The Best Outdoor Activities in Virginia
Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.
Backpack Rocky Mount Trail in Shenandoah National Park
Virginia / Rocky Mount
The trail begin 0.1 miles north of Two Mile Run Overlook at milepost 76.2 on Skyline Drive.
Hike McAfee Knob
Virginia / McAfee's Knob Trailhead
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.
Hike Old Rag Mountain
Virginia / Old Rag Parking Lot
Be prepared to deal with crowds, especially on the rock scrambles, which tend to cause a bottle neck. I would recommend starting out early, around 6 or 7 am to avoid the crowds.
Hike Humpback Rocks
Virginia / Humpback Gap
This little hike is one of the most popular in the area, and for good reason! It's a short and steep one mile to the top, but the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park to th.
Hike the Devil's Bathtub
Virginia / Devil's Bathtub
The Devil’s Bathtub is a deep pool of blue-green water known for being a great swimming hole and a beautiful natural feature. This hike is a 3.2 mile out and back hike with 250 feet elevation gain.
Hike Little Stony Man, Shenandoah National Park
Virginia / Little Stoney
The parking lot for the trail is right before mile 40 on Skyline drive in Shenandoah National Park. The entire out and back is only .
Hike to Bearfence Mountain
Virginia / Bearfence Mountain Trailhead
This is one of my favorite hikes in Shenandoah National Park for its views, easy access to the trail, and the option to combine it with a much further hike on the AT.
Explore Falling Spring Falls in the Alleghany Highlands
Virginia / Falling Spring Falls
Just nine miles north of I-64, this viewpoint is not one to be missed if you’re in the area.
Hike to Spy Rock
Virginia / Spy Rock Trail
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 3.
Hike Mount Rogers
Virginia / Mount Rogers Parking Area
Once you enter Grayson Highlands State Park, you will see a parking lot for Massie Gap a few miles in, park here. There is an obvious trail, the Rhododendron Trail, that you will follow for about .
Hike to Bears Den Overlook
Virginia / Bears Den Trailhead
Bears Den is a collection of rocks and boulders that overlooks the Shenandoah Valley in northern Virginia, just off the Appalachian Trail.
Backpack Three Ridges Loop
Virginia / Reids Gap
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 .
Hike Crabtree Falls
Virginia / Crabtree Falls Parking Area, VA
This is an approximately 4 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.
Hike White Oak Canyon
Virginia / White Oak Canyon
Between mile 42 and 43 of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park is the trailhead for WhiteOak Canyon. Begin at the trailhead from the parking lot and cross the Limberlost Trail in .3 miles.
Hike Mount Pleasant
Virginia / Mount Pleasant
From the Mount Pleasant Parking Area, take the blue blazed Pompey Mountain Trail that is just beyond the horse gate.
Hike Devil's Marbleyard
Virginia / Devil's Marbleyard Trailhead
Want to scale the side of a rock face? If you do, I highly suggest adding this adventure to your list. Hiking to the marbleyard and back to the parking lot will have you at a 3 mile journey.
Hike Hawksbill Mountain
Virginia / Hawksbill Mountain Parking Area
A hike to the summit of Hawksbill Mountain will not only put you at the highest point in Shenandoah National Park (4050'), but you'll have a 270 degree view perfect for a sunset.
Hike to Blackrock Summit, Shenandoah NP
Virginia / Blackrock Summit Trailhead
There are two route options, both are under 2 miles and are suitable for hikers of all experience levels.
Hike Dragon's Tooth
Virginia / Dragon's Tooth Trailhead
From I-81: Exit 140 and take Highway 311 north for 11 miles towards New Castle. Dragon’s Tooth parking lot is on the left, just past Catawba Grocery. LAT 37.3787 LONG -80.
Hike to Mary's Rock Summit in Shenandoah National Park
Virginia / Meadow Spring Parking Area
Mary’s Rock is just south of the Thornton Gap Entrance in Shenandoah National Park’s Central District.
Hike Dark Hollow Falls
Virginia / Dark Hollow Falls Trailhead
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.
Backpack Jeremy's Run Trail, Shenandoah NP
Virginia / Jeremy's Run Trail
This hike is best done as a two-day, one-night backpacking trip, however it can be done as a day hike if you don't wish to backpack.
