Best Virginia Hiking Trails

Virginia has 23 hikes.

  October 16, 2018

Located in the US, the hiking in Virginia offers over twenty awesome hiking and backpacking trails. The best Virginia hiking based on popularity are considered to be Appalachian Trail, Three Ridges, Grayson Highlands State Park, Iron Mountain, and Douthat State Park. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Virginia hiking trail below.

Where Can I Hike In Virginia?


FEATURED:  Three Ridges

  George Washington Forest, Virginia

  June 30, 2016

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.

FEATURED:  Iron Mountain

  Mount Rogers, Virginia

  July 18, 2016

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.

FEATURED:  Douthat State Park


  August 16, 2016

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.

FEATURED:  Seven Sisters Trail

  Jefferson National Forest, Virginia

  August 2, 2016

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.

FEATURED:  Trails Of Dismal

  Jefferson National Forest, Virginia

  October 16, 2018

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.

FEATURED:  Dry Run Trail

  George Washington Forest, Virginia

  July 25, 2016

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.

FEATURED:  Signal Knob Loop

  George Washington Forest, Virginia

  June 26, 2016

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.

FEATURED:  Fore Mountain Trail

  George Washington Forest, Virginia

  June 24, 2016

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.

FEATURED:  Pandapos Pond

  George Washington Forest, Virginia

  July 20, 2016

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.

FEATURED:  Wild Oak Trail

  George Washington Forest, Virginia

  August 14, 2016

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.