Explore the most popular birding 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.

In my opinion, the best views in the area. A steady climb with plenty of switchbacks brings you to a breathtaking view of the valley and reservoir below.

Challenging in spots with an amazing view for a payoff. Can get a bit crowded at the top.

nature trips
13 hours ago

An awesome hike, lots of switchbacks on the trail and a lot of steep inclines. The last half mile of the trail is pretty much a scamper up some fairly tough rocks. But when you get to the tooth you’ll know why you did it. I almost stepped on a rattlesnake on this trail as well so my adrenaline was in a bit of overdrive. Highly recommended! Will be doing this again soon!

Good easy trail for the family.

16 hours ago

Hike through dense woods to open up to a vast view point at the top. Short and easy for some amazing views

16 hours ago

Easy hike going down. Pretty steep coming up.

Nice hike. Not as hard as I thought, it's a pretty gentle slope. Great views from the top!

Easy with kids

Fun urban experience.

It's a pretty decent trail, however the first 2.2 miles runs parallel with the highway, and all that noise that comes with it. Bug spray is also a must.

hiking
21 hours ago

Great hike. The views were beautiful. We did come up on a black bear descending a tree in front of us and ended up circling back. The trail was clear, mostly dry and we only saw four others on the trail.

After heading down the trail (which, due to being a bit steep at times, was a little rough on the knees ... but otherwise enjoyable) we took time to sit and listen to the cascading waterfall at the bottom of the trail. (Along with about a billion other people ... okay, not really that many, but when you're trying to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature ... it kinda looked and sounded like it.

off road driving
23 hours ago

Mostly stock friendly, there's a couple rocky areas and mudholes that are not stock friendly. You will have pin stripes at the end. It's a good 3 hour trip. This was my second time out with HMMWVs. Trail is narrow with brush but no trees are in the way.

Went on this so many times when I was younger, but took Layla and Sarah and Trinity up this past fall and had a great time. Need a 4x4 to get to trail!!!!!

The 360 summit was everything. And I will quote my dear friend who went with me, "It's like we're in a picture." We stayed up in the summit and just sunbathe for an hour or so because we had already completed the trail. There was a cute grass clearing perfect for camping up ahead the summit too and the woodland sunflowers blooming everywhere was absolutely magical to me. We turned back around so we could enjoy the 360 view even more. A great trail to do before you take up Old Rag! Also stop by the huge rock that looks like a perfect shade if it's raining! But for me, it was more like a giant natural stone sofa! Will definitely take this trail on again when Autumn is here.

Awesome trail. I did it with my wife and 3 teenage daughters we all had a great time.

hiking
1 day ago

Short but sweet. The stony man summit is really beautiful. The view is just mesmerizing. Easy enough to hike with children. I highly recommend it.

So much vehicle traffic it’s not safe to walk here any more.

I’ve been hiking this for almost 30 years. It is one of my favorite hikes and different every time. The view at the top makes it all worth while.

Very pleasant hike, easy walking without too much elevation change. The view is spectacular however it was quite humid the day we were there so visibility wasn’t the greatest.

My Wolfpack and I conquered this trail... The river runs down beside the trail the entire way to the waterfall, are you strong enough to join my Wolfpack?

This trail is a conveniently-located, wooded loop just off of Route 15 near Haymarket. The distance is not huge, but it is part of a forthcoming network of trails along Catharpin Creek. It is well maintained. There are nice views of the creeks along the trail. The trailhead is located far back past the playing fields at Long Park. When I do the trail, I park at the front parking lot and jog to the trail behind the cell tower and this, combined with the loop, makes for a pretty good total distance. There are some muddy spots if there has been rain, and a couple steep grades. I would not bring a jogging stroller.

Absolutely beautiful hike and location. This was my first hike in Virginia and it did not disappoint

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful area but the trail on a Saturday morning was very crowded and the parking lots filled up by 9:30 am. There is an entrance fee to enter park but it is included with a national park annual pass. I would recommend going either on a weekday or early morning on the weekend. The beauty is worth the crowds though

I loved that place to walk. It is a good place to go with friends and family. Amazing.

we visited with old aged parents. was a bit nervous but it was easy. There were many chairs on the way for people to relax. This is as easy as it can be.

we went there with a 6 yr old and it was easy. The view from the summit is really breath taking. worth it. it took us close to 1hr 15 mins to complete.

We did the 7 mile loop. It is covered by trees most of the way, which is nice for Virginia summer weather. Very little elevation.

The entrance at Jeremies run is closed

Shenandoah marks this trail as “easiest” and I would disagree due to the fact that the trail is a bit steep at some points and you are going up the entire way to the viewpoint. The view is amazing though! We saw a black bear cub along the trail right near the road to the campground. Short climb with a big pay off!

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