Hike the Sharp Top Trail
Virginia / Sharp Top Trailhead
Once thought to be the highest peak in Virginia, this 2.5 hour hike is one that will leave you speechless at the top. Park at the Peaks of Otter Nature Center (which is now closed).
Hike the Stony Man Trail, Shenandoah National Park
Virginia / Stony Man Trailhead
This short, easy hike will take you to some of the best views in Shenandoah National Park. As an added bonus, it’s perfect for catching the sunset without a long walk back to your car in the dark.
Hike to Cascade Falls
Virginia / Cascade Falls Trailhead, VA
The 66' Cascade Falls located in Giles Count is arguably one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Virginia. This classic hike is 4.0 miles and gains 800' in elevation.
Explore Ravens Roost Overlook
Virginia / Ravens Roost Overlook
This cozy little overlook is very simple to get to.
Swim at Arnold Valley Pool
Virginia / Petites Gap
Arnold Valley Pool might be a couple hundred feet from the road but most people don’t even notice when they pass by.
Kayak Beaver Creek Lake
Virginia / Beaver Creek, VA
This little lake close to Charlottesville is my favorite place for an after work kayak, SUP, or just picnic by the water.
Hike to the Sand Caves
Virginia / Thomas Walker Civic Park
After a 2.5 mi hike up the Ewing Trail, you will reach the Ridge Trail. Go left for approximately 1 mi until you reach a landing for horses. Another 0.
Hike to Hay Rock
Virginia / Hay Rock
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.
Hike to Apple Orchard Falls
Virginia / Apple Orchard Falls Parking Area (Sunset Field Overlook)
There are a few different ways that you can do this hike. One way is to start at the North Creek campground (37.54244, -79.
Camp at Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park
Virginia / Big Meadows Campground
Visiting Shenandoah National Park for the first time can be quite overwhelming.
Hike to Raven Rock
Virginia / Raven Rock Trailhead
Starting at a small parking lot right off of Route 7 (wuick right onto Pine Grove Road) this hike takes you North on the Appalachian Trail in a very hilly/rocky part of the trail.
Explore Roaring Run Falls
Virginia / Roaring Run Parking Area, Eagle Rock, VA, United States
From 615 (Craig Creek rd) you turn on to 621 (Roaring Run rd) and about mile down is a little gravel road on the left that you turn down.
Hike to Hightop Mountain, Shenandoah NP
Virginia / Hightop Mountain Parking Area
The parking area for the Hightop Mountain hike is one mile south of the Swift Run Gap entrance on Skyline Drive.
Hike to Tinker Cliffs
Virginia / Tinker Cliff Parking lot
Looking for a day trip? Look no further than Tinker Cliffs, tucked away in Virginia.
Hike to Fallingwater Cascades
Virginia / Fallingwater Cascades Parking Area, Bedford VA
The trailhead for this hike is at the same parking area for the Flat Top Trail.
Hike Moorman's River
Virginia / Moorman's River Hike
Along the hike, there are four "official" swimming holes to jump in, but you can make your own at any time.
Hike Cole Mountain
Virginia / Cole Mountain Parking Area
The large open meadow at the summit of Cole Mountain is a unique and breathtaking experience that is worth the 5.8 mile hike.
Hike to Rose River Falls
Virginia / Rose River Falls Trailhead
Rose River Falls is often overshadowed by it's more popular cousin, Dark Hollow Falls, as both hikes begin at the same trail head.
Hike the Great Channels
Virginia / Great Channels of Virginia
Park at the parking lot at the crest of Clinch Mountain at Hayters Gap on Rt. 80, and walk along the road (Raven Ridge Road) behind the gate.
Hike the Potomac Heritage Trail to Chain Bridge
Virginia / Potomac Heritage Trail
Hike the Potomac Heritage Trail through forest, hill and valley landscapes, as you follow along the river, itself. Starting at Roosevelt Island, you can hike as far as 8.
Hike Buffalo Mountain
Virginia / Buffalo Mountain Trailhead
A short 1.0 mile hike to the summit with 700’ elevation gain, the trail switchbacks steeply up to the exposed rocky summit.
