Hiking in Virginia

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Mount Vernon Trail
Mount Vernon Trail
Alexandria, Virginia, United States
 
Easy: 18.0 miles, Half day
This trail runs from beautiful Mount Vernon, George Washington's home, to the stunning monuments of Washington D.C.

You will not believe how scenic some portions of this trail are. Whether you visit during spring, summer, winter, or fall, you'll see some gorgeous riverfront scenery and enjoy some unique and interesting stops along the way. Fortunately this trail is fairly easy to do out and back in one day, especially if you spend some recuperation time at Mount...
Pyrite Mine Loop - Prince William Forest Park
Pyrite Mine Loop - Prince William Forest Park
Dumfries, Virginia, United States
 
Moderate: 7.6 miles, Half day
Ruins, waterfalls, deers + much more!

Come explore the Pyrite mine ruins! ..and catch some terrific waterfalls, wildlife, and a good hike. Not for hiking? Put on the bathing suite and bring an innertube and float away on the river (nice and slow). The trail is approximately 8 miles, it is rated moderate for the length. The trail starts out with small steep sections, and plenty...
Bull Run Mountain Conservatory
Bull Run Mountain Conservatory
Beverely Mill, Virginia, United States
 
Moderate: 6.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Uncrowded, tons of buildings to explore, and yes a Civil War Trail too!

Chapman's mill and small office building located right next door, follow the fence by the parking lot along the railroad tracks to them, indicated as points 2,5 on this guide. Chapman's mill is pretty amazing, still lots of gears and things to see inside, a small river nearby. Starting on the trail, do it clockwise so you can get the uphill portion...
Scotts Run Nature Preserve - Hike to Enjoy the Waterfall and River
Moderate: 4.0 miles, 1-3 hours
A Moderate 4 Mile Trek

This hike features river views, a waterfall, wildflowers, amphibian breeding areas in spring, and some pretty interesting ruins as well. It includes palisades along the Potomac and the rocky lower end of Scotts Run." Copyright 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC Published by Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved. Visitors have flocked to...
Great Falls Park to Riverbend Park
Great Falls Park to Riverbend Park
McLean, Virginia, United States
 
Moderate: 9.2 miles, Full day
Wonderfully scenic trail at Great Falls Park, Virginia.

This figure-8 hike encompassed the narrow, rocky River Trail south from the Great Falls Visitor Center, and looped around. Lunch was held at the Riverbend Park Visitor’s center with comfortable deck seating and full view of the Potomac. The Terrain is mostly flat, and some rolling hills. One small rock scramble on the River Trail, as well as two to...
Goodwin Gold Mine - Lee Anna State Park
Goodwin Gold Mine - Lee Anna State Park
White Owl Landing, Virginia, United States
 
Moderate: 7.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Gold mine ruins, sawmill well + plenty of quiet!

Go panning for gold! This hike explores the Goodwin Gold Mine back in the 1800's which was one of many in the area! There are also Sawmill ruins and other things to explore here. The trail starts out on the flat Mill pond trail and takes us to a feeder of the large lake in the area, at this location was the site of Haileys mill (which was destroyed...
Cedar Run Loop - White Oak Canyon
Cedar Run Loop - White Oak Canyon
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, United States
 
Difficult: 8.0 miles, Full day
Waterfalls galore at Shenandoah National Park

This is a great hike located in shenadoah NP, not too far from Old Rag. If you've done Old Rag you can probably do this one too. Its about 8 miles for this loop and a bit more strenuous than Old Rag (more stair stepping). There are two parking lots that intersect this trail, one on skyline drive south of big meadows, and one that needs to be accessed...
Mason Neck Wildlife Refuge Loop and Beach Walk
Mason Neck Wildlife Refuge Loop and Beach Walk
Lorton, Virginia, United States
 
Easy: 2.3 miles, 1-3 hours
Walk along the beach, watch for Eagles!

Walk along the beach while spotting for Eagles! Many beautiful birds in this national wildlife refuge make it a great hike. This hike covers 3 trails and is done in a loop configuration. With an easy 2.3 mile length, and flatness--it is an easy hike to complete. There is a shelter at point 6 in case you bring a packed lunch--with a view. It...
Wildcat Mountain  Natural Area
Wildcat Mountain Natural Area
Meadowville, Virginia, United States
 
Moderate: 3.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Solitude along with some settler houses

Settler house ruins and solitude make for a great day! This hike is located right off of I-66, west of Gainesville. starting the hike, grab a trail map from the board in the parking lot, there are some extra trails that you can add onto your hike making it longer. The first part of the hike is strenuous as you have to climb over the 1st ridge...
Meadowood Nature Conservatory
Meadowood Nature Conservatory
Lorton, Virginia, United States
 
Easy: 2.8 miles, 1-3 hours
Solitude, and great remote picnic area!

