Best Running in Virginia

Looking for the best running 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.

  • 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 Dark Hollow Falls

    Catch the trailhead to these falls at mile 50.7 on Skyline Drive, just north of Big Meadows Lodge and Campground and the trailhead is just to the left of the parking lot. This is an easy 1.4 mile roundtrip hike, straight down to get to the falls,...

    1.4 miles

  • Hike Moorman's River

    Along the hike, there are four "official" swimming holes to jump in, but you can make your own at any time. Go in the springtime for a great waterfall at the end the feeds into a swimming hole, and in the fall for a wonderland of foliage. The off...

    2.5 miles

  • Camp at Switzer Lake

    Directly off of Interstate 81, headed toward West Virginia on Rt 33 is a beautiful lake only known by the locals. Switzer Lake, named because Switzer Dam was placed on the Dry River years ago to aid Harrisonburg and the surrounding area with its i...

    2 miles

  • 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 ...

  • Explore Virginia's High Bridge

    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 par...

    2 miles

  • Hike Theodore Roosevelt Island

    It seems only fitting that the president who gave us our national parks would have one all to his own.  Located on the edge of Washington D.C., Theodore Roosevelt Island offers a glimpse of what the city may have looked like before the politicians...

    2 miles

  • Hike from Colvin Run Mill to the Potomac

    From the historic Colvin Run Mill, head out of the parking area toward Difficult Run Trail. Follow this trail for roughly four miles as you hike along Difficult Run to the Potomac River.

    8 miles 40 ft gain

  • Hike and Explore Bull Run Battlefield

    Located about 40 minutes from D.C. just off I-66 in Manassas, VA. Henry Hill is the starting point and headquarters that can lead you to multiple trails ranging from 1-5 miles depending on the route you choose here. Ample parking at HQ as well as ...

    1.2 miles

  • Hike through Heritage Community Park and Natural Area

    This is an easy hike through nature with about 2 miles of grass paths and about 0.75 miles of paved paths. It is Blacksburgs biggest park at 169 acres with easy to find parking and picnic areas. Benches are located around the park to sit and enjoy...

    2 miles 50 ft gain

  • Camp at Sherando Lake

    Sherando Lake is a beautifully maintained dog/family friendly campground situated between two lakes. Upper Sherando Lake is available for fishing only but the larger, 25 acre, Lower Sherando Lake offers swimming, fishing, kayaking, and relaxing on...

  • Bike Camp False Cape

    It's hard to beat an outdoor adventure that keeps you near the ocean's edge. For this destination, getting there is possibly the best part. The trail is well kept and level; perfect for an easy bike ride or hike. An easy trail due to lack of incli...