Hike to Bear Church Rock via Bootens Gap
Virginia / Bootens Gap
The trail leads along the ridge of Jones Mountain to the gorgeous views at Bear Church Rock, and it's the perfect hike for those seeking solitude - didn't see another soul the entire time on a holida.
Hike Flat Top Mountain
Virginia / Flat Top Mountain Trail
From the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center, travel north up the Blue Ridge Parkway for about 3 miles, where you will come to small parking area for the Flat Top Trailhead.
Hike to Wigwam Falls
Virginia / Yankee Horse Ridge Parking Area
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.
Hike to Doyles Falls
Virginia / Doyles River Falls Trailhead
From the parking lot at MP 81.1 on the Skyline Drive, take the trailhead to the left of the sign with the trail map.
Explore the Luray Caverns
Virginia / Luray Caverns
The caverns are located in the town of Luray, which is in the Shenandoah Valley of northwest Virginia.
Hike to Bald Knob
Virginia / Bald Knob Parking Area
Unobstructed views with little hiking effort make Bald Knob one of the best locations to see the sunset in southwestern Virginia.
Explore Camp Hydaway
Virginia / Camp Hydaway, VA
If you love everything outdoors, Camp Hydaway is the place for you! You can do almost any activity you can think of here.
Photograph Dismal Falls
Virginia / Dismal Falls Trailhead
Explorers in Southwest Virginia run into a common problem: local hikes and waterfalls are often saturated with college students out enjoying a warm day.
Bike into False Cape State Park
Virginia / False Cape State Park
Located in South Eastern Virginia Beach VA, False Cape State Park is only accessible by bike, foot, or tour.
Hike The Priest
Virginia / Upper Crabtree Falls Parking
Starting at the Upper Crabtree Falls Parking area, continue up the "road" for half a mile until you come to the intersection of the Appalachian Trail. That will be the steepest part of the hike.
Swim at Panther Falls
Virginia / Panther Falls Parking
From Lexington or Buena Vista, Virginia, take Rt. 60 east for several miles. As soon as you pass under the Blue Ridge Parkway, look for a gravel road on your right marked Panther Falls Road.
Hike to White Rocks
Virginia / Thomas Walker Civic Park
Starting at the Ewing Trailhead, in Ewing, VA, you will meander up the ridge for about 2.5 mi before meeting up with Ridge Trail.
Explore Walnut Creek Park
Virginia / Walnut Creek Park
Just 25 minutes outside of Charlottesville, this is a great spot to take the family for the day and get some sunshine. If you are into mountain biking, you're in the right place.
Hike Rock Castle Gorge
Virginia / Rock Castle Gorge Trailhead
This 10.8 mile loop is a very demanding, but very rewarding hike that will take most of the day to complete.
Bikes & Brews on Route 151
Virginia / Blue Mountain Brewery
This DIY bike & brews tour is perfect for combining a relaxing day with some activity. There are also wineries along this route if folks in your group want a break from the hops.
Climb Hidden Rocks
Virginia / Hidden Rocks
Amazing rock climbing can be found just outside Harrisonburg, VA at a series of crags hiding in the beautiful landscape of GW National Forest.
Hike to Compton Peak
Virginia / Compton Peak Parking Area
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.
Hike Angels Rest and the Wilburn Valley Overlook
Virginia / Angels Rest/Wilburn Valley
For a tough hike with rewarding views, check out Angels Rest and the Wilburn Valley Overlook.
Camp at Switzer Lake
Virginia / Switzer lake
Directly off of Interstate 81, headed toward West Virginia on Rt 33 is a beautiful lake only known by the locals.
Bike the Virginia Creeper Trail
Virginia / Virginia Creeper Trail
This multi-use (hiking, biking, horseback riding) rail-trail stretches 34 miles from Abingdon, Virginia to Whitetop, Virginia, passing through forests in the Blue Ridge Mountains, small farming commu.
Hike through Falls Ridge Preserve
Virginia / Falls Ridge Preserve
Dogs are not allowed on this preserve, so please do not bring a dog along. From the parking lot walk through the mowed field until you reach the woods.
