Natural Chimneys Loop is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mount Solon, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length1.6 miElevation gain137 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyCampingHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildlife
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Beth Tyler
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The sign at the start of the overlook trail says it's a quarter-mile trail. However, this app says there's a 1.7 mi trail. I got frustrated at the top, thinking there was more to the trail. This is pretty steep and I wouldn't consider it an easy hike. Definitely moderate, especially when the ground is slick.

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Rachael Cathcart
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Not sure where the trail is. We went up the overlook trail that’s only 1/4 mile long.

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Nancy Ritchey
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Not as advertised. The elevation gain was in 1 long trek above the chimneys. The upper path is not well maintained and can be narrow, slippery with sharp drop offs. Not recommended for small children. The lower portion along the river is easy and beautiful.

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Patrick Bastow
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Normally a super easy little stroll . In the snow and ice it was a little bit hairy and I had to resort to sliding down my ass a few times. Normally this would be a doodle. A lovely place for a young family to pubic and take a short walk

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Isaac Cotnoir
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Beautiful views, not crowded. If icy, it is very slippery so be careful on the way down. Recommended for some light exercise with a satisfying finish.

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Jared & Adena Hickman
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Katie M
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Very creepy park (empty and deserted for a Sunday afternoon). Chimneys were cool but the rest of the park’s vibe took away from it. Trail very short and also underwhelming. Seems like it’s more a local camping spot or a religious, children of the corn hang out.

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Daniel Burgess
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Thomas Culligan
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Nature tripsGreat!

Nice little nature walk, we brought our dog and she loved it. I would not consider this a “hike” in the traditional sense but I bet it would be a nice trail running spot.

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Jeanie Kirk
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Natural Chimneys Regional Park is a lovely little park, with the North River flowing nearby. The geological formations are very cool. But the loop isn't what it seems. Mostly, you're on the road that surrounds the property and the camping grounds. The chimneys, however, are visible from the parking lot. My suggestion is to visit, but drive straight to the back of the park property near the outdoor stage. On the far side, pick up the short walk that goes into the woods and follow the river, which is really more of a creek, but truly beautiful all on its own. Then, walk back around on the park road to your car. It's a great little park and definitely an easy walk, but the trail isn't really a trail.

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Gina Sperry
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HikingBugs

It’s an okay trail. The distance is incredibly shorter than the app annotates. My husband likely got poison ivy, unfortunately, so keep a closer eye out than we did. If you don’t like strep descends, do the trail backwards and it’s quite nice. The starting point is a ways off from the parking lot and a little difficult to find. It’s not a mind blowing trail but it’s a great spot to have lunch and let your kids run around.

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Erika Cash
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The overlook trail was great and only 1/4 of a mile. It took some hunting to find it though. The other trails were covered in spider webs. I typically don’t mind it as it is nature but it was so bad we started calling it “Spider Trail Run” lol. In all, my sister, and my two kids (5 and 9) had a blast. The chimneys were really cool and almost magical for the kids. Recommend for a lunch trip!

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Dag Mamo
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HikingBugs

I thought it was a nice and easy trail. The hill part gets you breathing a bit, but it’s mostly a moderately trafficked and kids-friendly trail. The water is nice and clear for swimming and there are many park benches for grabbing a seat.

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Nathan Thacker
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Good beginning trail, the girlfriend and I went up the wrong side and ended up having a mountain climbing experience. The view at sunrise made it worth it

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Tanya Nguyen
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Nice, easy trail! A lot to explore and has great swimming spots.

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Bryan Wolfe
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Tyler Foki
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End of Summer morning hike to explore. Didn’t push pace and explored offshoots. Creek was dried up, so no nappies in the hammy. Very casual. Chimneys are cool.

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Sara Tagarook
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HikingBugsOver grown

The trail didn't seem well-traveled, very narrow and lots of areas were overgrown including the entrance to trail at the visitor center. Every few inches was an enormous spider web covering the trail. We were covered in spiders and webs by the time we got done, even using sticks to break up the webs. That's a first for me.

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Angela LaTourette Dunn
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Good for kids, the loop through the forest was easy and showed the tops of the rocks. We wondered if the rock formations were left by glaciers or volcanic.

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Killerchameleon Dixon
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Very cool spot. The trail isn’t great but the river that runs near by is awesome.

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Anthony E
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Great trail for little explorers. The natural rock chimneys great. Saw multiple woodpeckers throughout walk.

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Kelly Brown
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Though I didn't complete the loop, the trail was very pleasant. I started out on the short Overlook Trail, then made my way to the Chimneys Trail. It was pretty leaf covered, but was apparent enough to find my way ~ it's a rather wide path which helped. The Overlook Trail is uphill a bit (as you might imagine), but once you get on the Chimneys Trail, it's easy walking. I plan to go again and complete the loop next time!

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Amber Marie
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very peaceful and fun to explore and nake up your own paths. dogs loved it! view was pretty!

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Tina Handren
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Hiking

The natural rock formations were amazing, and it was fun exploring the caves. The informational signage explaining the geological phenomenon were great as well, and I learned some info that was relevant on other hikes here in Virginia.

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Yishai Knobel
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Walking

Great for a short visit with two toddlers. However We were surprised how unmarked the trails were. Also the “viewpoint” was completely covered with bushes and we couldn’t see anything.

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Jessica Thompson Szatkowski
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Natural Chimneys Regional Park’s centerpiece is the eponymous rock formations. The big surprise is that this park is home to a permanent jousting run and on this day there was a tournament! As far as hiking, most folks are there to camp (or joust), not hike. The trails are each very short and no one else was on the trails except by the river. This hike was an attempt to do an outside circuit of the park following each trail roughly. Trails are NOT marked at all. Lots of backtracking, so we didn’t get all the way around as planned. A paper map is available at the entrance. Trails are generally wide and maintained - if it looks like it might just be from water run off, it probably is. At one point, the trail ran into and became a gravel (fire?) road. The ridgetop trail as indicated on the map was visible, but getting to it from the gravel road was potentially more grade change than we wanted to do with a whiny 8 year old. General description of path: Chimney Overlook Trailhead at shelter 3 to overlook, then back to Chimneys Trail, which becomes a gravel road. Skipped Ridge Top Trail. End up at road by shelter 2. Take the road toward the entrance then follow along Rivers Edge Trail. Plenty of spots to go down to the river. Not all of the hike was recorded - forgot to hit resume.

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Chris Barrett
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Matt Good
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