Monroe, Virginia

Top Spots in and near Monroe

  • James River Heritage Trail, Virginia

    Run on the Seven Rails Trail

    3 mi / 117 ft gain
    Easily accessible from the Percival's Island Natural Area parking lot, the James River Heritage Trail and adjoining Seven Rails Trail are an easy escape from downtown Lynchburg.  From the parking lot, follow the trail signs toward Percival's Island, which will almost immediately take you across a...
    Read more
  • Rustburg, Virginia

    Explore the Hydaway Outdoor Recreation Center

    4.3
    If you love everything outdoors, the Hydaway Outdoor Recreation Center is the place for you! You can do almost any activity you can think of here. If you aren't affiliated with Liberty University, you can't rent their equipment, but you can bring you own to use. The main attraction is the lake wh...
    Read more
  • Big Island, Virginia

    Hike to Little and Big Rocky Row

    5.0
    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
  • Amherst, Virginia

    Swim at Panther Falls

    5.0
    0.7 mi / -100 ft gain
    From Lexington or Buena Vista, Virginia, take Rt. 60 east for several miles. As soon as you pass under the Blue Ridge Parkway, look for a gravel road on your right marked Panther Falls Road. This is a fairly bumpy gravel road, so take it easy. Follow Panther Falls Road down the mountain for just ...
    Read more
  • Amherst, Virginia

    Mount Pleasant Loop

    4.6
    5.98 mi / 1427 ft gain
    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 (always better to have an easy journey down in the a...
    Read more
  • Vesuvius, Virginia

    Cole Mountain Loop

    4.8
    5.89 mi / 1280 ft gain
    The large open meadow at the summit of Cole Mountain is a unique and breathtaking experience that is worth the 5.8 mile hike. Cole Mountain is frequently referred to as Cold Mountain, but the official name listed by the United States Geological Survey is the former. This hike is in the George W...
    Read more
  • Vesuvius, Virginia

    Photograph Statons Creek Falls

    4.0
    To view this waterfall, hiking is not necessarily involved since the top of it is next to a small parking area along CR-633. If you feel like scrambling and bushwhacking, it’s possible to make your way down either side to small pools and cascades with a total drop of about 100 feet. The terrain i...
    Read more
  • Natural Bridge Station, Virginia

    Swim at Arnold Valley Pool

    4.6
    Arnold Valley Pool might be a couple hundred feet from the road but most people don’t even notice when they pass by. This swimming hole is located on the same road as Devil’s Marbleyard and is the perfect place to cool off after the intense hike at the Marbleyard or on any hot summer day. The swi...
    Read more
  • Natural Bridge Station, Virginia

    Hike Devil's Marbleyard

    5.0
    3.24 mi / 1421 ft gain
    Want to scale the side of a rock face? If you do, I highly suggest adding this adventure to your list. Hiking to the marbleyard and back to the parking lot will have you at a 3 mile journey. How many hours will it take to hike the trail and tackle Antietam Quartzite boulders larger than cars you ...
    Read more
  • Montebello, Virginia

    Hike to Wigwam Falls

    2.7
    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
  • Buchanan, Virginia

    Hike Apple Orchard Mountain

    4.0
    4 mi / 400 ft gain
    The top of Apple Orchard Mountain is easily accessible via the Appalachian Trail. Access the trail at the Sunset Field Overlook at MP 78.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The concrete path will end shortly and turn into a blue blazed trail. Follow this for 0.25 miles until it intersects the Appalachia...
    Read more
  • Buchanan, Virginia

    Hike to Apple Orchard Falls

    4.0
    5.6 mi / 1000 ft gain
    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 and nice campsites. I did it the other way, which ...
    Read more
  • Tyro, Virginia

    Spy Rock via Cash Hollow

    4.9
    5.71 mi / 1191 ft gain
    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 5.7 miles, and there are nice campsites at the base of the summit (no water source) if you want to add on this pr...
    Read more
  • Tyro, Virginia

    The Priest via Shoe Creek Trail

    4.4
    3.01 mi / 843 ft gain
    Starting at the Upper Crabtree Falls Parking area, continue up the "road" on Shoe Creek Trail for half a mile until you come to the intersection of the Appalachian Trail. That will be the steepest part of the hike. Look for two rocks on either side of the trail with white blazes on them. Take a l...
    Read more
  • Lovingston, Virginia

    Fortune's Cove Via Yellow Trail

    3.0
    5.02 mi / 1486 ft gain
    Fortune's Cove via Yellow Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Lovingston, Virginia.
    Read more
  • Meadows Lane, Virginia

    Camp near Crabtree Meadows in GWNF

    5.0
    As stated, the campsites are free. They do not require reservations or permits and are on a first come, first served basis. Regardless of which direction you're coming from, you will be traveling on Crabtree Falls Highway until reaching Meadows Lane. This is a gravel access road that requires 4WD...
    Read more

Camping and Lodging in Monroe

Lynchburg  / Blue Ridge Parkway KOA Holiday
Monroe, Virginia

Lynchburg / Blue Ridge Parkway KOA Holiday

Otter Creek Campground
Monroe, Virginia

Otter Creek Campground

Hopper Creek Group Camp
Natural Bridge Station, Virginia

Hopper Creek Group Camp

Cave Mountain Lake Group Picnic Shelter
Natural Bridge Station, Virginia

Cave Mountain Lake Group Picnic Shelter

Cave Mountain Lake Family Camp
Natural Bridge Station, Virginia

Cave Mountain Lake Family Camp

Cave Mountain Lake Group Camp
Natural Bridge Station, Virginia

Cave Mountain Lake Group Camp

Guides, Insights and Stories from Monroe

Take this ultimate Blue Ridge Parkway road trip

Take this ultimate Blue Ridge Parkway road trip

The Outbound Collective