Hike Apple Orchard Mountain
Virginia / Apple Orchard Falls Parking Area (Sunset Field Overlook)
The top of Apple Orchard Mountain is easily accessible via the Appalachian Trail. Access the trail at the Sunset Field Overlook at MP 78.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Hike Barney's Wall
Virginia / Barney's Wall
This hike begins in the parking lot for Cascade Falls. Keep left at the first and second intersections to stay on the Upper Trail.
Explore Breaks Interstate Park
Virginia / Clinchfield Overlook lot
Breaks Interstate Park lies on the border of western Virginia and eastern Kentucky, and is known as the “Grand Canyon of the South”.
Take in the View at Roanoke Mountain Overlook
Virginia / Roanoke Mountain Overlook
The Roanoke Mountain Road is a 4 mile one-way loop accessed at mile post 120.3 off the Blueridge Parkway. It's a winding single-lane road, and I would certainly not venture up there with a trailer.
Hike House Mountain
Virginia / House Mountain Parking Area
House Mountain provides two amazing views via two out-and-back hikes, for a combined hike of 8.75 miles.
Backpack the Mount Rogers Loop
Virginia / Massie Gap Trailhead
For an awesome 2-3 day trip, start hiking at the Massie Gap trailhead, which can be reached from Grayson Highlands State Park.
Hike to Overall Run Falls
Virginia / Overall Run Falls Trailhead
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.
Photograph Mabry Mill
Virginia / Mabry Mill
Mabry Mill is one of the most photographed spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and rightfully so. Located at MP 176.1 the mill is beautiful in any season and easily accessed from the parking lot.
Hike from Colvin Run Mill to the Potomac
Virginia / Colvin Run Mill Parking Area
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.
Explore Skyline Drive In Winter
Virginia / Skyline Drive (Shenandoah National Park)
Skyline Drive is a winding highway that cuts straight through Shenandoah National Park.
Hike Blue Suck Falls and the Tuscarora Overlook
Virginia / Blue Suck Falls Trail
In Douthat State Park, park at the Discovery Center/Amphitheater parking lot near the children's fishing area.
Hike Little Devil Stairs
Virginia / Little Devil Stairs Trailhead
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 -- uphil.
Hike to Jones Run Waterfall
Virginia / Jones Run Parking Area
This little known waterfall is located close to the more popular waterfall, Doyles River Falls. Staring at the Jones Run parking area turn left downhill following the blue blazed Jones Run trail.
Hike to Kelly's Knob via the Appalachian Trail
Virginia / Kelly's Knob Trailhead
This is a great day hike for families or groups looking to get out for a short hike on the Appalachian Trail in Jefferson National Forest.
Photograph Sinking Creek Falls
Virginia / Sinking Creek Falls
Park at the Clover Hollow Covered Bridge, and walk or bike 1/3 mile along Clover Hollow Rd in the direction of Blue Grass Trail Rd or to the pin dropped in the location below.
Stargaze at Little Creek Dam Road
Virginia / Little Creek Dam Road
This stargazing spot is a wonderful place to test your star photography, or a sweet place to relax and chill with friends. It's a quiet and relaxing spot.
Backpack around Lake Moomaw
Virginia / Lake Moomaw (Twin Ridge Dr.)
On your way to the trailhead don't forget to pull off the road at the scenic outlook to take in the vast expanse of Lake Moomaw (you won't miss it!).
Canoe or Kayak at Carvins Cove
Virginia / 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.
Hike Sentinel Point and Mill Creek Falls
Virginia / Mill Creek Trails
There are many trails in the area so here is a map to start out because it can get confusing: http://gilescounty.org/images2/Map-Town%20Farm-Hiking%20Trails%20%282010%29.pdf.
Hike the Scott's Run Nature Preserve Trail
Virginia / Scott's Run Nature Preserve Parking
This nature preserve can be hiked year-round and is a sanctuary for rare wildflowers, birds, and other wildlife including deer and fox.
Fly Fish on the Rapidan River
Virginia / Graves Mill Parking Area
Park at the Graves Mill Parking Area. From here you can easily follow the Rapidan River up the mountain.
