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.

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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. 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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#3. Huckleberry Trail


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 dogwood…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Blacksburg, VA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking - 5.75 miles BestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Cape Henry Trail (Main Trail)


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, exotic l…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Virginia Beach, VA - Birding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running - 6 miles
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#5. 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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#6. 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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#7. 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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#8. 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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#9. Devil’s Fork Loop Trail


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 (at…
From the guidebook "Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic"
Gate City, VA - Rail-Trails - 7 miles
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#10. Guest River Gorge Trail


The Guest River Gorge Trail meanders beside 300- million-year-old sandstone cliffs that plunge 400 feet to the pristine waters below. The Guest River, now designated as a state scenic river, tunnel…
From the guidebook "Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic"
Wise, VA - Rail-Trails - 5.8 miles
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#11. Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail


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 was th…
From the guidebook "Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic"
Salem, VA - Rail-Trails - 1.7 miles
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#12. High Bridge Trail


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 view of…
From the guidebook "Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic"
Pamplin, VA - Rail-Trails - 32.4 miles
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#13. Huckleberry Trail


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…
From the guidebook "Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic"
Blacksburg, VA - Rail-Trails - 7.9 miles
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#14. 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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#15. James River Heritage Trail (Blackwater Creek Natural Area)


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 L…
From the guidebook "Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic"
Lynchburg, VA - Rail-Trails - 9.5 miles
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#16. Lake Accotink Trail


In Northern Virginia’s suburban community of Springfield, Lake Accotink Park provides a wilderness escape amid the city surroundings. The 500-acre park features picnic areas, miniature golf, an antiqu…
From the guidebook "Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic"
Springfield, VA - Rail-Trails - 4.5 miles
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#17. Little Stony National Recreation Trail


If you’re looking for an easy trip, the Little Stony National Recreation Trail in Jefferson National Forest is the perfect alternative to the nearby Devil’s Fork Loop (see page 73). Devil’s Fork Loo…
From the guidebook "Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic"
Gate City, VA - Rail-Trails - 2.8 miles
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#18. Mount Vernon Trail


The 18-mile Mount Vernon Trail is one of the Washington, D.C., metro area’s most popular trails. Just across the Potomac River from D.C. in Virginia, the trail links Theodore Roosevelt Island Park wit…
From the guidebook "Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic"
Arlington, VA - Rail-Trails - 18 miles
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#19. New River Trail State Park


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 park…
From the guidebook "Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic"
Galax, VA - Rail-Trails - 57 miles
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#20. Richmond and Danville Rail-Trail


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 railroad…
From the guidebook "Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic"
Ringgold, VA - Rail-Trails - 5.5 miles
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