Virginia - Outdoor Activities

Virginia has approximately 2,067 trails, including 1,443 hiking trails and 807 for walking. These trails range from 0 to 190.3 miles in length. The most popular trails are Old Rag Fire Road, Appalachian Trail (VA) - Damascus to Marion (Segment 1) and Mount Rogers Summit. The last Trails.com member to complete a trail in Virginia was Lauren who completed Warm Springs Mountain Trail.

  • Old Rag Fire Road

    27 Reviews

    Shenandoah National Park, VA

    Old Rag Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Madison County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 4.3 miles long and begins at 3,329 feet altitude. Traveling the ...
    •  4.3 miles

    Old Rag Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Madison County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. ...

  • 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 ...

  • Limberlost

    8 Reviews

    Nethers, VA

    This short walk is along a crushed greenstone surface.Both of these short, enjoyable jaunts offer spectacular views to the west of the surrounding mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. Both also ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  1.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This short walk is along a crushed greenstone surface.Both of these short, enjoyable jaunts offer spectacular views to the ...

  • Crabtree Falls-Milepost 27.2

    8 Reviews

    Tyro, VA

    One of the South’s best waterfall walks also has barrier- free access. Various publications describe this falls as the “highest in Eastern America,” the “highest in Virginia,” and the “highest ...
    •  2.6-6 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the South’s best waterfall walks also has barrier- free access. Various publications describe this falls as the “highest ...

  • Big Meadows Campground

    7 Reviews

    Shenandoah, VA

    Big Meadows is Shenandoah National Park’s largest treeless area, encompassing a barren plateau that is approximately 640 acres. It’s believed that American Indians cleared the area to create ...
    •  Guide

    Big Meadows is Shenandoah National Park’s largest treeless area, encompassing a barren plateau that is approximately 640 ...

  • Appalachian Trail (VA) - Damascus to Marion (Segment 1)

    7 Reviews

    Damascus, VA

    It takes a northbound thru-hiker about six weeks to reach Virginia on the Appalachian Trail. Once here, there are another six weeks of difficult and rewarding trail ahead before the hiker exits ...
    •  63.8 miles
    •  Guide

    It takes a northbound thru-hiker about six weeks to reach Virginia on the Appalachian Trail. Once here, there are another ...

  • 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 ...

  • Rapidan Camp–Laurel Prong–Hazeltop Loop

    6 Reviews

    Stanley, VA

    A moderately difficult hike leads to a falls, to the retreat of a former US president, and returns along one of the park’s higher and more geologically interesting peaks.
    •  4 to 8 hours
    •  7.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A moderately difficult hike leads to a falls, to the retreat of a former US president, and returns along one of the park’s ...

  • Big Run Loop

    6 Reviews

    Grottoes, VA

    A loop trail takes you through the hardwood forest and much park wilderness.
    •  2 to 4 hours
    •  5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A loop trail takes you through the hardwood forest and much park wilderness.

  • Appalachian Trail (VA) - Chester Gap to Harpers Ferry (Segment 5)

    6 Reviews

    Front Royal, VA

    The Blue Ridge of northern Virginia have none of the 4,000-foot-plus heights so plentiful on the Appalachian Trail farther south. Still, the northern Virginia leg is one exhausting climb after ...
    •  54.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Blue Ridge of northern Virginia have none of the 4,000-foot-plus heights so plentiful on the Appalachian Trail farther ...

  • Wakefield Park / Accotink Trail

    6 Reviews

    Annandale, VA

    Wakefield Park is quite possibly the most popular mountain-bike destination in the Metro Washington, D.C., area. Its close proximity to the Capital Beltway makes it a popular destination for ...
    •  1 hour
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Wakefield Park is quite possibly the most popular mountain-bike destination in the Metro Washington, D.C., area. Its close ...

  • Douthat State Park

    5 Reviews

    Clifton Forge, VA

    There are 24 different trails to choose from in the park, totaling more than 40 miles of rideable terrain. The variety of "magic" mountain bike trails, as some have called them, has lead to the ...
    •  Varies by routes chosen
    •  40 miles
    •  Guide

    There are 24 different trails to choose from in the park, totaling more than 40 miles of rideable terrain. The variety of ...