Hike Rhododendron Trail
Virginia / Grayson Highlands State Park Massies Gap Parking Area
In order to go when the Rhododendron are blooming you'll need to aim for the first three weeks of June.
Hike to Little and Big Rocky Row
Virginia / James River Foot Bridge
Starting at the James River Footbridge, which is the longest foot traffic only bridge on the entire Appalachian Trail. Head north on the Appalachian Trail. You will quickly cross over Rt. 501.
Backpack the Virginia Triple Crown
Virginia / Dragon's Tooth Parking Lot
The Virginia Triple Crown is a combination of three of the most spectacular and popular hikes in the region.
Photograph Great Falls of the Potomac
Virginia / Great Falls of the Potomac
Viewing Great Falls is easy which makes this adventure great for all levels of adventurers. There is a ~$10 entrance fee, there you will receive a map of the park.
Hike Frazier Discovery Trail
Virginia / Frazier Discover Trail
There are two ways to the summit: the first is a 1.3 mile loop that starts at the Loft Mountain Wayside parking lot at mile marker 79.
Backpack Rose River Loop
Virginia / Fisher's Gap Overlook Parking
The trail can be found on Skyline Drive. Though it is a little challenging to locate, you should park at Fisher’s Gap Overlook (mile marker 49.
Hike to Shamokin Falls
Virginia / Dripping Rock Parking Area
Starting from the Dripping Rock Parking area at MP 10 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, head north on the white blazed Appalachian Trail (trail leading into woods from parking lot- don't cross the road).
Hike Difficult Run in Great Falls
Virginia / Difficult Run
Difficult Run is a popular hiking location right down the street from Great Falls National Park. Starting at the Difficult Run parking lot you head to the trail at the far end of the lot.
Visit Colonial Williamsburg
Virginia / Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center
Williamsburg, Virginia , founded in 1632, is one of the oldest cities in America.
Hike through Community Park and Natural Area
Virginia / Heritage Parking
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.
Canoe or Kayak the Upper James River
Virginia / Horseshoe Bend Boat Ramp
Put in at the Horseshoe Bend Boat Ramp near Buchanan, VA. The pin on the map will take you right there. Takeout will be at the boat ramp in downtown Buchanan, approximately 9 miles down river.
Hike the War Spur Loop
Virginia / War Spur Trailhead
This is an awesome hike to do with limited time. It only took about 2 hours total with time to chill at the overlook.
Visit Bull Run Battlefield
Virginia / Manassas National Battlefield Park
Located about 40 minutes from D.C. just off I-66 in Manassas, VA.
Photograph Buck Hollow Overlook
Virginia / Buck Hollow Overlook
Buck Hollow Overlook is one of 72 beautiful overlooks that are on Skyline Drive. Skyline Dive is the road that winds through the heart of Shenandoah National Park.
Hike the Shenandoah River State Park Loop
Virginia / Shenandoah River State Park Parking
Shenandoah River State Park is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. The park is full of well-maintained trails great for hiking and mountain biking.
Hike Betty's Rock
Virginia / Betty's Rock Parking Area
To reach Betty’s Rock, park at Crescent Rock Overlook located at mile marker 44.5 along Skyline Drive.
Hang Out At Riverview Park
Virginia / Riverview Park
Riverview park has tons of options for getting outside around Charlottesville, VA. Part of the Rivanna Trail runs through here, so if you are really ambitious, this trail goes around the entire city.
Hike Molly's Knob
Virginia / Molly's Knob Trailhead
The parking lot is located on the east side of the lake, just before the group lodge on Lake Drive. The Molly’s Knob trail begins just uphill on the right and is marked by white blazes.
Walk around Beaver Lake, Pocahontas SP
Virginia / Beaver Lake Parking Area
The trail passes by an old furnace and then descends until you reach the lake. At the lake there is a nice pier to view the water and do some bird watching. Continue on the trail around the lake.
Photograph Devils Knob Overlook
Virginia / Devils Knob Overlook
Located next to Wintergreen Resort, Devils Knob is super easy to get to and has an amazing 180 degree panoramic view.
Fly Fish Goshen Pass
Virginia / Goshen Pass
The fly fishing on the Maury River is one of a kind through the Goshen Pass.
