The Best Backpacking in Arlington

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Top backpacking spots in and near Arlington

  • King George, Virginia

    Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail

    16.65 mi / 463 ft gain
    Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you through a nice forest located near King George, Virginia.
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  • Bluemont, Virginia

    Hike to Bears Den Overlook

    4.4
    1 mi
    Bears Den is a collection of rocks and boulders that overlooks the Shenandoah Valley in northern Virginia, just off the Appalachian Trail. You have two options to access this overlook: park at the bottom of the mountain and hike up to the overlook via the trail, or drive to the top and access the...
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  • Bluemont, Virginia

    Hike to Raven Rock

    4.3
    5 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Starting at a small parking lot right off of Route 7 (wuick right onto Pine Grove Road) this hike takes you North on the Appalachian Trail in a very hilly/rocky part of the trail. Expect to gain and lose 300 feet+ multiple times! It's about 2.5 miles each way so budget at least a few hours to go ...
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  • Purcellville, Virginia

    Appalachian Trail: Keys Gap to David Lesser Memorial Shelter

    6.9 mi / 801 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Keys Gap to David Lesser Memorial Shelter is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
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  • Knoxville, Maryland

    Appalachian Trail: Weverton Cliffs to Pine Knob Shelter

    19.22 mi / 3402 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Weverton Cliffs to Pine Knob Shelter is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Knoxville, Maryland.
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  • Knoxville, Maryland

    Appalachian Trail: Weverton Heights to Ed Garvey Shelter

    5.87 mi / 1217 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Weverton Heights to Ed Garvey Shelter is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Knoxville, Maryland.
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  • Frederick, Maryland

    Black Locust Trail

    3.02 mi / 617 ft gain
    Black Locust Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Frederick, Maryland.
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  • Frederick, Maryland

    Gambrill Yellow Trail

    6.86 mi / 1030 ft gain
    Gambrill Yellow Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Frederick, Maryland.
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  • Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

    Appalachian Trail: Weverton to Gathland State Park

    19.26 mi / 1916 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Weverton to Gathland State Park is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
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  • Mount Weather, Virginia

    Ashby Hollow via Appalachian Trail

    5.42 mi / 1594 ft gain
    Ashby Hollow via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Bluemont, Virginia.
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  • Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

    Harpers Ferry Lower Town Trail Loop

    4.32 mi / 495 ft gain
    Harpers Ferry Lower Town Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
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  • Jefferson, Maryland

    Appalachian Trail: Crampton Gap to Harpers Ferry

    9.47 mi / 551 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Crampton Gap to Harpers Ferry is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Burkittsville, Maryland.
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  • Markham, Virginia

    Sky Meadows State Park via Appalachian Trail Loop

    11.06 mi / 2057 ft gain
    Sky Meadows State Park via Appalachian Trail Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Paris, Virginia.
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  • Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia

    Camp at Sky Meadows State Park

    5.0
    2 mi
    Camping at Sky Meadows State Park is a great location to backpack with young kids or if you are new to backpacking. The campground has 18 primitive walk-in campsites located 1.03 miles from the overnight parking lot at the park entrance. Reservations can be made online. After checking-in and park...
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  • Boonsboro, Maryland

    Lambs Knoll and White Rocks via Appalachian Trail

    5.34 mi / 1135 ft gain
    Lambs Knoll and White Rocks via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Boonsboro, Maryland.
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  • Myersville, Maryland

    Appalachian Trail: Dahlgren Camp to Bear Spring Cabin

    9.38 mi / 1991 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Dahlgren Camp to Bear Spring Cabin is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Middletown, Maryland.
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