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.

Great hike!

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
14 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.

Well worth the extra hike to the bottom of the falls

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.

Though the trail is serene, the markers AND maps to get you there are dreadful. There are too many trails without blazes or signs and it makes following a map difficult. Even using real time GPS with Google had me second guessing. There was trash in areas. I’m not sure we’ll go back.

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!!!!!

on Rose River Trail

hiking
1 day ago

Go clockwise. Great 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.

Recently completed the loop, started at Grindstone campground. Worked out very well. Can leave your car there for additional 3 dollars a day. Great price to pay for peace of mind that your car will be left alone. Plus the mount Rogers trail can be reached from within the campground. Some great people there as well. Trip was great, highly recommended. Only downside no horses spotted, plenty of signs on trail to walk around though. On Thomas Knob they have 2 bear boxes for food close by. Electric fence may of been torn down, heard from other reviews it didnt work so well to keep animals out. Bear problems should be greatly reduced, no more treat bags hanging on the trees. Poor trees for hanging at that elevation. Hats off to people doing trail maintenance. Great spring behind Thomas Knob. Plenty of campsites around the shelter to use. The mice were on the active side when I was at the shelter. Spaces between the walls for them to hide. If doing it in 3 days the Old orchard shelter was well kept and in a beautiful setting. I went on this trip from July 28 to 30th. No reports of bears at Thomas Knob for 5 weeks prior. Bear boxes appear to be working.

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.

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.

hard to access, not sure you can bike here

Had a great time walking the trail. Some parts are a little overgrown but still passable. Creek crossings, road crossings, animals, and plant life were awesome. Fun trail!

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

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