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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Explore Ravens Roost Overlook

Virginia / Ravens Roost Overlook

This cozy little overlook is very simple to get to.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Camp at Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park

Virginia / Big Meadows Campground

Visiting Shenandoah National Park for the first time can be quite overwhelming.

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Hike 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.

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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.

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Hike to Tinker Cliffs

Virginia / Tinker Cliff Parking lot

Looking for a day trip? Look no further than Tinker Cliffs, tucked away in Virginia.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Explore Skyline Drive In Winter

Virginia / Skyline Drive (Shenandoah National Park)

Skyline Drive is a winding highway that cuts straight through Shenandoah National Park.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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Visit Colonial Williamsburg

Virginia / Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center

Williamsburg, Virginia , founded in 1632, is one of the oldest cities in America.

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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.

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Visit Bull Run Battlefield

Virginia / Manassas National Battlefield Park

Located about 40 minutes from D.C. just off I-66 in Manassas, VA.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fly Fish Goshen Pass

Virginia / Goshen Pass

The fly fishing on the Maury River is one of a kind through the Goshen Pass.

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Camp at Sherando Lake

Virginia / Sherando Lake

Sherando Lake is a beautifully maintained dog/family friendly campground situated between two lakes.

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Hike Turk Mountain

Virginia / Turk Mountain Gap

From the parking area at Turk Gap (MP 94.1), cross over the Skyline Drive.  The Appalachian Trail (AT) intersects right here, and take the AT south by taking the trail on the left.  After 0.

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Hike the Rose River Falls to Dark Hollow Falls Loop

Virginia / Fisher's Gap Overlook Parking

Parking at the trailhead is a few miles north of Big Meadows at the Fisher's Gap Overlook parking area.

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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.

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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.

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Explore the James River Pipeline in Richmond

Virginia / Pipeline Parking

Pipeline is a metal catwalk located on top of a giant stormwater pipe in downtown Richmond.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hike Goshen Pass

Virginia / Goshen Pass Trailhead

The parking for the trailhead is down an unmarked gravel/dirt road about 1.5 miles upriver from the Virginia Wayside rest area on Route 39 West.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photograph Range View Overlook

Virginia / Range View Overlook

Range View Overlook in Shenandoah National Park is an amazing spot to watch the sunrise and sunset where the Blue Ridge Mountains meet the rolling hills.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photograph 20 Minute Cliff Overlook

Virginia / 20 Minute Cliff Overlook

Located at mile marker 19 along the Blue Ridge Parkway, 20 Minute Cliff Overlook is super easy to access and has an amazing 180 degree panoramic view.

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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.

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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.

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Hike to White Rock Falls

Virginia / White Rock Falls Trailhead

Park in The Slacks Overlook parking lot on the Blue Ridge Parkway, around milepost 20. From there exit the parking lot back onto the road and head left.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hike Big Meadows

Virginia / Big Meadows Parking Area

Big Meadows is located in the middle of Shenandoah National Park and a great place for the whole family to explore, including your four legged friends.

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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.

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Photograph Pinnacles Overlook

Virginia / Pinnacles Overlook on Skyline Drive

Pinnacles Overlook in Shenandoah National Park is a southern facing overlook in the Central District that provides one of the best views of Old Rag.

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Hike the Appalachian Trail from Elk Garden to Buzzard Rock

Virginia / Elk Garden Parking Area

Starting at the Elk Garden Parking Area hike the Appalachian Trail south (do not cross the road, follow the trail from the parking area). Hike along the trail following the white blazes and at 2.

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Hike to Hollow Brook Falls

Virginia / Hollow Brook Falls Trailhead (AT)

This hike will start on the Appalachian Trail and will take you to a beautiful set of falls.  When you arrive at the location you will see numerous spots along the side of the road to park.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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Hike from Riverbend Regional Park to Great Falls National Park

Virginia / Potomac Heritage Trail: Riverbend Park

This hike utilizes the Potomac Heritage Trail from Riverbend Park to Great Falls National Park.

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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.

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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.

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Hike Theodore Roosevelt Island

Virginia / Theodore Roosevelt Island Trailhead

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.

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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.

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Photograph Wild Horses at Grayson Highlands State Park

Virginia / Horse Trail North Trailhead

The wild horses gather on top of the bald at the end of Horse Trail North located in Grayson Highlands State Park. Because they are wild, it is important to remember not to touch or feed the horses.

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Hike to Hazel Falls in Shenandoah National Park

Virginia / Meadow Spring Parking Area

The trail to Hazel Falls may not be the most "wow" trail in Shenandoah but it is well worth it to reach the beautiful gorge where Hazel River falls over big boulders.

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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.

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Camp at Comers Rock Recreation Area

Virginia / Comers Rock Recreation Area

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.

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Hike the High Rock Trail

Virginia / High Rock Trailhead

The hike to High Rocks begins at a gravel parking lot up a long winding road, seems like forever but really is only mile or two past the quarry when your turn onto the road.

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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.

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Hike Limberlost Trail in Shenandoah National Park

Virginia / Limberlost Trail, Shenandoah National Park

The Limberlost Trail is a loop trail within Shenandoah National Park.

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Hike the Bird Knob Trail

Virginia / Bird Knob Trail

Bird Knob trail and aptly-named Emerald Pond are a not-so-well-kept secret worth sharing.

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Explore Skyline Caverns

Virginia / Skyline Caverns

Skyline Caverns is located right off Stonewall Jackson Highway with plenty of parking.  The cave tour is about 60 minutes with little walking and minimal elevation gain.

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