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Our Most Popular Trails

November 18, 2013

These are Virginia Trail Guide’s most searched and most viewed hikes as of April 2016!

Mt. Rogers is beautiful, rugged and home to several herds of wild ponies.

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!

View of Abbot Lake from Sharp Top Summit

The view from the Sharp Top Summit is gorgeous!

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.

Another beautiful section of Crabtree Falls.

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!

This is the first of the four summit views you’ll come to along the Hawksbill Loop Trail.

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.

Autumn at Dark Hollow

Autumn at Dark Hollow

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!

Adam Explores Spy Rock

Adam Explores Spy Rock

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.

This View of McAfee is an Appalachian Trail Icon

This View of McAfee is iconic Appalachian Trail imagery.

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.


The summit of Humpback Rock is almost always crowded.

The summit of Humpback Rock is almost always crowded.

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.


The Sites Homestead

The Sites Homestead with Seneca Rocks in the background.

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.

Upper Falls of White Oak Canyon

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

13. Massanutten Ridge

14. Stony Man & Little Stony Man

15. Cole/Cold Mountain

16. The Priest

17. Marys Rock

18. Overall Run (first time in the top 20!)

19. Old Rag – via Weakley Hollow

20. Riprap Trail

8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 7, 2014 4:23 pm

    Thanks for the summaries and useful info. I appreciate your hard work keeping this site going!


  2. Chuck permalink
    April 29, 2014 10:17 am

    Mt. Rogers is real, but it seems unreal. Really, I went up there last year after reading your description. I’m going again soon for an overnighter.

    Thanks for the list.


  3. Suz permalink
    August 21, 2012 2:51 pm

    Thanks so much for providing these summaries! I’ve found the blog really useful for planning day trips from DC.


  4. October 9, 2011 4:28 pm

    Jason… doesn’t the Pinnacle look a lot prettier when there are green leaves to look out across? We passed this spot when we hiked the AT in April, but it wasn’t nearly so stunning then!


  5. October 9, 2011 3:53 pm

    Someday I’ll return to the Dark Hollow Falls trail and actually hike to Dark Hollow Falls. Listing out the most popular/viewed hikes from your blog was a great idea, this was very interesting. The picture of Adam on The Pinnacle, by the way, is astounding. The scenery! The sky! And he looks like a superhero up there.


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