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.

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#1. Old Rag


Old Rag is so popular, the park has special rules for recreational use. There’s a fee to park and use the trails on certain weekends and holidays during summer and fall. What’s the attraction? Old Rag…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Syria, VA - Hiking - 7.4 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in va - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Old Rag


A climb to the top of one of the park’s most famous peaks presents incredible views from the summit. The rocks of Old Rag are among the park’s oldest. Billions of years ago, the granite that forms th…
From the guidebook "Hiking Shenandoah National Park"
Sperryville, VA - Hiking - 9.2 miles Best Trail in va - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Crabtree Falls-Milepost 27.2


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 in the…
From the guidebook "Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway"
Tyro, VA - Hiking - 2.6-6 miles Best Trail in va - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Appalachian Trail (VA) - Chester Gap to Harpers Ferry (Segment 5)


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 anothe…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Front Royal, VA - Hiking - 54.5 miles Best Trail in va - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Appalachian Trail (VA) - Damascus to Marion (Segment 1)


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 Virgin…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Damascus, VA - Hiking - 63.8 miles Best Trail in va - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. Overall Run Falls and Twin Falls


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, and wend…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains "
Bentonville, VA - Hiking - 6.8 miles Best Trail in va - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Limberlost


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 offer…
From the guidebook "Hiking Shenandoah National Park"
Nethers, VA - Hiking - 1.3 miles Best Trail in va - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. Mount Rogers Summit


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 it from G…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Troutdale, VA - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 9 miles Best Trail in va - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#9. Great Falls Park


Land and history are interwoven throughout Great Falls Park—the spot where George Washington championed a canal to skirt the Potomac River’s 77-foot “great falls.” This may be metropolitan DC, but bey…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Great Falls, VA - Climbing, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 5.1 miles
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#10. Appalachian Trail (VA) - Roanoke to Rockfish Gap (Segment 3)


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 for hi…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Roanoke, VA - Hiking - 133.4 miles
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#11. Dark Hollow Falls and Rose River Falls


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 gently…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains "
Luray, VA - Hiking - 4 miles BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#12. 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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#13. Apple Orchard Falls Trail and Cornelius Creek Circuit-Milepost 78.4


The Forest Service is justly proud of this waterfall circuit that features two scenic, well-maintained National Recreation Trails and spectacular Apple Orchard Falls. This figure- eight trail system e…
From the guidebook "Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway"
Buchanan, VA - Birding, Hiking - 1.5-7.6 miles
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#14. Peaks of Otter-Mileposts 83.1-85.9


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 summit…
From the guidebook "Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway"
Buchanan, VA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 0.8-5.8 miles
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#15. White Rock Falls


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…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains "
Sherando, VA - Hiking - 1.8 miles BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#16. Lewis Spring Falls


Don’t forget to bring your camera, so you can capture the visual features along this high-country waterfall walk. The loop takes place near the busy Big Meadows area, with its park lodge, visitor cent…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains "
Shenandoah National Park, VA - Hiking - 3.4 miles BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#17. Waterfalls of the Southern Valley and Ridge Region


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 other fal…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia: A Hiking & Photography Guide"
Blacksburg, VA - Hiking, Scenic Drives BestHiking, Scenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#18. Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial


The close-in Potomac River Island is a self-contained parkland with impressive views of Georgetown and Rosslyn. It features the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial and nature preserve, along with a picturesqu…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Arlington, VA - Hiking, Trail Running, Walking - 2.8 miles
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#19. Cedar Run Falls


This hike leads you into rugged upper Cedar Run Canyon. The trail down to the main falls is steep. However, aquatic rewards are many along the way—you pass innumerable cascades spilling down the narro…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains "
Shenandoah National Park, VA - Hiking - 3.4 miles BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#20. Riverbend Park and the Potomac Heritage Trail


Enjoy woodland, pond, and river vistas and a family-friendly experience in this grand Potomac River setting in Fairfax County. Only about 20 miles from the White House, Riverbend Park and its neighbor…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Great Falls, VA - Hiking, Walking - 3.2 miles Best Trail in va - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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