Featured HIKING TRAILS
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 Damascus in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, the Iron Mountain Trail is a 22 mile hiking route traversing Iron Mountain plateau through thick meadows of wildflowers and old growth hemlocks. This scenic trail was an old stretch of the Appalachian Trail and runs through dense oak and birch forest with plenty of rhododendrons.
North of Roanoke and Clifton Forge in the Douthat State Park, the 9 mile Stony Run Falls Trail passes two seasonal falls: Stony Run and Blue Suck. This hiking trail is best in in the spring when trilliums are in bloom.
Northwest of Wytheville in the Jefferson National Forest, the Seven Sisters Trail runs 5 miles along the Little Walker Mountain ridge past old growth whitepine and rhododendron. A nice hiking loop starts from the hiker parking area and leads to NFS Stoney Creek Campground.
West of Blacksburg in the Jefferson National Forest, the Trails of Dismal is a 20 mile hiking trail network through remote, challenging terrain near Falls Of Dismal. The best trailhead is located northeast of Mechanicsburg.
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.
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.
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.
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.