Ridge, with elevations ranging from 700 to 2,200 feet. The scenery is diverse, from fruit orchards surrounding old home…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Washington D.C."
Upperville, VA - Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 4.3 miles
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#19. Three Lakes Triple Loop


Combine this short trek with a visit to the elaborate nature center here at Three Lakes Park. The nature center, which overlooks the middle lake of the three impoundments, focuses on the plants and an…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Richmond, Virginia"
Chamberlayne, VA - Fishing, Hiking - 1.3 miles
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#20. North Bank Trail


This hike travels the North Bank Trail along the James River. Here, you can view river rapids and head to a popular sunning and swimming spot—if the river is low enough. Even if the water is up, hike…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Richmond, Virginia"
Richmond, VA - Fishing, Hiking, Trail Running - 2 miles
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