Solitude, and a nice remote lunch spot! Thanks to the local Girlscouts for the work they have done in this nature area! This trail has tons of unique plants, a very diverse ecosystem with plenty of animals to see. Starting on an open field, the hike goes through the openness passing some small BLM-owned buildings. To the right of the 1st intersection...
Windsor castle in Historic Smithfield Virginia
Windsor castle in Historic Smithfield Virginia
Smithfield, Virginia, United States
 
Easy: 3.1 miles, 1-3 hours
An easy stroll through a historically significant, lush, wooded trail.

This easy hike takes has several routes to make the trip as long or short as you want. There's picnic tables and even a fenced dog park along the way. Smithfield is home to Smithfield Farms which is in the shameful business of slaughtering pigs. After your hike, drive down the road to the Isle of Wight. There's a real working stockade and a hanging...
Bull Run Mountains State Natural Area Preserve Hike
Bull Run Mountains State Natural Area Preserve Hike
Beverley Mill, Virginia, United States
 
Moderate: 6.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Day hike on the trails of the Bull Run Mountains State Natural Area.

Very clearly marked trails by posts with colors and numbers. Views of the Chapman Mill Ruins, Home and Dawson's Cemetary. There is also historical significance of the area. Chapman's Mill was built in 1742 by Jonathan and Nathaniel Chapman, a father/son partnership from an enterprising, well-connected colonial family. enlarged in 1758, the mill...
Dark Hollow Falls, Shenandoah National Park
Dark Hollow Falls, Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, United States
 
Moderate: 0.7 miles, 1-3 hours
Join Rob and Ann Simpson as you explore the natural and cultural history of the park. Learn more at www.NaturePods.com

Dark Hollow Falls is one of the closest scenic falls to the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Naturalists and photographers Ann and Rob Simpson join NaturePods and EveryTrail to share their love of the natural and cultural history of this very special area. Learn about the CCC, black bears, wildflowers, and enjoy the falls as President...
Hollow Brook - Buzzard Hill
Hollow Brook - Buzzard Hill
Ashby Run, Virginia, United States
 
Moderate: 3.6 miles, 1-3 hours
Great waterfall, ruins, and campsites on summit

Great hike along part of the AT, with a sidetrail to a very unique waterfall and ruins!! This hike takes you along part of the AT to the summit of Buzzard Hill. Along the way you'll experience a stream crossing, 2 ridge climbs, a very unique water fall with lots of interesting features, and the ruins of a cabin. The hike is loaded with 3 possible...
Virginius Island - Harpers Ferry
Virginius Island - Harpers Ferry
Harpers Ferry, Virginia, United States
 
Easy: 1.3 miles, 1 hour or less
Great history walk along the banks, ruins

a great history hike with tons of ruins and artifacts! this flat, easy trail goes along the banks of the Shenandoah river and a railway as you visit the water ductworks of a once active mill site. Interpretive signs show pictures of the day. There are other loops to make this trail longer. Civil war reenactments are often nearby in the park. This...
Civil War Era Home Ruins Loop - Leesylvania State Park
Civil War Era Home Ruins Loop - Leesylvania State Park
Leesylvania State Park, Virginia, United States
 
Easy: 2.1 miles, 1 hour or less
small civil war fort, cannons, and home ruins!

A small civil war fort and era homes with lineage to the famous Robert E Lee! This fort participated in the civil war, getting shots off at a passing gun boat. The hike starts at the amphitheatre, where an old hunt club had a two story building (ruins) and various learning events are currently held. Continuing on to the fort, we find cannon...
Huntley Meadows Park
Huntley Meadows Park
Valley View, Virginia, United States
 
Easy: 4.3 miles, 1-3 hours
A 4.5 Mile Hike for Briding Near Valley View, Virginia

Bird Hike! Metro Friendly Huntley Meadows Park: A 4.6 Very Easy/Newbie Friendly Hike! Covering 1,424 acres just south of Alexandria, Huntley Meadows Park ranks as one of the metro area’s largest close-in parks. Whether you come to hike, wildlife watch or simply to relax, Huntley Meadows Park will provide you with a premiere nature experience...
First Manassas Battlefield Trail
First Manassas Battlefield Trail
Carlyle Station, Virginia, United States
 
Moderate: 7.0 miles, Half day
First Battle of Bull Run

This was the first major land battle of the armies in Virginia. On July 16, 1861, the untried Union army under Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell marched from Washington against the Confederate army, which was drawn up behind Bull Run beyond Centreville. On the 21st, McDowell crossed at Sudley Ford and attacked the Confederate left flank on Matthews Hill. Fighting...
Rock Castle Gorge Loop
Rock Castle Gorge Loop
Shelors Mill, Virginia, United States
 
