Best Backpacking in Virginia

Looking for the best backpacking in Virginia? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Virginia. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the incredible Outbound community.

  • Hike McAfee Knob

    From the parking lot on RT311: Cross the road and pick up the white blazed AT headed north. In about .4 miles you will reach an information kiosk where you will continue on the AT. About half way through the hike you will pass Johns Spring Shelte...

    8.8 miles 1740 ft gain

  • Backpack Rocky Mount Trail in Shenandoah National Park

    The trail begin 0.1 miles north of Two Mile Run Overlook at milepost 76.2 on Skyline Drive. You can park at this overlook for the night, just make sure you fill out a (free) wilderness permit and walk the short way on Skyline Drive to the trailhea...

    9.8 miles 2200 ft gain

  • Hike to Spy Rock

    The hike is part of the George Washington National Forest, and can easily be combined with nearby Crabtree Falls (300ft cascading waterfall with a hike to the top). The entire trip is 3.1 miles, and there are nice campsites at the base of the summ...

    3.1 miles

  • Hike Mount Rogers

    First of all, who doesn't love wild ponies!  There are tons of ponies here, and although they are wild, they are not afraid of people and you can get pretty close (just don't feed them!).  Once you enter Grayson Highlands State Park, you will see ...

    8 miles 1080 ft gain

  • Backpack Three Ridges Loop

    From the parking area at Reids Gap, start off on the white-blazed A.T heading south as the trail begins on the left side of a clearing. You will begin climbing Meadow Mountain shortly and in .8 miles arrive at the top of the ridge, where you will...

    14.2 miles 3960 ft gain

  • Hike Mount Pleasant

    From the Mount Pleasant Parking Area, take the blue blazed Pompey Mountain Trail that is just beyond the horse gate. As it's a loop, you can start at either entrance, but I prefer heading left to get the longer leg of the hike before the summit (a...

    6.15 miles 1700 ft gain

  • Hike to Bears Den Overlook

    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...

    1 miles

  • Hike White Oak Canyon

    Between mile 42 and 43 of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park is the trailhead for WhiteOak Canyon. Begin at the trailhead from the parking lot and cross the Limberlost Trail in .3 miles. Continue on and you will cross your first footbridge...

    4.8 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Hike to Hay Rock

    If you're looking for a hike in the Roanoke area without the crowds that McAfee Knob draws, but still want a challenging hike with great views, try hiking to Hay Rock.This 8.0 mile round trip hike begins at the Park and Ride just off I-81 at the U...

    8 miles 1640 ft gain

  • Hike to Raven Rock

    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 mi...

    5 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike to Apple Orchard Falls

    There are a few different ways that you can do this hike. One way is to start at the North Creek campground (37.54244, -79.58531) and do a loop hike that's about 6 miles, which will take you to the falls up along a stream with some swimming holes ...

    5.6 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Backpack Jeremy's Run Trail, Shenandoah NP

    This hike is best done as a two-day, one-night backpacking trip, however it can be done as a day hike if you don't wish to backpack.Jeremy’s Run is a beautifully forested 10 mile roundtrip hike with numerous stream-crossing. The trailhead starts a...

    10 miles