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Best trails in Buchanan

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Looking for a great trail near Buchanan, Virginia? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, forest trails, views 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. If you're looking for the best trails around Natural Bridge State Park or Douthat State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Mount Pleasant Special Management Area or Read Mountain Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 10 moderate trails in Buchanan ranging from 2.1 to 10.8 miles and from 797 to 3,549 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Buchanan
Top trails (14)
#1 - Flat Top Mountain Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
Flat Top Mountain is one of three mountains making up the Peaks of Otter in Jefferson National Forest. It is the tallest of the three, topping out at 4,001 feet.Show more
#2 - Thunder Ridge via Appalachian Trail
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
Thunder Ridge via Appalachian Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Buchanan, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The Show more
#3 - Appalachian Trail: Apple Orchard Falls to Jennings Creek
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 5 h 21 m
Appalachian Trail: Apple Orchard Falls to Jennings Creek is a 10.8 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Buchanan, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The Show more
#4 - Apple Orchard Falls, Cornelius Creek Circuit and Apple Orchard Mountain
Thunder Ridge Wilderness
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Length: 12.3 mi • Est. 7 h 2 m
Apple Orchard Falls, Cornelius Creek Circuit and Apple Orchard Mountain is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Buchanan, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficShow more
#5 - Sprouts Run Wilson Mountain Loop Trail
Buchanan, Virginia
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 4 h 5 m
This hike combines the Sprouts Run Trail and the Wilson Mountain Trail in a loop with a .9 mile connection on a Forest Service Road . The beginning of the trail runs through private property, so pleasShow more
#6 - Appalachian Trail: Cove Mountain to Jennings Creek
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
Appalachian Trail: Cove Mountain to Jennings Creek is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Buchanan, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderShow more
#7 - White Tail Loop from North Creek Camping Area
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
White Tail Loop from North Creek Camping Area is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Buchanan, Virginia and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping aShow more
#8 - Appalachian Trail: Cornelius Shelter, Bryant Ridge
Buchanan, Virginia
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 4 h 46 m
Appalachian Trail: Cornelius Shelter, Bryant Ridge is a 9.2 mile point-to-point trail located near Buchanan, Virginia that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarShow more
#9 - Little Cove Mountain Trail
Buchanan, Virginia
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 4 h
Little Cove Mountain Trail is a 7.1 mile loop trail located near Buchanan, Virginia that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking.Show more
#10 - Cave Mountain Lake
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
Mixed use trail mainly used for hiking including by campers in the area.Show more
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