Best Rail-Trails in Virginia

This list represents the most popular rail-trails in Virginia. Use this list to plan your next Virginia rail-trails 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 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 ...

  • #3 Huckleberry Trail

    3 Reviews

    Blacksburg, VA

    This absolutely gorgeous trail winds through plush pastures, quiet neighborhoods, and pocket woods in a region famous for its coal history. Spring is especially beautiful, with the blooming ...
    •  5.75 miles
    •  Guide

    This absolutely gorgeous trail winds through plush pastures, quiet neighborhoods, and pocket woods in a region famous for ...

  • #4 Cape Henry Trail (Main Trail)

    3 Reviews

    Virginia Beach, VA

    The Cape Henry Trail winds through First Landing/Seashore State Park to Virginia Beach’s oceanfront resort area, exploring a magical coastal environment of cypress swamps, bird-filled swales, ...
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Cape Henry Trail winds through First Landing/Seashore State Park to Virginia Beach’s oceanfront resort area, exploring ...

  • #5 Chessie Nature Trail

    1 Reviews

    Rockbridge County, VA

    Chessie Nature Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Rockbridge County, Virginia. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 865 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.1 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Chessie Nature Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Rockbridge County, Virginia. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 865 ...

  • #6 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, ...

  • #7 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 ...

  • #8 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 ...

  • #9 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 ...

  • #10 Jackson River Scenic Trail

    1 Reviews

    Covington, VA

    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 ...
    •  10.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Waterfalls, river views, rugged rock formations, vibrant fall foliage, and delicate flowers in the spring: these are the ...

  • #11 Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

    0 Reviews

    Piney River, VA

    The 6.9-mile Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail begins at VA 151 in Piney River, crosses over the Naked Creek Bridge, and then carries on to pass beneath US 29 and end at Tye River Depot. Note ...
    •  6.9 miles
    •  Guide

    The 6.9-mile Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail begins at VA 151 in Piney River, crosses over the Naked Creek Bridge, and ...

  • #12 James River Heritage Trail (Blackwater Creek Natural Area)

    0 Reviews

    Lynchburg, VA

    The James River Heritage Trail in the Blackwater Creek Natural Area is one of the premier urban trails in the state, passing through lush forest as well as the heart of historic, industrial downtown ...
    •  9.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The James River Heritage Trail in the Blackwater Creek Natural Area is one of the premier urban trails in the state, passing ...

  • #13 Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail

    0 Reviews

    Salem, VA

    Opened in 1999, the Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail in Salem (just outside of Roanoke) is associated with southern Virginia’s impressive Civil War history. The northern trailhead at Hanging Rock ...
    •  1.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Opened in 1999, the Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail in Salem (just outside of Roanoke) is associated with southern Virginia’s ...

  • #14 Richmond and Danville Rail-Trail

    0 Reviews

    Ringgold, VA

    The Richmond and Danville Rail-Trail follows part of the right-of-way of the old railroad of the same name, an important transportation corridor for the Confederacy during the Civil War. The ...
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Richmond and Danville Rail-Trail follows part of the right-of-way of the old railroad of the same name, an important ...

  • #15 High Bridge Trail

    0 Reviews

    Pamplin, VA

    The central feature for which the High Bridge Trail is named towers 107 feet above the mighty Appomattox River and stretches nearly 0.5 mile (2,418 feet) across it. The bridge’s breathtaking ...
    •  32.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The central feature for which the High Bridge Trail is named towers 107 feet above the mighty Appomattox River and stretches ...

  • #16 Wilderness Road Trail

    0 Reviews

    Jonesville, VA

    History runs deep along the Wilderness Road Trail, which roughly follows a path carved by Daniel Boone in April 1775. The path later became a route on the Louisville & Nashville Railroad before ...
    •  8.5 miles
    •  Guide

    History runs deep along the Wilderness Road Trail, which roughly follows a path carved by Daniel Boone in April 1775. The ...

  • #17 New River Trail State Park

    0 Reviews

    Galax, VA

    Southern Virginia’s New River Trail is one of America’s premier rail-trails; the U.S. Department of the Interior designated it as an official National Recreation Trail in 2002. It is also a state ...
    •  57 miles
    •  Guide

    Southern Virginia’s New River Trail is one of America’s premier rail-trails; the U.S. Department of the Interior designated ...

  • #18 Huckleberry Trail

    0 Reviews

    Blacksburg, VA

    In the early 1900s, a train line nicknamed the Huckleberry was built to transport coal and provide mail and passenger service to Blacksburg. The line was also used by the Corps of Cadets at Virginia ...
    •  7.9 miles
    •  Guide

    In the early 1900s, a train line nicknamed the Huckleberry was built to transport coal and provide mail and passenger service ...

  • #19 Devil’s Fork Loop Trail

    0 Reviews

    Gate City, VA

    The Devil’s Fork Loop Trail provides an impressively beautiful route through an old-growth hemlock and rhododendron forest. The trail is extremely challenging, with as many as 18 stream crossings ...
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    The Devil’s Fork Loop Trail provides an impressively beautiful route through an old-growth hemlock and rhododendron forest. ...

  • #20 Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail

    0 Reviews

    Whitetop, VA

    Nestled in the southwest corner of Virginia, you’ll find the bucolic Virginia Creeper Trail (VCT). Stretching almost 33 miles from near the North Carolina border through wooded areas, rolling ...
    •  32.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Nestled in the southwest corner of Virginia, you’ll find the bucolic Virginia Creeper Trail (VCT). Stretching almost 33 miles ...