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Best Trails of Virginia

hiking, road biking, mountain biking, walking, running

 

#1. Furnace Mountain / Trayfoot Mountain Overnight Loop
If you like mountaintop views and camping along streams, this loop is for you. Head north on the Appalachian Trail (AT) and turn west toward Austin Mountain, with many views of your destination. Camp ...
From the guidebook "Day & Overnight Hikes in Shenandoah National Park"
Hiking Trails
Waynesboro, VA - Hiking - 20.6 miles


#2. Appalachian Trail (VA) - Chester Gap to Harpers Ferry
The Blue Ridge of northern Virginia have none of the 4,000-foot-plus heights so plentiful on the AT farther south. Still, the northern Virginia leg is one exhausting climb after another. On open mount...
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia (Burnham)"
Hiking Trails
Front Royal, VA - Hiking - 54.4 miles


#3. Big Devils Stairs
This is a moderate hike with a great reward. The walking is easy, and the trails are used surprisingly little. The nearly level Bluff Trail takes you to the Big Devils Stairs canyon rim for a great vi...
From the guidebook "Day & Overnight Hikes in Shenandoah National Park"
Hiking Trails
Front Royal, VA - Hiking - 5.4 miles


#4. Whiteoak Canyon Falls
It's hard to keep track of all the falls at Whiteoak Canyon. There are six sequentially numbered falls, starting from the Blue Ridge and ending down at the base of the canyon. Whether or not you corre...
From the guidebook "Day & Overnight Hikes in Shenandoah National Park"
Hiking Trails
Madison, VA - Hiking - 5.6 miles


#5. Ramsey's Draft Wilderness
Welcome to a wilderness smorgasbord. Ten Appalachian knobs surround the rugged valley through which Ramsey’s Draft courses—the highest of which, Hardscrabble Knob, reaches 4,282 feet. Ramsey’s Draft T...
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia (Burnham)"
Hiking Trails
Staunton, VA - Hiking - 14.8 miles


#6. Appalachian Trail (VA) - Damascus to Marion
As an introduction to Virginia, it’s hard to top Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. The AT passes near the tallest mountains in the state. Close to the summit of Mount Rogers, wild ponies graze in...
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia (Burnham)"
Hiking Trails
Damascus, VA - Hiking - 63.8 miles


#7. Old Rag - Shenandoah National Park
Old Rag is so popular, the park has special rules for recreational use. There’s a fee to park and use the trails on certain weekends and holidays during summer and fall. What’s the attraction? Old Rag...
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia (Burnham)"
Hiking Trails
Sperryville, VA - Hiking - 15.4 miles


#8. Difficult Run - Reston to Great Falls National Park
This 12-mile point-to-point route from Reston, Virginia, to Great Falls National Park may define what could someday become a new form of non-paved trail systems through the ever-growing and increasing...
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Area"
Hiking Trails
Reston, VA - Mountain Biking - 24 miles


#9. Luray and Shenandoah National Park Waterfalls
When the time came to decide on a location for the headquarters of Shenandoah National Park, the National Park Service selected Luray. An administrative history report explains that Luray was selected...
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge"
Hiking Trails
Luray, VA - Waterfalls


#10. Big Schloss
In German, schloss means “castle.” In Virginian-speak, schloss can only refer to one geologic wonder, a towering outcrop of sandstone on Mill Mountain. Big Schloss is a popular day trip from Wolf Gap ...
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia (Burnham)"
Hiking Trails
Wardensville, VA - Hiking - 19.5 miles


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