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Shenandoah National Park

Blue Ridge Parkway

  • Appalachian Trail – Dripping Rock to Rockfish Gap – Mile Marker 9.5
    (14.5 miles, elevation gain: 2900 ft. – views and great shelter)
  • Beacon Heights  (North Carolina) - Mile Marker 305.2
    (.7 miles, elevation gain: 120 ft – two great views)
  • Black Balsam and Tennent Mountain (North Carolina) –  near Mile Marker 420
    (6.6 miles, elevation gain: 1300 ft, spectacular views and balds)
  • The Devil’s Marbleyard – Mile Marker 71
    (8.1 miles, elevation gain: 1510 ft. – huge boulder field, obstructed views)
  • Dobie Mountain – Mile Marker 6
    (6.2 miles, elevation gain: 1500 ft. – views, plane wreckage, nice shelter)
  • Flat Top – Mile Marker 83.5
    (5.4 miles, elevation gain: 1391 ft. – nice views)
  • Humpback Rock – Mile Marker 6
    (2 miles, elevation gain: 720 ft. – nice views, overcrowded)
  • Linn Cove Viaduct (North Carolina) – Mile Marker 304
    (1 mile, elevation gain: negligible – nice view of the bridge along the curved roadway)
  • MacRae Peak – Grandfather Mountain (North Carolina) – near Mile Marker 305
    (3.5 miles, elevation gain: 1600 ft. – amazing views, ladder climbs, and swinging bridge)
  • Mt. Pisgah (North Carolina)  - near Mile Marker 407
    (3 miles, elevation gain: 700 ft. – good views, safe for children, eyesore television tower)
  • Rocky Knob – Mile Marker 168
    (2.3 miles, elevation gain: 480 ft. – decent views, open meadows)
  • Rough Ridge (North Carolina) – Mile Marker 302.8
    (1.2 miles, elevation gain: 480 ft. – amazing mountain views!)
  • Sharp Top and Buzzard’s Roost – Mile Marker 85.9
    (3.4 miles, elevation gain: 1340 ft. – fantastic views, overcrowded)
  • Sherando Lake Loop – Mile Marker 16
    (2.5 miles, elevation gain: 998 feet – pleasant, easy walk with great lake/mountain views)
  • Three Ridges – Mile Marker 13.7
    (13.2 miles, elevation gain: 3900 ft.  amazing views, streams/small waterfalls)

George Washington National Forest

  • Beards Mountain – Douthat State Park
    (7 miles, elevation gain: 1400 ft. – decent views of the lake)
  • Big Schloss – Lee Ranger District
    (4 miles, elevation gain: 1000 ft. – spectacular views)
  • Bird Knob
    (8.3 miles, elevation gain: 1650 ft. – great views and a pretty pond)
  • Buzzard Rock – Lee Ranger District
    (4 miles, elevation gain: 650 ft. – nice views)
  • Cole/Cold Mountain – Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger District
    (5.8 miles, elevation gain: 1490 ft. – spectacular views, open meadows)
  • Crabtree Falls – Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger District
    (3.4 miles, elevation gain: 1000 ft. – waterfall, very crowded trail)
  • Duncan Knob – Lee Ranger District
    (3.5 miles, elevation gain: 1200 ft. – spectacular views, fun rock scramble)
  • Flat Run Trail – Douthat State Park
    (5 miles, bike ride, elevation gain: none – along a scenic creek)
  • Fridley Gap Loop
    (6 miles, elevation gain: 1417 ft,  a couple nice views, pretty stream, great backcountry camping)
  • Hone Quarry Ridge – Dry River Ranger District
    (5 miles, one nice view, near a GWNF established campground)
  • Kaylor Knob – Lee Ranger District
    (3.3 miles, elevation gain: 450 ft. – decent views)
  • Kennedy Peak – Lee Ranger District
    (4.75 miles, elevation gain: 400 ft. – excellent views, fire tower)
  • Massanutten Ridge Trail – Massanutten Resort
    (4 miles, elevation gain: 1000 ft. – nice views, feral goats)
  • Massanutten Story Book Trail – Lee Ranger District
    (.5 miles, elevation gain: none – pretty views, wheelchair accessible)
  • Mount Pleasant – Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger District
    (5.4 miles, elevation gain: 1350 ft. – pretty views, two summits)
  • The Priest – Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger District
    (2.8 miles, elevation gain: 1000 ft. – nice views, recommend 4WD to get to trailhead)
  • Spy Rock – Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger District
    (3.1 miles, elevation gain: 1260 ft. – fantastic views)
  • Strickler Knob – via Scothorn Gap – Lee Ranger District
    (5.5 miles, elevation gain: 1600 ft. – fantastic views, fun rock scramble)
  • Strickler Knob – via Massanutten Trailhead
    (9.1 miles, elevation gain: 2250 ft. – tough climbing, fantastic views, fun rock scramble)
  • Tibbet Knob – Lee Ranger District
    (3.1 miles, elevation gain: 830 ft. – excellent views)
  • Trimble Mountain – North River Ranger District
    (4 miles, elevation gain: 1050 ft. – ok views, close to Todd Lake)
  • Woodstock Tower – Lee Ranger District
    (2 miles, elevation gain: 500 ft. – great views, fire tower)

Jefferson National Forest

  • McAfee Knob – near Roanoke
    (8.3 miles, elevation gain: 1740 ft. – fantastic views, famous rock ledge)
  • Molly’s Knob – Hungry Mother State Park
    (3.8 miles, elevation gain: 1000 ft. – nice views)
  • Mount Rogers – Grayson Highlands State Park
    (9 miles, elevation gain: 1100 ft. – breathtaking views, wild ponies, Virginia’s highest peak)
  • New River Trail – Fries to Foster Falls
    (21.3 miles, bike ride, elevation gain: none. – fantastic views of the New River)
  • Twin Pinnacles Trail – Grayson Highlands State Park
    (1.6 miles, elevation gain: 250 ft. – wonderful views from two spots)
  • Virginia Creeper (Whitetop to Damascus) – Mount Rogers Recreational Area
    (18 miles, bike ride, elevation loss: 1646 ft. – beautiful scenery, lots of pretty streams and bridges)

Northern Virginia

  • Sky Meadows Loop – Sky Meadows State Park
    (5.5 miles, elevation gain: 1100 ft. – gorgeous open meadow views)
  • South Valley Trail – Prince William Forest Park
    (3.1 miles, elevation gain: none. – pretty stream and man-made lake)

Other Virginia Hikes

These hikes are in Virginia, but are not in Shenandoah National Park, along the Blue Ridge Parkway or on National Forest Land.

  • Edith J. Carrier Arboretum – Harrisonburg, Va
    (Various lengths, easy stroll through beautiful native/botanical gardens.)
  • Elk Run Trail – Elkton, VA
    (Various lengths, nearly flat system of wooded running/walking paths.)
  • Beaver Lake Trail – Pocahontas State Park
    (2.5 miles, elevation gain: 200 ft. -pretty lake views)
  • Fortune’s Cove – Lovingston, VA
    (5.1 miles, elevation gain: 1700 ft – surprisingly tough with beautiful Virginia countryside views.)
  • House Mountain – Lexington, VA
    (8.75 miles, elevation gain: 2850 ft. – gorgeous panoramic views from rocky outcroppings.)

West Virginia

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