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Best trails in George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

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Looking for a great trail in George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Virginia? AllTrails has 142 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 82 moderate trails in George Washington and Jefferson National Forests ranging from 0.7 to 18.4 miles and from 679 to 4,379 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Crabtree Falls Trail
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
Note: Upcoming road maintenance projects will result in temporary road closures along short sections of the parkway. Please check the park page (https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/crabtree-falls-trail.htm) for up to date trail accessibility before visiting. The lower portion of this trail is WHEELCHAIR accessible when it isn't too wet. Parking fee $3. The trailhead is located off a marked parking lot 6 miles down State Road 56 off the Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 27. The parking lot has a small daily fee required to park. The hike is approximately 1.5 miles up, touching 5 unique overlooks of the falls. Most of the trail is not paved, although a small section to the 1st overlook is. The earlier overlooks are easier to access, with stairs and handrails, but getting to the top is moderately difficult. At the top, you can begin the descent back down to the parking lot or continue another 1.5 miles to Crabtree Meadows.Show more
#2 - Humpback Rocks Recreation Area
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
#3 - Buzzard Rock
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 4 h 7 m
PLEASE NOTE: that parking space in the parking lot is very limited. It there’s no parking in the parking lot, we do not recommend parking in any of the unmarked dirt patches along the main road. They aren’t marked with no parking nor private property signs but you may get towed. Nice panoramic view. Hiking boots or shoes with ankle support recommended as the second half of the trail is rocky. Get there early as possible. Parking space is limited. Don't park on the side of the road (on grass) or along private property. Your car will get either towed or ticketed. Another option is to start your trail from Signal Knob Trailhead since parking is limited at the Buzzard Rock Trailhead. This hike is only 2 miles from parking lot to view and you can choose to continue to from there.Show more
#4 - Humpback Rocks Loop Via the Appalachian Trail
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
#5 - Three Ridges Trail
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
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Length: 13.3 mi • Est. 8 h
Situated in Central Virginia, just 30 miles southwest of Charlottesville, the hike has vista after vista along the Appalachian Trail, and many small waterfalls and pools on the Mau-Har Trail on Campbell Creek.Show more
#6 - Spy Rock Trail via Cash Hollow
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
The private property trail to Spy Rock from the state fish hatchery is CLOSED (there are signs saying no public access to National Forest). Meadow Ln is not accessible to all types of vehicles all the time. Not recommended for low clearance sports cars due to two stream crossings at .5 mile and 1.2 mile point. Not recommended for any vehicle if it’s forecasted to snow (it’s state maintained but not cleared in the winter).Show more
#7 - Cole Mountain via Appalachian Trail
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
Please note that hikers have seen rattlesnakes on this hike. Show more
#8 - Signal Knob Loop Trail
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 4 h 56 m
#9 - White Rock Falls Loop
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
Note: Users have reported that cell service is poor in the area. We recommend you download offline maps prior to arriving at the trailhead to avoid getting lost. Starting at BRP MP 18.5 Parking. Proceed on the White Rock Gap Trail for 0.4 miles. Turn left at the marker to hike 1.7 miles along the Slacks Trail. The Slacks Trail is mostly level, meandering through a hardwood forest. The trail is popular with mountain bikers, so keep aware. There are a few views through the trees, but no notable stops. Head to the Slacks Overlook Parking and cross the road. Head a bit left to find the entrance to the White Rock Falls Trail. Hike downward through numerous mountain laurel and rhododendron, crossing several wood bridges over the stream. As you gain elevation, look for several great views from the rocks on your left. The trail will start to descend sharply as you near the falls. After the first major switchback, look for the spur trail to the upper falls, just past the large rock overhang. The 40 ft falls base has plenty of rocks and pools for resting and wading, not deep enough for a full swim. Retrace the spur back to the main trail - the stream bed drops off and is too dangerous to maneuver. The trail has its most significant elevation drop for the next half mile until it crosses the stream. The remainder of the trail is mostly gentle ups and downs, passing through what was once a beautiful hemlock grove. Look for some sweet views of The Priest as you continue on the White Rocks Falls Trail back to the parking area. Show more
#10 - Kennedy Peak Loop
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 4 h 48 m
This hike to Kennedy Peak includes an old fire tower that provides a 360 view of the entire area. Follow the orange Massanutten blaze across the parking lot. The trail is mostly level with a steady moderate incline. One you hit the Kennedy Peak / Stephen's Trail split, follow the white blaze on your right. This portion is a bit steeper. Great payoff at the peak. Show more
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