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The Best Hiking in Washington

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

Top hiking spots in and near Washington

  • Appalachian Trail, Virginia

    Hike North Mount Marshall in Shenandoah NP

    1 mi / 350 ft gain
    Park at the Mount Marshall parking area at ~MP 15.6 on the Skyline Drive.  From the back of the parking lot, take the white-blazed Appalachian Trail north for a short 0.4 miles to a large rock outcrop with views south.  After finished exploring this outcrop, continue on the AT for another 0.1 mil...
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  • 38.7750222392119,-78.2108759880066, Virginia

    Marshall Mountain Overlook

    0.58 mi / 157 ft gain
    Marshall Mountain Overlook is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Bentonville, Virginia.
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  • Washington, Virginia

    Little Devils Stairs and Piney Branch Loop

    7.46 mi / 1962 ft gain
    Little Devils Stairs and Piney Branch Loop is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near Sperryville, Virginia.
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  • Washington, Virginia

    Hike Little Devil Stairs

    4.7
    5.5 mi / 1480 ft gain
    This hike starts with an immediate stream crossing -- how wet your feet get depends on the water level but bring an extra pair of socks! The first mile consists of a typical Shenandoah hike -- uphill on a dirt path and along a stream. But soon you reach the base of Little Devil Stairs. This po...
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  • Bentonville, Virginia

    Shenandoah Bluff Trail

    8.09 mi / 1135 ft gain
    Shenandoah Bluff Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Washington, Virginia.
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  • Sperryville, Virginia

    Thornton River to Neighbor Mountain to Hull School Loop

    14.41 mi / 2470 ft gain
    Thornton River to Neighbor Mountain to Hull School Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Sperryville, Virginia.
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  • 38.80698,-78.18111, Virginia

    Compton Peak from Jenkins Gap via Appalachian Trail

    3.24 mi / 863 ft gain
    Compton Peak from Jenkins Gap via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Huntly, Virginia.
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  • Rappahannock County, Virginia

    Bluff Trail, Mount Marshall Trail, Appalachian Loop

    13.35 mi / 2090 ft gain
    Bluff Trail, Mount Marshall Trail, Appalachian Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Huntly, Virginia.
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  • Rileyville, Virginia

    Sugarloaf to Keyser Run to Hogback Mountain Loop

    5.19 mi / 794 ft gain
    Sugarloaf to Keyser Run to Hogback Mountain Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Rileyville, Virginia.
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  • Rileyville, Virginia

    Hike to Overall Run Falls

    5.0
    6.1 mi / 1700 ft gain
    Start at the Hogback parking lot at MP 21.1 on the Skyline Drive. Take the Appalachian Trail south for 0.8 miles, and turn right onto the Tuscarora-Overall Run Trail. After 0.5 miles you will come to another intersection-keep right to stay on the Tuscarora-Overall Run Trail. A final intersection...
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  • Rileyville, Virginia

    Beecher Ridge and Overall Run Loop via Appalachian Trail

    11.42 mi / 2946 ft gain
    Beecher Ridge and Overall Run Loop via Appalachian Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Rileyville, Virginia.
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  • 38.8233934104965,-78.1703853607178, Virginia

    Compton Peak Summit via Appalachian Trail

    2.03 mi / 659 ft gain
    Compton Peak Summit via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Bentonville, Virginia.
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  • 38.82346,-78.17039, Virginia

    Appalachian Trail: Compton Gap to Jenkins Gap

    4.84 mi / 1257 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Compton Gap to Jenkins Gap is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Huntly, Virginia.
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  • South River, Virginia

    Hike to Compton Peak

    5.0
    This unique hike on the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park is 2.4 miles round trip with an 835' elevation gain, and leads you to two viewpoints as well as a cool rock outcrop.Access this hike from the Compton Gap parking area (elevation 2,145') on the Skyline Drive at Mile 10.4. Cross ...
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  • Rileyville, Virginia

    Appalachian Trail: Hogback Overlook to Jenkins Gap

    7.11 mi / 1102 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Hogback Overlook to Jenkins Gap is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Sperryville, Virginia.
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  • Rileyville, Virginia

    Elkwallow, Mathews Arm, and Knob Mountain Cutoff Trail

    5.71 mi / 912 ft gain
    Elkwallow, Mathews Arm, and Knob Mountain Cutoff Trail is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Rileyville, Virginia.
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