Virginia - Outdoor Activities

Virginia has approximately 1,570 trails, including 1,043 hiking trails and 402 for trail running. These trails range from 0 to 190.3 miles in length. The most popular trails are Appalachian Trail (VA) - Damascus to Marion (Segment 1), Mount Rogers Summit and Appalachian Trail (VA) - Chester Gap to Harpers Ferry (Segment 5). The last Trails.com member to complete a trail in Virginia was Carlos R. who completed Old Mill Bicycle Trail.

  • New River Trail State ParkView Trail Details

    14 Reviews

    Galax, VA

    •  57 miles
    •  Guide

    Following one of the world’s oldest rivers, the spectacular New River Trail—a linear state park—explores an especially remote corner of Virginia, ...

  • Old RagView Trail Details

    13 Reviews

    Syria, VA

    • Hiking  
    •  7-8 hours
    •  7.4 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • Old RagView Trail Details

    12 Reviews

    Sperryville, VA

    • Hiking  
    •  10 hours
    •  9.2 miles
    •  Guide

    A climb to the top of one of the park’s most famous peaks presents incredible views from the summit. The rocks of Old Rag are among the park’s ...

  • LimberlostView Trail Details

    8 Reviews

    Nethers, VA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 west of the surrounding ...

  • Crabtree Falls-Milepost 27.2View Trail Details

    8 Reviews

    Tyro, VA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 in Eastern America,” ...

  • Big Meadows CampgroundView Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Shenandoah, VA

    • Campgrounds  
    •  Guide

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

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

    7 Reviews

    Damascus, VA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 six weeks of difficult ...

  • Virginia Creeper National Recreational TrailView Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Abingdon, VA

    •  34.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Beginning atop Whitetop Mountain, this spellbinding trail zips down the wild mountainside, over wooded canyons, beside fish-filled streams, to ...

  • Rapidan Camp–Laurel Prong–Hazeltop LoopView Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Stanley, VA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 higher and more geologically ...

  • Big Run LoopView Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Grottoes, VA

    • Hiking  
    •  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)View Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Front Royal, VA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 south. Still, the ...

  • Wakefield Park / Accotink TrailView Trail Details

    6 Reviews

    Annandale, VA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  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 proximity to the Capital ...

  • Douthat State ParkView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Clifton Forge, VA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  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 "magic" mountain bike ...

  • Carvins Cove ReservoirView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Roanoke, VA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  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 lakeside picnic area. ...

  • False Cape State Park / Back Bay Wildlife RefugeView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Virginia Beach, VA

    •  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 strips them clean. ...

  • Saddleback MountainView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Newtown, VA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 of farming, and concludes ...

  • Three RidgesView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Lovingston, VA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 wilderness ...

  • Peaks of Otter-Mileposts 83.1-85.9View Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Buchanan, VA

    •  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 for the night. This ...

  • North Anna Battlefield ParkView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Ruther Glen, VA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 belie the tightknit ...

  • C&O Canal National Historic ParkView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Georgetown, VA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  185 miles
    •  Guide

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

  • Brush MountainView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Blacksburg, VA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  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 to town and ...

  • Virginia's Creeper TrailView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Damascus, VA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  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 the city of Abingdon. ...

  • Riprap TrailView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Crimora, VA

    •  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 SummitView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Troutdale, VA

    •  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 not hard ...

  • Appalachian Trail (VA) - Roanoke to Rockfish Gap (Segment 3)View Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Roanoke, VA

    • Hiking  
    •  133.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Appalachian Trail once ran the crest of the Blue Ridge from Roanoke north to Rockfish Gap, until construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway pushed ...