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    • Rockbridge Baths, Virginia

      Rock Climb at Goshen Pass

      Goshen Pass is a beautiful area for kayaking and fishing in Bath County, Virginia near Lexington. But not as well known is the fact that there are a few places that are great for rock climbing. You'll want to park at the swinging bridge which is two miles past the picnic area on route 39 once you...
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    • Amherst, Virginia

      Mount Pleasant Loop

      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...
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    • Goshen, Virginia

      Hike Goshen Pass

      5.6 mi / 1200 ft gain
      The parking for the trailhead is down an unmarked gravel/dirt road about 1.5 miles upriver from the Virginia Wayside rest area on Route 39 West. You'll see the swing bridge out across the river and the road will be immediately after this on your right. The road goes back about 200 yards to the pa...
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    • 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.
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    • Millboro, Virginia

      Hike Blue Suck Falls and the Tuscarora Overlook

      7.2 mi / 2200 ft gain
      In Douthat State Park, park at the Discovery Center/Amphitheater parking lot near the children's fishing area. The Blue Suck Falls trail head will be towards the dam on the left side and is well-marked.Note: A trail map is highly recommended for this trail! It is fairly well-marked with blue blaz...
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    • Blue Ridge, Virginia

      Snowshoe the Blue Ridge Parkway

      We don't get a ton of snow here in Virginia, but when we do, the Blue Ridge Parkway can be a great place to get out and enjoy a day of snowshoeing or cross country skiing. It's also a great opportunity to get your pup out and let him work out some energy as the chances of running into anyone are ...
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    • Daleville, Virginia

      Hay Rock

      7.48 mi / 1276 ft gain
      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 7.5 mile round trip hike begins at the Park and Ride just off I-81 at the US-220 Troutville/Fincastle exit (150B). The gra...
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    • 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...
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    • Hot Springs, Virginia

      Explore Falling Spring Falls in the Alleghany Highlands

      Just nine miles north of I-64, this viewpoint is not one to be missed if you’re in the area. According to the information post at the overlook, “The site was once visited by [Thomas] Jefferson to survey the falls and he mentions it in his manuscripts ‘Notes on the State of Virginia’ written in 1...
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    • Roanoke, Virginia

      Canoe or Kayak at Carvins Cove

      Part of the attraction to the Cove is that you can literally leave work at 5pm and be in the water paddling in plenty of time to catch the sunset. Catching a sunrise is slightly more difficult just because the boat landing doesn't open until 6:30am. However, it's still possible to paddle out and ...
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    • Meadows Lane, Virginia

      Camp near Crabtree Meadows in GWNF

      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...
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    • Tyro, Virginia

      Spy Rock via Cash Hollow

      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...
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    • Troutville, Virginia

      Tinker Cliffs via Andy Lane Trail

      7.15 mi / 1844 ft gain
      Looking for a day trip? Look no further than Tinker Cliffs, tucked away in Virginia. This trail provides a workout that is loaded with flowers, bridges, rocks, and views that will leave you inspired to explore more! The Trail There are no restrooms located at the parking lot or along the trail....
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    • Tyro, Virginia

      The Priest via Shoe Creek Trail

      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...
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    • Rustburg, Virginia

      Explore the Hydaway Outdoor Recreation Center

      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...
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    • Tyro, Virginia

      Crabtree Falls

      3.05 mi / 1161 ft gain
      This is an approximately 3 mile roundtrip hike. It will usually take anywhere from 1-2 hours to get up, depending on your experience and who you have with you, and about an hour down. As you come off of route 56, you will come up to the trailhead where there is a large parking area with restroom...
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