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Best trails in Buchanan

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Looking for a great trail near Buchanan, Virginia? AllTrails has 15 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 12 moderate trails in Buchanan ranging from 2.1 to 10.8 miles and from 797 to 3,986 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 (15)
#1 - The Pinnacle - Flat Top Mountain
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 8 m
The views are spectacular but this trail is very popular due to it's proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Please note: road access may close seasonally due to ice and snow; users have reported that the main gate is also subject to closure. Please research prior to your visit.Show more
#2 - Thunder Ridge via Appalachian Trail
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
#3 - 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
#4 - Appalachian Trail: Apple Orchard Falls to Jennings Creek
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 5 h 21 m
#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 please be respectful and stay on the trail right-of-way. Sprouts Run Trail offers creekside walking with little elevation gain until the last 3/4 mile in its approach to Hoop Pole Gap. This is a beautiful trail ignored by most but it offers several nice cascading waterfalls, pools of water and some cliffs and huge trees of various species. There are several rock hops back and forth across the creek, and when the water is running high in the spring, the rocks will be covered. Wilson Mountain is mainly ridge walking with its descent back down to the beginning of Sprouts Run Trail. There are some views of the James River, Solitude valley and mountains in the distance, especially during leaf-off.Show 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
#7 - Little Cove Mountain Trail
Buchanan, Virginia
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 4 h
#8 - White Tail Loop from North Creek Camping Area
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
#9 - Appalachian Trail: Cornelius Shelter, Bryant Ridge
Buchanan, Virginia
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 4 h 46 m
#10 - The Pinnacle - Abbott Lake via Flat Top Mountain Trail
Buchanan, Virginia
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
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