Best Cross-Country Skiing in Virginia

This list represents the most popular cross-country skiing in Virginia. Use this list to plan your next Virginia cross-country skiing 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 Peaks of Otter-Mileposts 83.1-85.9

    5 Reviews

    Buchanan, VA

    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 ...
    •  0.8-5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #3 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 ...

  • #4 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 ...

  • #5 Stephens Trail

    4 Reviews

    Edinburg, VA

    Camp Roosevelt opened in 1933 as America’s first Civilian Conservation Corps camp. Living in tents and earning $30 a week, unemployed men built the roads, campgrounds, picnic shelters, and fire ...
    •  5 hours
    •  8.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Camp Roosevelt opened in 1933 as America’s first Civilian Conservation Corps camp. Living in tents and earning $30 a week, ...

  • #6 Scotts Run Nature Preserve

    2 Reviews

    McLean, VA

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Scotts Run Nature Preserve offers Northern Virginians a relaxing way to spend some time in a deep-forest atmosphere of oak, ...

  • #7 Fridley Gap

    3 Reviews

    Shenandoah, VA

    Some days, you can hike for miles and feel like you never left the parking lot. Other times, it can feel like you walked through four different worlds in a single afternoon. Thankfully, you’ll ...
    •  5 hours
    •  9.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Some days, you can hike for miles and feel like you never left the parking lot. Other times, it can feel like you walked ...

  • #8 St. Mary's Wilderness

    3 Reviews

    Vesuvius, VA

    There are two types of Virginia hikers: those who have visited St. Mary’s Wilderness and those who soon will; more people visit this 10,000-acre plot of protected wild land on the western slope ...
    •  7 hours
    •  10.6 miles
    •  Guide

    There are two types of Virginia hikers: those who have visited St. Mary’s Wilderness and those who soon will; more people ...

  • #9 Chessie Nature Trail

    1 Reviews

    Lexington, VA

    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. ...
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    This genteel trail along the Maury River features spectacular limestone cliffs, riots of wildflowers, wineberries growing ...

  • #10 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, ...

  • #11 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 ...

  • #12 Wintergreen Ski Resort

    0 Reviews

    Waynesboro, VA

    Considering Virginia’s limited scope of alpine skiing, Wintergreen is indisputably the state’s most varied ski resort. Situated within 11,000 acres of pristine woodlands and the expansive George ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  Guide

    Considering Virginia’s limited scope of alpine skiing, Wintergreen is indisputably the state’s most varied ski resort. Situated ...

  • #13 Prince William Forest Park

    2 Reviews

    Dumfries, VA

    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 ...
    •  5 hours
    •  14.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Roughly 100 miles inland from Virginia’s coast, a geologic boundary called the fall line marks a change in the landscape. ...

  • #14 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 ...

  • #15 North Fork Moormans River

    0 Reviews

    White Hall, VA

    North Fork Moormans River runs a modest path down the foothills of the Blue Ridge along Shenandoah National Park’s east boundary. Fly fishers work the stocked waters. Hikers push upstream toward ...
    •  3 hours
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    North Fork Moormans River runs a modest path down the foothills of the Blue Ridge along Shenandoah National Park’s east boundary. ...

  • #16 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 ...

  • #17 Mount Marshall Road

    3 Reviews

    Shenandoah National Park, VA

    Mount Marshall Road is a hiking trail in Rappahannock County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 5.0 miles long and begins at 2,427 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail ...
    •  5.0 miles

    Mount Marshall Road is a hiking trail in Rappahannock County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 5.0 ...

  • #18 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 ...

  • #19 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 ...

  • #20 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 ...