Climb Manchester Wall
Virginia / Manchester Wall Parking
To get here, set your GPS to the address pinned below and park on the side curb in the Suntrust Bank lot. From here, walk opposite your car and follow the trail over the high walk and railroad tracks.
Bike the New River Trail
Virginia / New River Trail
There are several locations to begin your trek on the New River Trail, but our favorite is the Draper Valley area. The pin on the map will take you right to the parking lot.
Photograph Hazel Mountain Overlook
Virginia / Hazel Mountain Overlook
Skyline Dive runs through the heart of Shenandoah National Park. Consisting of 72 overlooks over 105 miles, Skyline Drive offers great views of the surrounding Blue Ride Mountains and valleys.
Catch a Sunset at the Jordan Bridge
Virginia / South Norfolk Jordan Bridge
The South Norfolk Jordan Bridge spans the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River connecting Chesapeake and Portsmouth, Virginia.
Hike the Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Loop
Virginia / Red Rock Wilderness Overlook
Red Rock Wilderness Overlook provides 60+ acres of trails to explore right in Leesburg, Virginia.
Hike to Twin Pinnacles
Virginia / Grayson Highlands State Park Visitors Center
Park at the Visitor Center; don't stress when you get to the parking lot and can't see it, it's up the hill. From the parking lot hike across the road and find the staircase.
Hike and Fish Cabin Creek Trail
Virginia / Grayson Highlands State Park Massies Gap Parking Area
Starting at the Massie Gap Parking Area follow the paved road down towards the woods. You will see a gravel dirt path off the side of the road to your right that heads back towards the woods.
Hike to Wind Rock
Virginia / Wind Rock Trailhead
At the parking lot cross the gravel road to the trail head that starts at a map posted on the edge of the road.
Catch A Sunset At Kiptopeke State Park
Virginia / Kiptopeke Parking
This beautiful State Park on the Virginia Eastern Shore provides visitors with a very secluded beach even in the dead of summer.
Hike to the Rice Fields
Virginia / Appalachian Trail (Rice Fields TH)
This hike begins on the Appalachian Trail just north of Pearisburg, Virginia. To get to the trail head, take Route 460 and turn on to Clendennin Road(Route 641). Take Clendennin road 1.
Hike to The Pinnacle in Shenandoah NP
Virginia / Pinnacles Picnic Area
The Pinnacle is a little-known outcrop on the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park. You will not find it marked on the park map, but that doesn’t make it any less-worthy of your time.
Hike the Harkening Hill Loop
Virginia / Harkening Hill Trailhead
To get to the trailhead, pull into the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center off of the Blue Ridge Parkway and park there. Proceed to the outdoor amphitheater behind the center.
Hike to Saint Mary's Falls
Virginia / Saint Mary's Road Parking Area
Saint Mary's Wilderness is one of Virginia's largest designated wilderness areas and is an old iron ore mining area.
Hike through the New River Cave
Virginia / New River Cave
After reaching the parking area, cross the road and continue up the trail for about 0.3 miles. At the kiosk, make sure to register in order to indicate that you are going into the cave.
Fly Fish the Tom's Creek-Poverty Creek Junction
Virginia / Poverty Creek Road
Head west on Glade Road from Blacksburg for 4.0 miles until it merges onto Mt. Zion Road. Continue on this for another 1.5 until you pass New Mt Zion Church on your right.
Camp at Claytor Lake State Park
Virginia / Claytor Lake State Park
Claytor Lake is a very well maintained state park in Dublin, VA. There are four campgrounds available.
Hike the Whiteoak Trail in Shenandoah NP
Virginia / Whiteoak Falls Trailhead
The round trip is a total of 7.3 miles (11.8 km) from the Skyline Drive parking lot to the Whiteoak Canyon Trailhead parking lot (mile 42.6) to the final waterfall of the lower three.
Hike Bear Church Rock via the Graves Mill Trail
Virginia / Graves Mill Parking Area
Starting at the Graves Mill Parking area, head up the yellow blazed trail that is marked by a big cement marker. The trail will follow closely beside the gorgeous Rapidan River.
