Best Hiking in Virginia

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

  • #1 Old Rag Fire Road

    27 Reviews

    Shenandoah National Park, VA

    Old Rag Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Madison County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 4.3 miles long and begins at 3,329 feet altitude. Traveling the ...
    •  4.3 miles

    Old Rag Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Madison County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. ...

  • #2 Crabtree Falls-Milepost 27.2

    8 Reviews

    Tyro, VA

    One of the South’s best waterfall walks also has barrier- free access. Various publications describe this falls as the “highest in Eastern America,” the “highest in Virginia,” and the “highest ...
    •  2.6-6 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the South’s best waterfall walks also has barrier- free access. Various publications describe this falls as the “highest ...

  • #3 Appalachian Trail (VA) - Chester Gap to Harpers Ferry (Segment 5)

    7 Reviews

    Front Royal, VA

    The Blue Ridge of northern Virginia have none of the 4,000-foot-plus heights so plentiful on the Appalachian Trail farther south. Still, the northern Virginia leg is one exhausting climb after ...
    •  54.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Blue Ridge of northern Virginia have none of the 4,000-foot-plus heights so plentiful on the Appalachian Trail farther ...

  • #4 Appalachian Trail (VA) - Damascus to Marion (Segment 1)

    8 Reviews

    Damascus, VA

    It takes a northbound thru-hiker about six weeks to reach Virginia on the Appalachian Trail. Once here, there are another six weeks of difficult and rewarding trail ahead before the hiker exits ...
    •  63.8 miles
    •  Guide

    It takes a northbound thru-hiker about six weeks to reach Virginia on the Appalachian Trail. Once here, there are another ...

  • #5 Overall Run Falls and Twin Falls

    3 Reviews

    Bentonville, VA

    Overall Run is Shenandoah’s highest falls. The cataract is complemented with a grand vista—and a warm-up fall along the way. Start with a pleasant mountaintop stroll on the Appalachian Trail, ...
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Overall Run is Shenandoah’s highest falls. The cataract is complemented with a grand vista—and a warm-up fall along the way. ...

  • #6 Limberlost

    8 Reviews

    Nethers, VA

    This short walk is along a crushed greenstone surface.Both of these short, enjoyable jaunts offer spectacular views to the west of the surrounding mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. Both also ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  1.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This short walk is along a crushed greenstone surface.Both of these short, enjoyable jaunts offer spectacular views to the ...

  • #7 Mount Rogers Summit

    4 Reviews

    Troutdale, VA

    Dispense with the suspense right off: This 5,729-foot monolith of volcanic rock—third loftiest mountain in the Southern Appalachians—is not hard to climb. Yes, you must hike 7 miles to reach ...
    •  5 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Dispense with the suspense right off: This 5,729-foot monolith of volcanic rock—third loftiest mountain in the Southern Appalachians—is ...

  • #8 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 ...

  • #9 Appalachian Trail (VA) - Roanoke to Rockfish Gap (Segment 3)

    4 Reviews

    Roanoke, VA

    The Appalachian Trail once ran the crest of the Blue Ridge from Roanoke north to Rockfish Gap, until construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway pushed sections onto outlying peaks. That’s good news ...
    •  133.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Appalachian Trail once ran the crest of the Blue Ridge from Roanoke north to Rockfish Gap, until construction of the ...

  • #10 Dark Hollow Falls and Rose River Falls

    3 Reviews

    Luray, VA

    This loop hike is the best way to bag both Dark Hollow Falls and Rose River Falls. Most visitors reach Dark Hollow Falls via Skyline Drive. You will begin your trek on Rose River Fire Road, and ...
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop hike is the best way to bag both Dark Hollow Falls and Rose River Falls. Most visitors reach Dark Hollow Falls ...

  • #11 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 ...

  • #12 White Rock Falls

    4 Reviews

    Sherando, VA

    The Youth Conservation Corps built White Rock Falls Trail in 1979. Members of the Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club—who volunteer their time to do upkeep and repair on 10-plus miles of the Appalachian ...
    •  1.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Youth Conservation Corps built White Rock Falls Trail in 1979. Members of the Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club—who volunteer ...

  • #13 Waterfalls of the Southern Valley and Ridge Region

    3 Reviews

    Blacksburg, VA

    This region doesn’t have very many waterfalls, which seems a little unusual since most of it is mountainous. But what it lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality. If it had no ...
    •  Varies by waterfall (5 total)
    •  Guide

    This region doesn’t have very many waterfalls, which seems a little unusual since most of it is mountainous. But what it ...

  • #14 Wigwam Falls

    0 Reviews

    Grottoes, VA

    The 30-foot Wigwam Falls is convenient to the Blue Ridge Parkway and requires only a short hike. It is worth a visit if you are on the Parkway, especially in spring. To reach Wigwam Falls, ...
    •  0.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The 30-foot Wigwam Falls is convenient to the Blue Ridge Parkway and requires only a short hike. It is worth a visit if you ...

  • #15 Appalachian Trail (VA) - Rockfish Gap to Chester Gap (Segment 4)

    2 Reviews

    Waynesboro, VA

    Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail grew up together. Civilian Conservation Corps crews built Skyline Drive on right-of-ways carved by AT trail volunteers. The routes stay within ...
    •  107.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail grew up together. Civilian Conservation Corps crews built Skyline Drive ...

  • #16 Panther Falls

    1 Reviews

    Buena Vista, VA

    Panther Falls is on Pedlar River in the George Washington National Forest. The waterfall’s name harkens back to a time when panthers (often called mountain lions) roamed these parts. It would ...
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    Panther Falls is on Pedlar River in the George Washington National Forest. The waterfall’s name harkens back to a time when ...

  • #17 Big Run Loop

    6 Reviews

    Grottoes, VA

    A loop trail takes you through the hardwood forest and much park wilderness.
    •  2 to 4 hours
    •  5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A loop trail takes you through the hardwood forest and much park wilderness.

  • #18 Waterfalls of the Shenandoah National Park Region, Central District

    1 Reviews

    Warrenton, VA

    One of America’s most popular national parks, with nearly two million visitors annually, Shenandoah National Park is also one of the skinniest. The park lies atop the northern Virginia Blue Ridge ...
    •  Varies by waterfall (9 total)
    •  Guide

    One of America’s most popular national parks, with nearly two million visitors annually, Shenandoah National Park is also ...

  • #19 Lace Falls

    2 Reviews

    Buena Vista, VA

    Lace Falls is located at the Natural Bridge of Virginia, the state’s famous attraction that claims to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The incredible limestone formation, which is 215 ...
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Lace Falls is located at the Natural Bridge of Virginia, the state’s famous attraction that claims to be one of the Seven ...

  • #20 Humpback Rocks Recreation Area: Mileposts 5.8-6.0

    2 Reviews

    Lyndhurst, VA

    Just 5 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s first milepost, the Humpback Rocks Recreation Area provides a perfect introduction to the cultural and natural riches of this linear park. An i ...
    •  0.5-10 miles
    •  Guide

    Just 5 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s first milepost, the Humpback Rocks Recreation Area provides a perfect introduction ...