  • Carvins Cove Reservoir

    5 Reviews

    Roanoke, VA

    This ride's general location is just outside the city of Roanoke in Botetourt County. Scenery includes dense woods with a lakeside picnic area. The only section of Carvins Cove on which it is ...
    •  14.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This ride's general location is just outside the city of Roanoke in Botetourt County. Scenery includes dense woods with a ...

  • False Cape State Park / Back Bay Wildlife Refuge

    5 Reviews

    Virginia Beach, VA

    Barrier islands serve as an ecological first line of defense for our shores. Storms batter them, waves wear them down, wind strips them clean. Tucked out of harm’s way behind the islands lie ...
    •  7 hours
    •  14.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Barrier islands serve as an ecological first line of defense for our shores. Storms batter them, waves wear them down, wind ...

  • Hazel Mountain Trail

    5 Reviews

    Shenandoah National Park, VA

    Hazel Mountain Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Rappahannock County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 2,846 feet altitude. Traveling the ...
    •  4.0 miles

    Hazel Mountain Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Rappahannock County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. ...

  • 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 ...

  • Saddleback Mountain

    5 Reviews

    Newtown, VA

    This circuit hike passes an Appalachian Trail maintenance hut, threads through a forest that is growing back after decades of farming, and concludes by passing through tangles of large trees ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  3.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This circuit hike passes an Appalachian Trail maintenance hut, threads through a forest that is growing back after decades ...

  • Three Ridges

    5 Reviews

    Lovingston, VA

    The term wilderness conjures visions of craggy peaks and untamed woodland far from the beaten track. Virginia’s newest designated wilderness area, Three Ridges and The Priest region, isn’t quite ...
    •  10 hours
    •  13.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The term wilderness conjures visions of craggy peaks and untamed woodland far from the beaten track. Virginia’s newest designated ...

  • 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 ...

  • North Anna Battlefield Park

    5 Reviews

    Ruther Glen, VA

    North of Motts Run Reservoir, trails lace the hillside, looking out across the lake. Undulating terrain and towering forest belie the tightknit nature of the trail system, which can be customized ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.25 miles
    •  Guide

    North of Motts Run Reservoir, trails lace the hillside, looking out across the lake. Undulating terrain and towering forest ...

  • C&O Canal National Historic Park

    5 Reviews

    Georgetown, VA

    This ride's general location is between Georgetown in Washington, D.C., and Cumberland, Maryland, along the Potomac River. Scenery includes splendid views of the wide Potomac River, forests, ...
    •  185 miles
    •  Guide

    This ride's general location is between Georgetown in Washington, D.C., and Cumberland, Maryland, along the Potomac River. ...

  • Brush Mountain

    4 Reviews

    Blacksburg, VA

    Brush Mountain has become, for nearly all off-road cyclists in this area, the quintessential mountain biking haven. Its proximity to town and campus- the mountain is cycling distance from the ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  8.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Brush Mountain has become, for nearly all off-road cyclists in this area, the quintessential mountain biking haven. Its proximity ...

  • Virginia's Creeper Trail

    4 Reviews

    Damascus, VA

    This linear trail runs from Green Cove near the farthest eastern point of Tennessee through the town of Damascus and on to the city of Abingdon. Scenery includes scenic Laurel Creek as it tumbles ...
    •  33.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This linear trail runs from Green Cove near the farthest eastern point of Tennessee through the town of Damascus and on to ...

  • Riprap Trail

    4 Reviews

    Crimora, VA

    This series of trails crosses some of the park’s more strenuous, pristine, and inspiring features.
    •  10 hours or overnight (backcountry permit required)
    •  9.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This series of trails crosses some of the park’s more strenuous, pristine, and inspiring features.

  • Mount Rogers Summit

    4 Reviews

    Troutdale, VA

    Dispense with the suspense right off: This 5,729-foot monolith of volcanic rock—third loftiest mountain in the Southern Appalachians—is not hard to climb. Yes, you must hike 7 miles to reach ...
    •  5 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Dispense with the suspense right off: This 5,729-foot monolith of volcanic rock—third loftiest mountain in the Southern Appalachians—is ...

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