11+ mile trail near Shelors Mill, Virginia (at the top of the trail. Woolwine, VA (at the Bottom of the trail)

Rock Castle Gorge Loop is about 12.5 miles long and located near Shelors Mill, Virginia. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a full day. Quite possibly one of my favorite Virginia hikes. This hike is very strenuous, since most of the hike when done clockwise gains in elevation. This hike began at the top of the Blue Ridge Parkway...
Second Manassas Battlefield Trail
Second Manassas Battlefield Trail
Manassas, Virginia, United States
 
Moderate: 7.0 miles, Half day
Second Battle of Bull Run

The Second Battle of Bull Run or Second Manassas was fought August 28–30, 1862, as part of the American Civil War. It was the culmination of an offensive campaign waged by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia against Union Maj. Gen. John Pope's Army of Virginia, and a battle of much larger scale and numbers than the First Battle...
Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve
Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve
Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
 
Easy: 1.8 miles, 1-3 hours
Well maintained nature trails traverse woodlands with creek, lake & marsh views in VA's only urban wildlife preserve

Open Tuesday through Sunday 10 am to 4 pm 4510 Twin Pines Road, Portsmouth, VA, 23703 Free parking and admission, donations appreciated - Lake Trail encircles Lake Ballard - Riparian Trail winds through the woods between the central lake and the creek, bordering a wetland habitat - Bluebird Trail bisects a meadow and ends at a raised viewing...
Harpers Ferry to Weverton Cliff
Harpers Ferry to Weverton Cliff
Harpers Ferry, Virginia, United States
 
Moderate: 10.3 miles, Full day
Appalachian Trail Across Maryland Series #1 of 9 – Harpers Ferry to Weverton Cliff 10.3 Miles/Moderate

This is number ONE of a series of 9 hikes that the Mountain Club of Maryland has created. Together, these nine hikes traverse the entire Appalachian Trail in the state of Maryland. This out-and-back hike travels north along the C & O Canal from Harpers Ferry, with the lunch spot overlooking the Potomac at Weverton Cliff. The terrain includes two steep...
Hughlett Point Natural Preserve
Hughlett Point Natural Preserve
Hughlett Point Natural Preserve, Virginia, United States
 
Mrs. duPont's fantastic gift to the Audubon society!

This hike is on the Virginia Peninsula Audubon hiking bundle, one of three hikes. This area is seldom visited, as it is mostly farmlands. However there are tons of antique shops, farm shops, pick your own fruit places, fishing villages and much more to see here! Mrs. duPont established this preserve early on for birding as part of the Audubon...
Burke Lake Loop
Burke Lake Loop
Donovans Corner, Virginia, United States
 
Easy: 5.6 miles, 1-3 hours

Nice flat loop around lovely Burke Lake. This is a mixed use trail for walkers, hikers, runners and bicyclists. The trail runs from concrete to gravel to dirt and is well maintained.
Dameron Marsh Preserve
Dameron Marsh Preserve
Sandy Point, Virginia, United States
 
Easy: 0.3 miles, 1 hour or less
One of three Audubon quality hikes on the bay

This area of Virginia is comprised of mostly farmlands and thus it is not a big tourist destination. Being on the bay, it offers marshy areas with some very seldom visited trails, unique farm shops, fishing villages, antique shops, and other such attractions--when you want to truly getaway from it all! This is the 2nd of 3 hikes in the Virginia...
Sugar Hill Loop Trail
Sugar Hill Loop Trail
St. Paul, Virginia, United States
 
Moderate: 3.2 miles, 1-3 hours
3.25 mile loop trail offering scenic views high above the Clinch River in St. Paul, VA.

The Sugar Hill Loop Trail traverses an open (bald) ridgeline high above the Clinch River just outside of the town of St. Paul, Virginia. Views from the trail include a panoramic overlook of the Virginia Ridge and Valley and the Clinch River itself. This trail also features the remnants of an 18th-century settlement midway through the hike. Sugar...
UVa-Wise Wetlands Interpretive Trail
UVa-Wise Wetlands Interpretive Trail
Wise, Virginia, United States
Easy: 0.2 miles, 1 hour or less
Short (0.5-mile roundtrip) educational trail providing an overview of a constructed wetland system in Wise, Virginia.

The UVa-Wise Wetlands Interpretive Trail provides an overview of a constructed wetland site alongside a mixed hardwood forest on the campus of the University of Virginia's College at Wise. Features along the trail include multiple examples of the history and ecology of the area, as related to past coal mining activities. This site also provides a great...
Appalachian Trail (Elk Garden to Whitetop)
Appalachian Trail (Elk Garden to Whitetop)
Big Hill, Virginia, United States
Moderate: 4.7 miles, Full day
4.5 to 5-mile hike from Elk Garden to high-elevation balds and rock outcrops on Whitetop, Virginia's second highest mtn.

