Best trails in Damascus, Virginia

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Looking for a great trail near Damascus, Virginia? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest 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 Grayson Highlands State Park or Elk Knob State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Three Top Mountain Gameland or Steele Creek Park. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Damascus ranging from 4.7 to 1069.1 miles and from 1,916 to 5,091 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 Damascus, Virginia
Top trails (12)
#1 - Virginia Creeper Trail: Damascus to Whitetop
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 17.1 mi • Est. 8 h 19 m
#2 - Appalachian Trail: Buzzard Rock via Beech Mountain Road
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
First part of hike is a good workout since it's all uphill to Buzzard Rock. Then a nice leisurely stroll back downhill to the parking area.Show more
#3 - Mid Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Route
Damascus, Virginia
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Length: 1069.1 mi • Est. Multi-day
#4 - Appalachian Trail: Damascus to Marion
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 68.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
#5 - Appalachian Trail: US-58 Summit Cut to Mt. Rogers
Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
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Length: 22.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
#6 - Whitetop Laurel Creek
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 5 h 15 m
#7 - Beargap Trail to Appalachian Trail to Virginia Creeper Loop
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 5 h 33 m
Start from the Beartree Gap Rec area. From Beartree Lake angler's parking lot, take violet-blazed Beartree Gap trail across a dam and US 58 to AT; take AT southbound past the two access trails to Saunders shelter and down the switchbacks to its junction with short, blue blazed connector to the Virginia Creeper trail. Turn left and follow the Creeper through Taylors Valley and up to Whitetop Laurel Creek gorge to junction with AT at Creek Junction. Take AT southbound to Beartree Gap trail and retrace steps back to the parking lot.Show more
#8 - Bear Lake Trail
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 25 m
Bear Lake Trail is a partially paved forested trail that loops a small fishing lake with fishing piers and picnic area in a national forest campground. Show more
#9 - Virginia Creeper Trail from Delmar Road
Damascus, Virginia
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
#10 - Feathercamp Ridge Trail Loop
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 5 h 6 m
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