Explore the most popular backpacking 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.

Loved this trail! Definitely steep and strenuous but you can cut off some time by going straight up and crossing the switchback sections. Views at the top were amazing, and it whatever plants are at the top were pretty cool because they were leafy and green even in the beginning of January!

This is an interesting trail with impressive views at the top. Camping is not allowed once you reach a certain elevation (closer to the top, and signs will be posted.) When you reach the trailhead, taking a left will put you through the most difficult half of the trail. The second half is much easier. It was a very beautiful place at the top of the mountain to see the watch the sunset and sunrise.

Just hiked from Wintergreen Dr via AT to humpback rocks,(had rocks all to myself, thanks to gov shutdown) camped overnight off AT trail on east facing side. Rare warm temp. day/night in Jan....
Moderate to Hard trail, but worth the effort. Had about 20lbs of camping gear and water. Take water!!!

Awesome hike. Amazing views.
Just a couple of little places on the trail that need to be marked a little better.
The drive to the trail is almost as fun as the hike itself...

Despite the brutal switchbacks near the ridge, I keep coming back to this trail again and again. As other people have recommended, I always just hike to the top of the ridge and generally sit and enjoy the view for a while. Right before you reach the best overlook, there are a few stairs and big rocks so if you make it there, you're close. ;) If you want to have a slightly easier hike, you can drive up Hercules Road (between the parking lot by the bridge and the one at the trailhead) and start hiking where the trail and road intersect (1.2 miles). There's enough room for a few cars to park beside the road but its easy to miss if you're not paying attention. One downside to starting there is that you'll miss some of the pretty creek views but you cross the creek at one point in the second part of the hike too. There is a shelter/bathroom around mile 2 (or before the switch backs anyway). During the fall and winter, there is a really thick layer of dead leaves that can make the trail harder to follow and make you more likely to slip but as long as you're careful, follow the white blazes, and don't try to rush too much, you'll be fine. Its definitely worth it for the amazing views and gorgeous trees!!

I went to Old Rag twice I love the heights and big boulder and so much fun along the way. I will come back to it.

Very fun trail - mostly in the woods with a lot of ups and downs. The view at the end is great, and is an awesome picnic spot.

This is my favorite hike in Virginia (so far). It’s got amazing views and the rock scramble is so much fun! Bring enough water and take your time! The false summits have great views to rest at if you need them.

Heads up - the parking lot and the surrounding ~5 miles have no cell phone service. There is some sparse service at the summit. Try not to lose your car keys or anything

Absolutely amazing at the top! I'd hike up this trail every week and would never get bored, as I would still marvel at the beauty of God's creation!

Breathtaking views from the knob. Worth every step of the hike.

Beautiful! Clearly marked trail.

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9 days ago

One of the best hikes of my life. Loved the wild pony’s!

It was 14.1 miles when we finished on Jan. 3, a perfectly overcast, 40° day. The distance included a couple short detours to rocky overlooks and .25 miles back to the parking lot. The wildlife consisted of a singular squirrel. It’s definitely a lightly traveled route, so go with a pal and prepare accordingly, since you may not see anyone else out there.

Love this hike. VERY challenging for me at a 2 hour round trip pace. Trail can get muddy if there is rain but nothing terrible, just watch your step so you don’t slip. Views at the top and par with the best in the area. Certainly worth the trip if you are up for the challenge.

Fun hike with beautiful views!

One of the beautiful trails we have hiked

Make sure you bring water, it is a long hike!

I love McAfee Knob. View at the top is amazing. This is a bucket list hike for many people and for that reason I give it 5 stars however I urge everyone to go out and check out the other amazing hikes this area has to offer with hikes such as tinker cliffs, dragons tooth and sharp top.

One of my all time favorites to hike any time of the year! More than the 8.6 miles listed if you hike from the parking lot and down fire trail back. The rock scramble is awesome and there’s normally people up there if you need assistance or get stuck that will help you! Beautiful view at the top, normally not that crowded. Can have some congestion at certain parts of rock climb depending on how busy the summer/spring/fall days are. (Fee free weekends get packed) Make sure you have tons of water and snacks! Takes about 4-5 hours with frequent stopping depending on how long you stay at the top. You’ll think you’re at the top 3 different times before you actually are!

Great hike. Great view. Nice area at the top to do lunch and take it all in before the descent. Highly recommended.

challenging hike but definitely worth it when you get to the top. the views are Great

Very rocky terrain which slows you down...but a fun challenge. Up and down throughout the whole hike. Hiking poles and good boots are helpful. View is gorgeous and has a few spots for a hammock if you bring one along.

No wonder this is the most photographed place on the Appalachian Trail! The view from the top is amazing. The hike was moderate in difficulty. Took the fire road back. Lots of resting spots with more amazing scenery.

Love this hike. The cave is pretty cool, I could've spent forever in there just relaxing and enjoying the sight. Nice little waterfall at the entrance as well. Then, you head up to white rocks with a great view. Definitely a must do. Planning to go back when there's snow for a view from the top.

A great New Years Day hike with my 17 & 15 year old sons. The rock scrambles were no joke! We had a blast. And this map was super helpful in helping us keep track of our progress.

I hiked this trail on New Years Day. It’s a nice hike with a good steady climb to the top. Since the leaves were off the trees you could really see nice views the entire way up. Angels Rest has a pretty view of the town and river, but like many others have said DEFINITELY continue 0.6 miles to Wilburn Valley View to see more farm land in the valley (it’s flat and you won’t regret it!). When you get to the top you will see two giant boulders you can walk through and you know you’ve made it to the top. If you go to the left of the boulders you will see the Angels Rest sign and directions on where to go to Wilburn Valley View. I did get off trail one time, make sure your following the white marks on the trees and your good to go! Took about 1.5 hrs to get to the top and 1 hour down. Little parking available at the trail head (maybe 3-4 spots on the side of the road). However I only passed one other person on the trail that day. Beautiful hike and plan on doing it again in the spring/summer!

14 days ago

Forever my favorite! It’s a all day affair between driving there and hiking but the hike itself is a challenge but it’s worth it

¡Excelente caminata! Fui el pasado miércoles 26 de diciembre de 2018 con mis padres y hermana de 66, 65 y 37 años respectivamente. Fue nuestra primera experiencia en un trail categoría "Hard". Comenzamos a las 8:00 am y terminamos a las 3:30 pm con más o menos 50 minutos de descanso y a un paso cómodo. Fue retante pero muy variada y divertida, especialmente el "Scramble Rock". Todo el trail está muy bien marcado y mantenido. Hay varios lugares con hermosas vistas. Definitivamente si deseas pasar un grandioso día de "hiking" lo recomiendo.

Gorgeous trail. Best waterfalls I've seen since moving to VA.

One of the best hikes I've ever done. The hike itself is steady and fairly easy, not much to write home about. The view at the top is incredible and well worth it, even in the rain. Most photographed spot on the AT for very good reason. You can see the Blue Ridges in every direction and it was hard for me to pull myself away and hike back down.

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