Our Most Popular Trails
These are Virginia Trail Guide’s most searched and most viewed hikes as of April 2016!
1. Mt. Rogers
At the top of the list for the third year – Mt. Rogers – Virginia’s tallest peak. It also has wild ponies, breathtaking views and one of Virginia’s most spectacular rhododendron blooms. In our book, Mt. Rogers is a must-see destination for every Virginia hiker. It’s our all-time favorite hike in the state!
2. Sharp Top
Sharp Top climbs its way from number 3 to number 2. It’s a classic central Virginia hike with spectacular views. For those preferring an easier day, there is a shuttle bus that goes almost to the top of the mountain.
3. Crabtree Falls
Crabtree Falls falls to the number 3 spot (from 2). This long, meandering waterfall tumbles down the mountainside over the entire course of the hikes. If you like to hike along and hear the sound of rushing water, this hike is a don’t miss!
4. Hawksbill Mountain
It’s no surprise that Hawksbill Mountain has a spot in the top ten – up from number 6 to number 4. It’s a moderate hike with amazing views, located right in the heart of Shenandoah National Park. Hawksbill is also the park’s tallest mountain. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of peregrine falcons along the way.
5. Dark Hollow Falls
Shenandoah National Park’s most popular short waterfall hike climbed from number 10 to number 5! If you hike to Dark Hollow expect a steep climb and lots of people!
6. Spy Rock
Spy Rock drops to number 6. The views are majestic and it’s great fun to scale the enormous rock to get to the viewpoint. This area of Virginia is rich with some of the state’s most beautiful hikes.
7. McAfee Knob
McAfee Knob stays at spot number 7! It’s a classic and it was one of our very first blog posts! McAfee Knob is considered a must-do Virginia hike. The ledge in the photo above is the most photographed spot on the Appalachian Trail.
8. Humpback Rock
Humpback Rocks is back in the top ten again this year after falling briefly down to number 12, It’s probably one of central Virginia’s most popular and accessible hikes.
9. Seneca Rocks
Seneca Rocks climbs back into the top 10 (from spot 11) this year. It’s a great hike to the edge of the prominent rocky ‘fin’ giving this hike its name.
10. White Oak Canyon
This hike falls from number 4 down to the number 10 spot! While you can do this trail as a longer loop paired with Cedar Run, we tackled our number five hike as an out-and-back. White Oak Canyon is another of Shenandoah’s most popular waterfall hikes. One of our favorite memories from this hike is watching a momma bear and her two cubs from the trail.
These hikes were all just outside the top ten.
11. Rose River
12. Three Ridges
16. The Priest
17. Marys Rock
18. Overall Run (first time in the top 20!)
20. Riprap Trail