Bike Camp False Cape
Virginia / False Cape State Park
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.
Camp at Sherando Lake
Virginia / Sherando Lake
Sherando Lake is a beautifully maintained dog/family friendly campground situated between two lakes.
Mountain Bike the Lakeview Trails in Pocahontas State Park
Virginia / Pocahontas State Park CCC Museum and Trailhead
Lakeview I, II, and III are rated intermediate single track mountain bike trails with continuous descents and climbs, great flow, tight turns, rooty sections, a few logs, and some rocky areas.
Catch a Sunset at the Old Pungo Ferry Landing
Virginia / Old Pungo Ferry Landing
From the Virginia Beach ocean front, head South on VA-149/General Booth Blvd for 6 miles. Turn left onto Princess Anne Rd and head South for 10.5 miles. Turn right onto Old Pungo Ferry Rd.
Fish Sinking Creek at Clover Hollow Queens Truss Bridge
Virginia / Clover Hollow Covered Bridge
Park alongside of the road at the bridge where 2-3 cars can fit. From here you can fish in Sinking Creek with a great view of this historic landmark.
Mountain Bike at Carvins Cove
Virginia / Bennett Springs Parking Lot
Carvins Cove draws attention from all over the mountain biking community, and has so much to offer both the beginner and expert alike.
Backpack Reeds Gap to Rockfish Gap
Virginia / Reeds Gap, Virginia
Note: We usually get a chance to take this trip in the summer, so please pay attention to the weather and pack accordingly.
Hike to Historical Rapidan Camp in Shenandoah National Park
Virginia / Milam Gap Parking
For this hike park at the Milam Gap parking lot located at mile 52.8 on Skyline Drive. Once parked you will cross Skyline Drive to reach the trail.
Mountain Bike the Box Turtle and Tall Oaks Trails
Virginia / Heritage Center Parking and Trailhead
Box Turtle (marked with a green circle) and Tall Oaks (marked with a blue square) are part of the Morgan Trail system which both start and end at the same location. The 2.
Explore the Shenandoah Caverns
Virginia / Shenandoah Caverns
Located west of Washington D.C. off Interstate 81 (exit 269) Shenandoah Caverns is a nice little place tucked away in the Virginia country side.
Hike South River Falls
Virginia / South River Falls Trailhead
The trail head for the South River Falls Trail is located at mile marker 63 off of Skyline Drive via the South River Picnic Area.
Hike to the Keffer Oak on the Appalachian Trail
Virginia / Keffer Oak - Appalachian Trail
You can park your car at the small gravel lot where VA-42 and Rt. 629 intersect. Starting from the Appalachian Trail crossing at VA-42, head north on the AT, which winds through some grass meadows.
Mountain Bike the Morel Ravine and Little West Virginia Trails
Virginia / Heritage Center Parking and Trailhead
Morel Ravine (marked with a red square) and Little West Virginia (marked with a black diamond and red square) are part of the Morgan Trail system which are both reached by riding the Tall Oaks (blue .
Hike along the River Walk Trail in Roanoke's Explore Park
Virginia / Rutrough Parking Area
Starting at a great spot to picnic, fish, or put in a kayak, this casual hike meanders along the Roanoke River.
Photograph Yorktown Beach
Virginia / Yorktown Beach
With the George P. Coleman bridge spanning the width of the York River, a fishing pier, and numerous rock jetties, Yorktown Beach is a great location for photographing sunrises or sunsets.
Hike the Lake Trail Loop at Hungry Mother SP
Virginia / Hungry Mother SP Parking Area (Lake Dr)
Hungry Mother State Park is located in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains in Southern Virginia.
Hike the Preddy Creek Loop
Virginia / Preddy Creek Trail
My husband is a runner and I am not. I hate to run and the entire time I am running I am exhausting myself thinking how much I hate running. However, I love hiking.
Snowshoe the Blue Ridge Parkway
Virginia / Blue Ridge Parkway at Blue Ridge Virginia
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.
Fly Fish on the Robinson River
Virginia / White Oak Canyon Trailhead
There are two sections that you can fish on the Robinson River. The first section is about 15 minutes away from the trailhead of White Oak Canyon.
