Best Walking in Virginia

This list represents the most popular walking in Virginia. Use this list to plan your next Virginia walking 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. Bald Cypress Trail, Virginia Beach


First Landing/Seashore State Park is an ecological jewel in the midst of the heavily populated northern part of Virginia Beach. Almost 20 miles of trails wind through 2,800 acres of maritime forest, b…
From the guidebook "Walking Virginia Beach"
Virginia Beach, VA - Walking - 1.5 miles BestWalking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#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. 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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#5. 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

#6. Mount Trashmore Park


Mount Trashmore Park was the first landfill park in the world. It was conceived during the 1960s, when ecological consciousness was increasing. Opened to the public in 1973, the park continues to brin…
From the guidebook "Walking Virginia Beach"
Virginia Beach, VA - Walking - 2 miles BestWalking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. The Courthouse, Virginia Beach


The Virginia Beach Municipal Center may seem misplaced, since it is not near the commercial centers of the city. However, a look at a map shows that it is actually in the geographic heart of the city.…
From the guidebook "Walking Virginia Beach"
Virginia Beach, VA - Walking - 1.25 miles BestWalking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. Huntley Meadows Park


Huntley Meadows Park is a huge nature preserve located in southern Fairfax County. It’s a great place to take a short hike and spend a lot of time observing wildlife, especially birds. Covering 1,5…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Alexandria, VA - Hiking, Walking - 2 miles
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#9. Norfolk


Along this walk, you will see the bustling central business district, the scenic waterfront, charming historic neighborhoods, and some of the other attractions that draw visitors and area residents to…
From the guidebook "Walking Virginia Beach"
Norfolk, VA - Walking - 4 miles
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#10. 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
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#11. Colonial Williamsburg


This walk leads you through the streets of the colonial capital. You will see where early Americans lived, shopped, worshipped, and enacted laws to govern the English colony and later the American sta…
From the guidebook "Walking Virginia Beach"
Williamsburg, VA - Walking - 2.5 miles
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#12. Back Bay, Virginia Beach


Depending on the season, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge can be a bird watcher’s paradise. Nearly 300 species of birds have been observed around the beaches, bays, and marshes of the refuge. Situate…
From the guidebook "Walking Virginia Beach"
Virginia Beach, VA - Walking - 1 mile
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#13. 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
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#14. Winkler Botanical Preserve


A private nature sanctuary hidden in western Alexandria, Winkler Botanical Preserve is a lovely and unusual place to take a mini hike in the city while feeling like you are far from it. The Winkler Bo…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Alexandria, VA - Hiking, Walking - 0.9 mile
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#15. Rudee Inlet


At the south end of the Virginia Beach resort and hotel area, known as “The Strip,” you will find a wide, sandy beach enjoyed year-round by surfers, strollers, anglers, and sun seekers. Sea gulls and…
From the guidebook "Walking Virginia Beach"
Virginia Beach, VA - Walking - 2 miles
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#16. 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

#17. The North End, Virginia Beach


The North End, as locals call the neighborhoods in the northeastern corner of the city, is one of the most prestigious addresses in Virginia Beach. Residents have fiercely protected the area from comm…
From the guidebook "Walking Virginia Beach"
Virginia Beach, VA - Walking - 6 miles
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#18. Jamestown


The first representative legislative assembly in North America met in Jamestown 12 years after the town was founded. Jamestown remained the colonial capital until 1698, when a fire burned the statehou…
From the guidebook "Walking Virginia Beach"
Jamestown, VA - Walking - 1.25 miles
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#19. Elizabeth River, Virginia Beach


Smack in the middle of the most populated area of the city, this walk through the woods and along the eastern branch of the Elizabeth River will introduce you to a rich ecosystem brimming with freshwa…
From the guidebook "Walking Virginia Beach"
Virginia Beach, VA - Walking - 2 miles
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#20. First Landing and First Lighthouse, Virginia Beach


Named for a son of King James of England, Cape Henry has become known as the site of the “first landing” of English settlers in the New World. Those settlers went on to found the first permanent Engli…
From the guidebook "Walking Virginia Beach"
Virginia Beach, VA - Walking - 1 mile
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