Explore the most popular trails in Virginia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.





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This loop trail is about 4.5 miles, and consists of the names loop trail, the geological trail, the prospector trail. Excellent scenery the entire way, but there some spots that can be a little difficult. There are signs warning of the terrain. Wear good footwear, especially in the winter months.

Great hike. It's not to hard, my 6 year old did it juat fine. the views at the over look are beautiful.

We hiked the loop today. The weather was beautiful. Listed as 9-10 miles, it feels more like. 11+. A great hike with Reed Creek as an added bonus.

The yellow blazing is poor. It’s sporadic and faded. Time for an upgrade. Pay close attention on the first few miles.

Excellent views from the rock outcrop on the West side. 

I found the trail to be hard to follow as there are a lot of side trails everywhere. We started on the Buttermilk trail and walked through the tunnel to connect to this one. Very different than the Buttermilk where you feel a bit more secluded. In my opinion it’s not a very pretty trail and there is too much city noise for my liking but that’s just me.

I went clockwise on this loop and loved it. I will definitely do it again. When the trail comes to the Skyline Drive But sure to keep walking to the parking lot (and counterclockwise to the end of the stone wall) otherwise it is very hard to know where the trail is if you are following the AllTrails map. It is not accurate in that section . Otherwise it was a great hike!

Great hike

sometimes get to see deer, and bald eagle fly by

This is a must do hike however it well deserves the hard rating if you do the full loop. The outcropping of rock are huge which require climbing, scrambling, squeezing and crawling. Very fun. Took almost 6 hours, spent 20-30 minutes at the top admiring the views. I’d like to go back in the summer or fall when the leaves are on the trees, it has to be a totally different view.

Nice easy paved path trail for kids and a puppy dog.

Very quick leg stretcher from the trailhead, but a nice rock formation to check out and climb around on a little bit. Also checked out the nearby spring. Quick and easy walk.

1 day ago

Short half mile hike to the base of a somewhat dilapidated fire tower and cabin. Most of the summit area is covered in graffiti and there is loads of trash. On my next trip several contractors bags are coming out full. Took my lab, Jed along and had to give a boost a few times. Overall it is a thrilling trail with just unreal views.

Trail running is prohibited at Ivy Creek. There are bird watching classes and kids programs. Trails are many and easily combined for a wide range of experience. Only limit is about 600 feet of elevation.

Great horse trail.

Wonderful loop trail! I love this area! So many different options to do with hikes here ! I agree the slacks trail isn't all that, but it's not that long and just enjoy it! The white rock falls trail is pretty . If you are taking the loop starting at milepost 18.5 , parking at the gravel lot there and crossing over the Parkway to the white rock falls trail ( look for the yellow marks for the path) , this way is where later on the trail , near the waterfalls , you will have a steep incline. If you feel like something different, if you park at the 18.5 mile parking place, take the White Gap Trail all the way down to the Sherando Lake area (2 miles down) and come back up! It's really pretty with hemlocks and a stream all the way down and a couple awesome campsites on way down. And Torrey Ridge trail connects at the opposite end of the slacks trail. It's beautiful to walk upon that ridge!

3 days ago

Definitely better trail than the one on the KY Side. Parking is much better. Have plenty of water in the winter because the spigot in Hensley Settlement is turned off after Nov 1st. Martins Fork cabin on top of Gibson Gap has running water nearby it and is easily access from the trail on top of the ridge.

Great trail. Major elevation gains in the end. The views from White Rocks are amazing and the Sand Cave is awesome. Definitely worth the leg burner hike!

3 days ago

Awesome way to get to Hensley Settlement and Sand Cave. Good trail head parking and plenty of space. Beautiful hike up with great views but WOW better save this one for Leg day! It is a smoker the last bit. But worth every step.

No fishing spot but a fun hike

3 days ago

Great natural area for observing birds and animals. The area is inhabited by turkeys, deer, fox, raccoon, otter, muskrat, and coyotes. And,of course, squirrels. Most of the time you will have the place to yourself. There are a few geocaches in the area.

3 days ago

Nice set of trails. The map and blazing will be improved soon. The NN chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists are working on improvements. Hickory Hollow has some rare flora. If you are into geocaching, there are quite a few in the area.

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