4.5 to 5-mile (one-way) "lollipop" hike proceeding from Elk Garden to Whitetop, including a side-trip to Buzzard Rock (a high outcrop below Whitetop's summit). Hike includes a sidetrip returning along an unmarked (but obvious) trail across Whitetop's grassy balds and down FS-89 back to the Appalachian Trail. An optional, much shorter hike can be planned...
Flag Rock Trail
Flag Rock Trail
Norton, Virginia, United States
Difficult: 1.4 miles, 1-3 hours
Approx. 1.5-mile (one-way) trail from Legion Park to Flag Rock overlook near Norton, Virginia.

Trail linking Legion Park in Norton, Virginia to Flag Rock, a high sandstone outcrop overlooking Norton and the Wise Plateau. Hike traverses a variety of forest types, including a densely-forested, north-facing cove near the headwaters of the Powell River. 180-degree views from Flag Rock Overlook are spectacular and provide views of much of southwest...
Little Stony National Recreation Trail
Little Stony National Recreation Trail
Dungannon, Virginia, United States
Moderate: 2.7 miles, Half day
Scenic streamside hike through the Little Stony Gorge to one of Virginia's most scenic waterfalls.

Incredibly scenic and popular hike running approximately 2.7 miles one-way from Hanging Rock Recreation Area near Dungannon, Virginia to an upper trailhead within the Jefferson National Forest (Clinch Ranger District). The trail traverses Little Stony Gorge, a deep, canyon-like chasm carved out of the southern extent of the Appalachian Plateau ecoregion...
Roaring Branch Trail
Roaring Branch Trail
Big Stone Gap, Virginia, United States
Moderate: 3.6 miles, Half day
Hike along the eastern end of Virginia's Stone Mountain Trail, including old-growth hemlocks in Roaring Branch Cove.

Approximately 3.5-mile one-way hike through Roaring Branch Cove, a scenic area of old-growth forest above southwest Virginia's Powell River. Although this trail is commonly referred to as the Roaring Branch Trail by locals, it is formally the eastern end of the Stone Mountain Trail, a much longer path connecting the Powell River with Cave Spring Recreation...
Guest River Gorge Trail
Guest River Gorge Trail
Coeburn, Virginia, United States
Easy: 5.5 miles, Half day
Multi-use trail following the Guest River Gorge from near Coeburn, Virginia to the Clinch River Valley

Approximately 5.5-mile (one-way) trail following the Guest River through a rugged and remote gorge in the Jefferson National Forest. The trail itself is a multi-use trail allowing for walking, jogging, hiking, and biking (gravel surface). Trail passes by numerous small waterfalls and provides fantastic views of rapids along the river, as well as house-sized...
Appalachian Trail (Elk Garden to Mount Rogers, Virginia)
Moderate: 4.2 miles, Full day
8.5-mile hike along the AT through open balds and dense spruce-fir forests to Virginia's highest point.

Approximately 8.5-mile (roundtrip) hike along the Appalachian Trail leading to the summit of Mount Rogers, Virginia's highest peak (5,729 feet). This hike provides an incredibly scenic overview of the Appalachians' most intriguing ecosystems, including long-range vistas from open "balds" and dark spruce-fir forests nearest the summit. This guide also...
Bluebell Island Trail
Bluebell Island Trail
St. Paul, Virginia, United States
Easy: 1.9 miles, 1-3 hours
Unique riverside walk through Bluebell Island Preserve to the Sugar Hill Trail System in St. Paul, Virginia

Approximately 2-mile hike through both a picturesque floodplain forming a preserve along the Clinch River and idyllic downtown St. Paul, Virginia. This unique trail connects the Bluebell Island Preserve with the Sugar Hill Trail System just outside St. Paul, passing through downtown along the way. This forms one of the only trails that directly follows...
Devil's Bathtub (Devil's Fork Loop Trail)
Devil's Bathtub (Devil's Fork Loop Trail)
Dungannon, Virginia, United States
Moderate: 1.6 miles, Half day
Hike through a deep Appalachian gorge to a unique series of rock formations and swimming holes in southwest Virginia

Scenic, 3-mile out-and-back hike to the Devil's Bathtub, a scoured rock formation within Devil's Fork Creek. Hike follows the creek closely along its entire course, crossing the creek multiple times and passing several scenic swimming holes, rock formations, and waterfalls. An optional trip continues beyond the Devil's Bathtub, climbing the mountain...