Best Trail Running in Virginia

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

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#1. 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
Published by Falcon Guides

#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)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#3. 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
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#4. 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)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#5. 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
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#6. Scotts Run Nature Preserve


Scotts Run Nature Preserve offers Northern Virginians a relaxing way to spend some time in a deep-forest atmosphere of oak, beech, and tulip poplar. The small streams that spill off high river bluffs…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
McLean, VA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. First Landing State Park


The ultimate surf-and-turf park, First Landing State Park is great for a tan—and far less crowded than the Atlantic beaches a few miles south. The “surf ” is the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, where it…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Virginia Beach, VA - Birding, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running - 6.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. 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
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#9. 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
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#10. Prince William Forest Park


Roughly 100 miles inland from Virginia’s coast, a geologic boundary called the fall line marks a change in the landscape. Here the sandy soil of Virginia’s coastal plain segues into the bedrock underl…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Dumfries, VA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 14.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Fort Hunt Park and Mount Vernon Trail


The hike starts with a loop through Fort Hunt Park and then leads to an out-and-back excursion on the Mount Vernon Trail, providing hikers with a lovely parkland outing along the Potomac River. Th…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Alexandria, VA - Hiking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking - 7.6 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#12. East Potomac Park and Jefferson Memorial


Extending south from the Mall, Potomac Park is just the place for a hike that features waterfront views of southwest Washington and northern Virginia, the Tidal Basin, memorials, golf and tennis court…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Arlington, VA - Hiking, Trail Running, Walking - 6.1 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#13. Columbia Island


Beginning at Theodore Roosevelt Island, this hike is a modified loop to maximize views and stops at points of interest along Columbia Island. Hidden in plain sight, the island lies on the Potomac Rive…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Arlington, VA - Hiking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking - 4.5 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#14. Riverbend Park


Riverbend Park is a cousin to Great Falls Park, also in Virginia, minus the crowds. It is an appealing alternative, particularly on a beautiful spring or fall day. Just north of its cousin on the Poto…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Great Falls, VA - Hiking, Trail Running - 2.5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#15. River and Matildaville Looop


Great Falls Park and its sibling across the Potomac River, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, are the best locations to view Great Falls and each provides a unique perspective of…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Great Falls, VA - Hiking, Trail Running - 2.75 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#16. Potomac Overlook Regional Park


Potomac Overlook Regional Park is tucked behind a neighborhood in Arlington on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River.…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Arlington, VA - Hiking, Trail Running - 2.7 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#17. Upton Hill Regional Park


Upton Hill Regional Park is one of the most popular parks in Northern Virginia because it offers trails, a playground, bocce ball and horseshoe courts, batting cages, miniature golf, picnic facilities…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Arlington, VA - Hiking, Trail Running - 0.8 mile
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#18. Wolf Trap Trail


While you are at this park, enjoy the short trail that bisects the meadow in the driveway circle. The NPS and volunteers have planted hundreds of native plants to provide an interpretive area for visi…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Vienna, VA - Hiking, Trail Running - 3.0 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#19. Huntley Meadows


Situated in Alexandria south of the beltway, Huntley Meadows provides a 1500-acre green space for hiking and nature watching—especially bird-watching. More than 200 species of birds either migrate thr…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Alexandria, VA - Hiking, Trail Running - 1.6 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#20. Beaver Pond and Great Blue Heron Trails


Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge was created in 1979 by Fort Belvoir to protect the land surrounding Accotink Bay on the Potomac River. The 1360-acre refuge has 12 miles of trails and is home to Accotink…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond"
Fort Belvoir, VA - Hiking, Trail Running - 1.5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books