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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 Outbound community.

Top Running Spots in and near Virginia

  • Blacksburg, Virginia

    Take a Stroll around Pandapas Pond

    1 mi
    Great for walking or jogging. There are nice views of the pond and there are also other little areas like one dedicated to horticulture. Fishing is also possible (with a license).  Parking is very easy here!
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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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  • Roseland, Virginia

    Camp at Devil’s Backbone Basecamp

    This place has it all : a bomb fire pit, live music, distillery, restaurant, 48 taps, mountain views, and more!  Not to mention, it’s in a great location for exploring. It’s close to tons of breweries, wineries, and cideries, it’s just a few miles from the Appalachian trail, and close to Shenando...
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  • Luray, Virginia

    Mary's Rock via Appalachian Trail

    3.36 mi / 1214 ft gain
    If you're driving south on Skyline Drive, park in the lot on the right side of Skyline Drive immediately after you cross Route 211/Thornton Gap entrance. If you're driving north on Skyline Drive, the lot will be on the left side immediately before the Thornton Gap entrance. The trailhead is at t...
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  • Newport News, Virginia

    Hike Noland Loop Trail

    4.8 mi / 154 ft gain
    Great hike right in the city of Newport News.  It is a loop trail that is 4.8 miles and has a moderate level of traffic.   Easy, good for all skill levels Pet friendly Water and wooded views with lots of shade throughoutClearly marked trail No bikesParking at Mariners Museum and at Lions Bridge; ...
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  • Arlington, Virginia

    Bike the Mt. Vernon Trail

    14 mi
    Start your ride at the Teddy Roosevelt Island parking area and head southbound towards Mt. Vernon. You'll be riding next to the Potomac the entire time, with great views of the National Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and the Memorial Bridge. The ride is as long as you want to mak...
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  • Alexandria, Virginia

    Run or Bike the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve

    3 mi
    Start your adventure at the Belle Haven Parking area then head down the Dyke Marsh Trail. To add on additional distance, head south down the Mt. Vernon Trail for more views, well maintained paths, and even some sitting areas. You'll find boardwalks that take you right across the marsh, so keep an...
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  • Yorktown, Virginia

    Hike through Historic Yorktown

    2.5 mi / 59 ft gain
    This is a fantastic hike through the history of the early United States. And one with many interactive exhibits and recreation opportunities. From the Visitor Center, head onto the path towards the Yorktown Historic District. The historic district begins at the Dudley Digges House. Buildings that...
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  • Williamsburg, Virginia

    Bike Jamestown Island

    5.1 mi / 45 ft gain
    The trail is open to cyclists and pedestrians, but does share the road with some vehicle traffic. The speed limit is slow and often there is little traffic. There also is no parking at the actual trail head, so one must begin at the Visitor Center Parking lot. The trail will show off the natural ...
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  • Onemo, Virginia

    Beach Day at Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve

    I discovered Mathews, VA while watching Beachfront Bargain Hunt on HGTV! It’s a quiet county close to the coast.  There is another beach in Mathews county, but this one is my favorite! It is a beautiful beach and it’s always been quiet the times I have been.  https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural-...
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  • Falls Church, Virginia

    Bike the W&OD Trail

    45 mi
    The Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) trail stretches through northern Virginia and is a great spot for bike riding, running, or walking. The trail is paved, well maintained, and wide enough for traffic in both directions. There are also a couple breweries along the way that you can make a f...
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  • Massanutten, Virginia

    Kaylor's Knob Trail

    3.56 mi / 381 ft gain
    Kaylor's Knob Trail in Massanutten, Virginia is a moderately challenging hiking trail that spans approximately 3.56 miles. The trail is marked by a steady incline, making it a suitable choice for intermediate hikers. The trailhead is easily accessible, located near the Massanutten Resort. The tr...
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  • Chesterfield, Virginia

    Co-op Trail

    4.03 mi / 574 ft gain
    Co-op Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Chesterfield County, Virginia.
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  • Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Lake Lawson Loop Trail

    1.5 mi / 305 ft gain
    Lake Lawson Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near Virginia Beach, Virginia.
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  • Norfolk, Virginia

    Norfolk Botanical Gardens

    3.74 mi / 308 ft gain
    Norfolk Botanical Gardens is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Norfolk, Virginia.
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  • Norfolk, Virginia

    Elizabeth River Trail

    9.14 mi / 203 ft gain
    Elizabeth River Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Norfolk, Virginia.
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