Located in Virginia, the hiking in George Washington Forest offers more than a half-dozen beautiful hikes and backpacking trails. The best George Washington Forest hiking based on popularity are considered to be Three Ridges, Shenandoah Mountain Trail, Signal Knob Loop, North Mountain Trail, and Dry Run Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a George Washington Forest hiking trail below.
Southwest of Charlottesville and northwest of Tyro in the George Washington National Forest, a nice 14 mile loop combines the Three Ridges section of the Appalachian Trail with the Mar-Har Trail (aka Mau-Har Trail #303) for over 3,000 feet of vertical. This is classic Appalachian hiking trek with rhododendrons, brooks and hollows.
Northeast of Covington in the George Washington National Forest, the Dry Run Trail is a scenic nine mile trail offering excellent vistas and wildlife viewing opportunities as it passes near Big Knob, the highest point in Allegheny County. The hiking trail begins at the end of Cyprus Street in Covington.
Southwest of Front Royal in the George Washington National Forest, the Signal Knob Loop is a steep 10 mile hiking route leading to a civil war outpost. The loop is composed of four trails: Signal Knob Trail (yellow blaze), Massanutten Mountain West Trail (orange blaze), Bear Wallow Trail (blue Blaze), and the Bear Wallow Spur Trail (white blaze). The trailhead is at the Bear Wallow/Signal Knob parking lot.
Northwest of Blacksburg at the Pandapos Pond Recreation Area, the Poverty Creek trail network has over 17 miles of hiking routes. The trails include Poverty Creek Trail, Gap Mountain Trail and Brush Mountain Trail.
East of Covington in the George Washington National Forest, the Fore Mountain Trail is a 15 mile hiking route through upland hardwoods and pines that are typical of high elevation forests of the Allegheny Mountains. A variety of wildlife including white tail deer, turkey, grouse, squirrel, and an occassional black bear may be seen along this trail.
Southwest of Harrisonburg in the George Washington National Forest, the Wild Oak National Recreation Trail is a 26 mile hiking loop following ridgetops encircling the North River headwaters. Each of its three sections offers a vigorous but scenic day hike or it can provide the backpacker a nice multiple day loop.