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.

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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. 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

#3. Peaks of Otter-Mileposts 83.1-85.9


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 summit…
From the guidebook "Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway"
Buchanan, VA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 0.8-5.8 miles
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#4. 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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#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)
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#6. Stephens Trail


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 towers…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Edinburg, VA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 8.5 miles
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#7. 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
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#8. Fridley Gap


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 find Fr…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Shenandoah, VA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 9.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. St. Mary's Wilderness


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 of the…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Vesuvius, VA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 10.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#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
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#11. 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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#12. 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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#13. 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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#14. Wintergreen Ski Resort


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 Washi…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic"
Waynesboro, VA - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. 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

#16. North Fork Moormans River


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 the w…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
White Hall, VA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking - 3.2 miles
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#17. 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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#18. Prince William Forest Park


Prince William Forest Park was one of forty-six recreation demonstration projects dating to the Great Depression of the 7930s that restored land considered unprofitable for farming.…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Washington D.C."
Triangle, VA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Trail Running - 15.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Abbott Lake Trail (Milepost 85.6)


Abbott Lake is the centerpiece of the 4,200-acre Peaks of Otter Recreation Area, one of the Parkway’s most highly recommended places to spend a day or stop for the night. The Peaks of Otter Lodge, on…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway"
Bedford, VA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 1-1.7 miles
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