Explore the most popular forest 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.

hiking
21 hours ago

Great short hike for the amazing views you get!

Good hike but also nothing special.

Had an amazing time hiking Old Rag. Did it with a group and the trip up and down totaled about 9 hours. Steady incline throughout until the last mile or so and you really being rock climbing. It was quite exhilarating sliding between boulders to get to the next part of the trail. The views at the top were like no other. I love Old Rag and look forward to going back soon!

This was one of my first hikes and it was definitely trying for a beginner. Very steep at certain points and you really have to watch your footing because it gets overgrown and rocky. Once we got to the top we had some great views and only had to share it with one other hiker peacefully reading a book sitting on the ledge. Set up a hammock and spent a nice afternoon there. Definitely would want to go again to spend another peaceful day.

I had a great time hiking this trail. Went on a very windy day so at the summit it was very cold but the views were very worth it. Especially in the fall with the leaves changing colors. Good amount of fellow hikers throughout the trail and at the summit but never felt too crowded and everyone was very friendly. Little muddy and slippery at certain points so make sure to wear proper shoes!

walking
muddy
no shade
1 day ago

was really well maintained. ends abruptly at the water, short trail. lots of seabirds and marsh.

on Dragon's Tooth Trail

backpacking
2 days ago

Good hike. Moderate trail. Some rock scrambles but makes it more of a challenge. Views up top are great on a clear to partly cloudy day.

We hiked this trail in January 2019. We really enjoyed it. The water levels were high enough that we had to wade through the river. Come prepared. The elevation climb wasn't bad at all. As we turned towards the falls, the trail was a bit hard to follow due to fallen tree limbs. There were few people on the trail. We would definitely do it again.

hiking
snow
3 days ago

Trailhead is marked but not much else. Easy to hike in snow by following the existing tracks. Pretty section along stream and nice rolling wooded hills.

Very Strenuous to the average person like myself (29 years old not in the best shape I could be), but it was worth it! The waterfalls on the incline and decline were all incredible.

Good for the dog too

it was nice walk,then ut srarted getting hard,this was our first trailand over all i will walk it again. my son found this trail to hike

This hike is a nice (and slightly-longer) alternative to the traditional Buzzard Rock trail at Read Mountain. It's well-marked with blazes and signs, and easy enough to follow, even in the snow. Add a few tenths of a mile to make it over to Buzzard Rock for great views. There's a well-kept port-a-potty at the trailhead, and plenty of parking. This is a very easy trailhead to get to, and close to the Roanoke area. Take advantage of it!

Did this trail with my Husband in October. The view was incredible. The summit is small and windy but breathtaking. Highly recommend

Beautiful waterfall. Trail can be muddy and slippery. Did this trail in June and no issues with bugs. All up hill on the way back, but can stop and enjoy the view as much as you want. Enjoy!

Pretty intense in the snow

beautiful easy overlook, and just a few steps from Bear Chase Brewery

What was one of the best and only public places to get outside, enjoy nature, and get some exercise in the area has become a limited experience. You can’t bring dogs and the beautiful viewpoint is closed. Why? I’ve spent my entire life respectfully enjoying this place and even bringing new people to it, always educating them on its history. I’m so sad I can no longer complete a real hike with my dog.

Very short and suburban. It is mostly unpaved and, after bad weather, a lot of areas that are very muddy. The dog appreciated it and it's pretty and close to home.

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!

walking
6 days ago

We came back again :) my labrador loved this place so much!

mountain biking
6 days ago

nice system stays wet alot

mountain biking
6 days ago

a lot of bridges are out due to recent flooding, stay wet a lot but they do have a washing station for your convenience. nice trail system

mountain biking
6 days ago

nice climbs and nice down hills

This is a beautiful, easy trail. It’s one of my favorite places in the region.

Went while they had the Christmas light displays up. It was nice. Very easy walk.

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail! It was cool and quiet, ever saw another person while exploring with my girlfriend and our pup! The trail is certainly moderate so wear your hiking boots and bring water. Be aware of $4 parking as well. The scenic overlooks of the marsh are really nice and well maintained, however be aware that the last and longest overlook walkway is currently breaking down and could become a problem for a hiker if not cautious. Highly recommend this hike and will be back myself

This was a lovely walk in the woods. The surrounding hills and creek was very pretty. We discovered this trail after the government shutdown closed all the trails on Skyline Dr. Was hoping for longer and more challenging trails but this trail will do in a pinch. If I lived locally I’d be happy to do this trail often..

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.

Love this trail. Terrain changes in a really flat area and beautifully maintained trail. Dog friendly (as is the Trail Lodge.

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