Hike to Stiles Falls
Virginia / Alta Mons Parking Lot
Park at the Alta Mons camp parking lot, and start walking the gravel road. There will be signs throughout the trail that lead to the waterfall. Continue down the trail for 1.5 miles.
Hike the Osmanthus Trail
Virginia / First Landing Trail Center
This loop hike is accessed from a short walk from the Bold Cypress Trail and the visitor center. There are no views along this trail but the what I enjoyed was the pine needle covered trail itself.
Photograph Moormans River Overlook
Virginia / Moorman's River Overlook
Moormans River Overlook is one of the few eastern facing overlooks in Shenandoah National Park’s Southern District, which makes this a prime location for watching the sun rise when in this part of th.
Hike the Bald Cypress Trail
Virginia / First Landing Trail Center
This is an easy hike that meanders a bit more than any of the other trails in the park. It is also the most diverse in what you will see.
Climb to the Top of the Cape Henry Lighthouse
Virginia / Cape Henry Lighthouse
Visit not one, but two of the most historic and important lighthouses to our great nation. The original Cape Henry Lighthouse was the U.S.
Hike Cedar Run Falls Trail
Virginia / Whiteoak Canyon Lower Parking Lot
Cedar Run Falls is located in the central district of Shenandoah National Park. This is a pretty waterfall that flows into a deep swimming hole.
Hike Laurel Run
Virginia / Laurel Run Trailhead
There are two parking spots for this trail. Park at the lower lot if the gate is closed, if the gate is open, continue up the road for another mile until you reach another closed gate. Park here.
Hike to Naked Creek Falls
Virginia / Naked Creek Overlook
Please note that there is no trail leading to these falls. This hike is for advanced hikers.
Walk the Bryan Park Azalea Gardens
Virginia / Joseph Bryan Park
A short distance from downtown Richmond, this park contains over 450,000 azalea plants in 76 different beds that are usually in peak bloom around mid-April every year.
Rock Climb at Goshen Pass
Virginia / 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.
Hike at Turkey Run Park, McLean
Virginia / Turkey Run Parking
Turkey Run Park is available to hikers year-around and is located just off of George Washington Parkway in McLean, Virginia.
Hike the Woodmarsh Trail
Virginia / Woodmarsh Trail, Mason Neck State Park
Just at the entrance to Mason Neck State Park is the Woodmarsh Trail. The entire loop is about 3 miles. This is a pleasant easy hike that is relatively flat with no rocks to speak of.
Take a Stroll around Maymont Park
Virginia / Maymont Park
There are two entrances to Maymont: the Nature Center Parking area and the Estate Parking Lot.
Hike Robertson Mountain in Shenandoah NP
Virginia / Robertson Mountain (Limberlost TH)
Robertson Mountain is often overshadowed by the nearby Old Rag Mountain, but standing 5 feet taller than Old Rag, this hike offers seclusion and gorgeous views to the south.
Photograph The Point Overlook
Virginia / The Point Overlook
The Point is the best overlook off of Skyline Drive to watch the sun set behind the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Hike North Mount Marshall in Shenandoah NP
Virginia / Mount Marshall Pull-Off
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.
Photograph Brown Mountain Overlook
Virginia / Brown Mountain Overlook
At mile post 77 off of Skyline Drive, Brown Mountain Overlook offers photographers a western view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park, and the Shenandoah Valley.
Three Falls Hike
Virginia / Lewis Spring Falls Trailhead
The Three Falls Hike in Shenandoah National Park will take you past three beautiful waterfalls all found within the central district of the park: Lewis Spring Falls, Dark Hollow Falls, and Rose River.
Catch A Sunset at the Munden Point Park Pier
Virginia / Munden Point Park Pier
Once in the park, you want to make your way to the most northern section of the park for the best sunset shots.
Hike the Riverview Trail
Virginia / York River SP Parking Area
From the parking area at the visitor center, pick up the Backbone Trail marked with gold blazes. The trails are well marked with signage and arrows.
Visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Virginia / Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Lewis Ginter has over 2 miles of pathways to follow through more than a dozen themed gardens including a Children's Garden, Rose Garden, Asian Garden and a conservatory.