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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 - Mile Marker 305.2
    (.7 miles, elevation gain: 120 ft – two great views)
  • 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)
  • 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 – Lee Ranger District
    (5.5 miles, elevation gain: 2240 ft. – 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)

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.)

Shenandoah National Park

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)

West Virginia

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