Outbound Collective logo


Looking for the best hiking 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 Outbound community.

Top Hiking Spots in and near Virginia

  • Montebello, Virginia

    Hike to Wigwam Falls

    The Yankee Horse Ridge Parking Area is located at milepost 34.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. From the parking area, follow the rock steps to the railroad tracks and turn right. Follow the tracks the stream and turn left. Proceed on the path to the bridge in front of the 30 ft. waterfall.
    Read more
  • Big Island, Virginia

    Hike to Little and Big Rocky Row

    10.8 mi / 2700 ft gain
    Starting at the James River Footbridge, which is the longest foot traffic only bridge on the entire Appalachian Trail. Head north on the Appalachian Trail.  You will quickly cross over Rt. 501. After a mile of hiking through the woods skirting the Rocky Row Run stream, you will cross over Forest ...
    Read more
  • South River, Virginia

    Hike to Compton Peak

    This unique hike on the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park is 2.4 miles round trip with an 835' elevation gain, and leads you to two viewpoints as well as a cool rock outcrop.Access this hike from the Compton Gap parking area (elevation 2,145') on the Skyline Drive at Mile 10.4. Cross ...
    Read more
  • Lyndhurst, Virginia

    Hike to Shamokin Falls

    2.2 mi / 950 ft gain
    Starting from the Dripping Rock Parking area at MP 10 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, head north on the white blazed Appalachian Trail (trail leading into woods from parking lot- don't cross the road). In about 20 steps the trail splits- go right. In another 20 steps or so the trail splits again but t...
    Read more
  • Lexington, Virginia

    House Mountain Trail

    8.93 mi / 2733 ft gain
    House Mountain provides two amazing views via two out-and-back hikes, for a combined hike of 8.75 miles. If you’re short on energy and/or time, the 6 miles round trip to Big House Mountain is (in my opinion) the better of the two overlooks. Either way, keep in mind that this hike covers a great...
    Read more
  • Stanley, Virginia

    Hike the Rose River Falls to Dark Hollow Falls Loop

    4 mi / 950 ft gain
    Parking at the trailhead is a few miles north of Big Meadows at the Fisher's Gap Overlook parking area. You will find much more solitude along this loop trail than if you were to park at the Dark Hollow Falls trailhead as the Dark Hollow Falls is much more popular. That makes being able to fin...
    Read more
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Bike into False Cape State Park

    Located in South Eastern Virginia Beach VA, False Cape State Park is only accessible by bike, foot, or tour. To get here, you must head in to Sandbridge Beach and drive south on Sandpiper Road until you pass the Little Island Pier parking on your left. After this point, there will be no more buil...
    Read more
  • Farmville, Virginia

    High Bridge

    2 mi
    The High Bridge is the highlight of the 31 mile High Bride Rail Trail in central Virginia. The trail, paved with crushed limestone, is nice for biking, walking, and running. Park at the River Street parking area near the town of Farmville. The parking lot is big enough for two dozen cars and cha...
    Read more
  • Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

    Photograph Wild Horses at Grayson Highlands State Park

    1.8 mi / 306 ft gain
    The wild horses gather on top of the bald at the end of Horse Trail North located in Grayson Highlands State Park. Because they are wild, it is important to remember not to touch or feed the horses. The horses are accustomed to hikers and will allow you in their near proximity, but bring a zoom l...
    Read more
  • McLean, Virginia

    Difficult Run, Ridge, and River Trails

    3.28 mi / 463 ft gain
    Difficult Run is a popular hiking location right down the street from Great Falls National Park. Starting at the Difficult Run parking lot you head to the trail at the far end of the lot. The trail will split. The green blazes will take you to the left but you can also stay to the right and hike ...
    Read more
  • Ewing, Virginia

    Hike to White Rocks

    6 mi / 1500 ft gain
    Starting at the Ewing Trailhead, in Ewing, VA, you will meander up the ridge for about 2.5 mi before meeting up with Ridge Trail. The ascent is approximately 1500 ft up the side of the majestic White Rock Ridge. Mud, loose rocks, and some very steep climbs are included.Once at the top, left takes...
    Read more
  • Madison, Virginia

    Hike Bear Church Rock via the Graves Mill Trail

    8.5 mi / 2250 ft gain
    Starting at the Graves Mill Parking area, head up the yellow blazed trail that is marked by a big cement marker. The trail will follow closely beside the gorgeous Rapidan River. Hike for half a mile until you come to the intersection of the Staunton River Trail. Turn left (do not cross the river)...
    Read more
  • Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

    Rhododendron Trail to Rock Croppings

    1.77 mi / 289 ft gain
    In order to go when the Rhododendron are blooming you'll need to aim for the first three weeks of June.  Starting from the Massies Gap parking area in the Grayson Highlands State Park, follow the trail through the field and towards the base of a large hill. You will see a fence that runs along t...
    Read more
  • Dayton, Virginia

    Climb Hidden Rocks

    Amazing rock climbing can be found just outside Harrisonburg, VA at a series of crags hiding in the beautiful landscape of GW National Forest. Hidden Rocks offers amazing climbing and bouldering for intermediate level or well-guided beginners.Near the end of Hone Quarry Road is a small, self-pay ...
    Read more
  • Haysi, Virginia

    Explore Breaks Interstate Park

    Breaks Interstate Park lies on the border of western Virginia and eastern Kentucky, and is known as the “Grand Canyon of the South”. This park surrounds a 5-mile long gorge created by the Russell Fork River, which lies 1650 feet below the park.Once you enter the park, stop at the first overlook o...
    Read more
  • Hot Springs, Virginia

    Backpack around Lake Moomaw

    6.6 mi / 1200 ft gain
    On your way to the trailhead don't forget to pull off the road at the scenic outlook to take in the vast expanse of Lake Moomaw (you won't miss it!).Start off your adventure by parking at the end of Twin Ridge Drive (37.976545, -79.985582). From this point, hike down the little paved driveway int...
    Read more