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The Best Backpacking in Ripplemead

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

Top backpacking spots in and near Ripplemead

  • Narrows, Virginia

    Rice Fields Shelter

    5.09 mi / 1270 ft gain
    Rice Fields Shelter is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Narrows, Virginia.
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  • Bland, Virginia

    Garden Mountain, Chestnut Ridge, and Brushy Mountain via Appalachian Trail

    36.71 mi / 8468 ft gain
    Garden Mountain, Chestnut Ridge, and Brushy Mountain via Appalachian Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Tazewell, Virginia.
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  • Catawba, Virginia

    Backpack the Virginia Triple Crown

    5.0
    29.26 mi / 5728 ft gain
    The Virginia Triple Crown is a combination of three of the most spectacular and popular hikes in the region. It combines the Dragon’s Tooth, McAfee’s Knob and Tinker Cliffs hikes into one long multi day hike along the Appalachian Trail. It makes for an excellent 2 day backpacking trip, with many ...
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  • Troutville, Virginia

    McAfee's Knob Trail: Catawba to Dalesville

    20.05 mi / 3337 ft gain
    McAfee's Knob Trail: Catawba to Dalesville is a point-to-point trail where you may see local wildlife located near Catawba, Virginia.
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  • Troutville, Virginia

    McAfee Knob

    4.7
    7.73 mi / 1276 ft gain
    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 Shelter first, then Catawba Mountain Shelter where there...
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  • Wytheville, Virginia

    Lick Mountain Boundary Trail

    7.62 mi / 1273 ft gain
    Lick Mountain Boundary Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Wytheville, Virginia.
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  • Rural Retreat, Virginia

    Crawfish/Channel Rock Trail Loop

    15.66 mi / 1903 ft gain
    Crawfish/Channel Rock Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Rural Retreat, Virginia.
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  • Daleville, Virginia

    Hike to Hay Rock

    4.6
    8 mi / 1640 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 8.0 mile round trip hike begins at the Park and Ride just off I-81 at the US-220 Troutville/Fincastle exit (150B). The grave...
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  • Elk Creek, Virginia

    Camp at Comers Rock Recreation Area

    1 mi
    I didn't have any issues putting "Comers Rock Recreation Area" into my phone's GPS (Waze) and arriving exactly where I was supposed to. When you turn off US 21 (aka the Grayson Turnpike/Elk Creek Parkway) to Jefferson National Forest Road 57, you'll see a sign a parking lot that says "road not su...
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