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.

  • #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 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 ...

  • #4 James River

    0 Reviews

    Richmond, VA

    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 ...
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    Short Take: More than 60 miles of fishable water; numerous tributary creeks, abundant shallow cover, tidal influence. Perhaps ...

  • #5 White Rock Falls Circuit and Sherando Lake Recreation Area Hikes- Milepost 19.9

    2 Reviews

    Vesuvius, VA

    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 ...
    •  Varies by option chosen
    •  1-9.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This strenuous but worthwhile circuit adjacent to the Parkway can be expanded to start at Sherando Lake Recreation Area, ...

  • #6 G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area

    3 Reviews

    Linden, VA

    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, ...
    •  3-4 hours
    •  2-4.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Virginia’s Department of Game & Inland Fisheries oversees thirty wildlife management areas around the state with the hunter ...

  • #7 Chessie Nature Trail

    1 Reviews

    Lexington, VA

    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. ...
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    This genteel trail along the Maury River features spectacular limestone cliffs, riots of wildflowers, wineberries growing ...

  • #8 Kerr Reservoir (VA / NC Border)

    0 Reviews

    Clarksville, VA

    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 ...
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    Short Take: 48,900 acres; brush-lined tributaries, long, wooded points, sunken roadbeds, shallow coves. A few years ago when ...

  • #9 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, ...

  • #10 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 ...

  • #11 Chief Benge Scout Trail

    2 Reviews

    Norton, VA

    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 ...
    •  8 hours
    •  15.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Mountain Fork and Little Stony Creek thread the mountains of Wise and Scott Counties in wild and unpredictable fashion. Sticking ...

  • #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 Trout Trail

    0 Reviews

    Appomattox, VA

    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 ...
    •  4 hours
    •  7.4-11.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Hikers are the latest folks to enjoy Holliday Creek in a line stretching back 8,000 years: Native Americans, gold miners, ...

  • #15 Guest River Gorge Trail

    3 Reviews

    Jefferson National Forest, VA

    Guest River Gorge Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Russell County, Scott County, and Wise County, Virginia. It is within Jefferson National Forest. It is 5.5 miles long and begins at 1,961 ...
    •  5.5 miles

    Guest River Gorge Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Russell County, Scott County, and Wise County, Virginia. It is within ...

  • #16 North Bank Trail

    1 Reviews

    Richmond, VA

    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 ...
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike travels the North Bank Trail along the James River. Here, you can view river rapids and head to a popular sunning ...

  • #17 G. Richard Thompson WildlifeManagement Area

    0 Reviews

    Upperville, VA

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The 4,000-acre area rises in a series of steep inclines to the crest of the Blue Ridge, with elevations ranging from 700 ...

  • #18 Three Lakes Triple Loop

    0 Reviews

    Chamberlayne, VA

    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 ...
    •  1.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Combine this short trek with a visit to the elaborate nature center here at Three Lakes Park. The nature center, which overlooks ...

  • #19 Newport News Park

    0 Reviews

    Newport News, VA

    Newport News Park, an 8,000-acre preserve, is one of the largest municipal parks in America. The most heavily used parts surround Lee Hall Reservoir. Trails and dirt roads make possible a hike ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Newport News Park, an 8,000-acre preserve, is one of the largest municipal parks in America. The most heavily used parts ...

  • #20 Walnut Creek

    0 Reviews

    Charlottesville, VA

    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 ...
    •  1.5-3 hours
    •  9.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The trails at Walnut Creek are the result of years of hard work by volunteers from Charlottesville’s cycling, hiking, and ...