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This month marks the 80th anniversary of the #AppalachianTrail, which passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. . With so many access points along its approximate 2,190-mile route, this trail is not only an excellent option for thru-hikers and section-hikers, but also day-hikers and those looking to escape into nature for a few hours. . To honor the Appalachian Trail, we have compiled a list state by state of some of our favorite day hikes along the AT. Check out this list for Virginia and help us celebrate the legacy and natural wonder of this trail!

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Logged 3.5 miles from the Upper to the Lower Parking areas. Very nice views along this loop. The Appalachian Trail was very icy in spots.

8-17, One of the best east coast hikes. The overlook is so picturesque and emblematic of VA’s AT. We went on a very clear afternoon. Lots of climbing but well worth it. Took us about 4 hours.

Great hike with great views. One of the best hikes I have done on the east coast. Not sure what makes it “hard” as it was pretty level. The hardest part was dodging the pony droppings.

Hiked on Sunday, Nov 25. Only passed 8 others (most on my way down). Thus, plenty of parking when I arrived at 7:15am. No parking lot, no outhouse. Lovely trail. Easy to follow, of course, thanks to the AT's white blazes. My GPS had me at 2.06 miles to the first overlook. The elevation change to the second overlook (Wilburn Valley View; 0.6 miles) is minimal; just do it! View is even better here on a clear day; no industrial plant as in the first view (still pretty!). There are portions that are more strenuous than other local trails, but this is well worth the effort. Highly recommended!

Stats:
5.3 miles (including both overlooks)
2:09 hours

This is an amazing trail for the entire family. It is labeled easy, but I’d call it moderate for children or out of shape individuals. The trail leads to an unbelievable view and some cool features. Definitely a must for the family or for anyone that wants to hike but isn’t prepared to go very far in. Bring some lunch, and enjoy the views while you dine :)
*Not stroller or wheelchair friendly :(

The hike is actually 4.2 to the Overlook..take the AT to the Knob, better trail but I took the fire trail down to Rt 311 parking lot.. total trail was a 8.6 mile loop. Both trails lead to the outlook trail inlet
Definitely worth the seeing this on a sunny day you can see mountains for miles.

This hike was a bucket list one for me and it did not disappoint. The last mile or so is the hardest but the view is one of the greatest i have ever seen. Me and a buddy at lunch there on one of the quieter spots on the cliffs just did not want to leave.

I would suggest a sturdy truck to get up to the parking lot (state maintenance ends on the road leading up to trailhead). I did ok in my Honda Civic but would have rather had my Ram. Other than that the hike was fabulous! Great landscaping and views!

Virginia moderate is way different from Indiana moderate but it was worth the challenge and was a great hike

Well traveled loop, save your energy for the stretch to the top!

A truly pleasant hike with outstanding views.

I hiked this on 11/12/18 and despite being rather overcast, the views were still stunning at the summit. I spent the night in the parking lot and started out at sunrise. This was a great hike, and a truly rewarding experience. Leaves and some sprinkling rain made parts rather slippery, but was all to be expected in mid-November.

Don’t let the short distance fool you, this trail is great! The rock scramble at the top is pretty awesome and the views are just spectacular! A great place to watch the sun go down!

We did this hike with our dog last weekend and it was amazing! We got there at 7:30 am on Saturday and got the last actual parking spot in the lot, so definitely get there early. We did the trail up and the fire road back. Trail is definitely more difficult but it’s fun for the way up. The views at the top are absolutely amazing and definitely worth it!

Excellent trail. Gorgeous views. Challenging, but by no means brutal.

Beautiful views. We took the fire road up and back. Overall took just under 4 hours with breaks and time at the summit. Very crowded in the parking lot, so make sure you get there early so you don’t have to park on the side of the road and get a ticket as I saw others getting.

Good hike for a day trip. We took the fire road up and down because it was easier. I overpacked and should have only carried extra water snacks/food, and layers of clothes. It took is 3 hours or so up and back. Rested at the top for an hour. Beautiful views from the top. The rest of the route had limited views. I got a parking ticket for parking on the side of the highway since the lot was full ($15 fine). Pretty crowded on the trail.

well maintained trail with easy access from the parking lot. Took about 2 hours each way with minimal difficulty and plenty of photographs. The ridge above the main trail is worth walking. Once you make it to the overlook you won't be disappointed even in foggy conditions!

Loved it! I went for a sunset hike in October during peak foliage and it was beautiful! Lots of pretty scenery and rock formations to climb on. Sunrise would be better because the rock at the top faces east. But still super incredible!

hiked up late on Friday. The clouds blocked our view. Camped near Cambell shelter, braved the rain, wind and cold weather and a much better view in the morning.

Didn’t get a chance to do the trail. Cops were ticketing everyone that wasn’t in the parking lot. Going right down the line with tickets. Be careful where you park. Guess I have to find another hike now.

Careful with where you start at Jenkins Gap - there are 3 different starting routes, and if you pick the wrong one (the one in the middle), you’ll end up in a town.

If you stick to the course though, it’s a pretty easy hike. Took my dog on the 16+ mile journey, and she ended up with 10 ticks on her in November, so keep that in mind.

Also, walked within 10ft of a black bear. There are signs posted throughout the hike warning you about bears, so be ready.

Breathtaking views! Worth the mud and narrow parts of the trail. Steady hike but could use more trail markings.

The most beautiful view!!

Great short hike with a great view from the top. took the grandkids ages 4 and 5. They did just fine. we did the loop and loved the short trip on the AT.

I like this hike, a bit long but totally worth it.

Amazing! Definitely a hike that feels as if you are on top of the world ⛰

One of the best hikes I have been on. My wife and I did this one this morning. Weather was perfect. Definitely gets a little strenuous in the last mile to the top. It’s just a slow and steady climb but so worth the view!

Beautiful 7.6 mile hike that falls somewhere near moderate difficulty. Parking lot area is on the side of the road, which you must cross to start the hike. Trail follows along next to a fire road most of the way. McAfee Knob is breath taking.

Absolutely amazing views. Very windy in mid October. Wore my baby and didn’t have many issues. The incline on the way up is enough to get your heart going. There were 2 rock scrambles along the salamander trail on the way back down that were a bit of a challenge. With babies and dogs. Wish we would’ve packed a picnic for the top. Lots of space to relax at the summit.

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