Explore the most popular historic site 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.

South side tail was well marked and easy. beautiful Fall walk with trees.

Great walk for a nice crisp fall day! There's so much neat history here. I loved the creek with the bridge. Would love to come back without my whiny six year old to get to do the entire loop.

10 days ago

Great hike for all ages. Take a picnic and eat on the bank of the North Anna River at stop 6 or 7 on the blue trail.

Beautiful place to explore! It’s a huge area with animals, gardens, and beautiful trees to have picnics under. Make sure you wear some good walking shoes! This place can be crowded depending on the weather and season. Wish you could bring your fur babies.

Great hike today, little windy but good.

Always a great visit

Great local place for hiking, biking, or just to get out. Main trail is stone covered for biking & level. Has wooded paths off main trail through woods which are nice. Definitely recommend this place & will return myself.

23 days ago

Breath-taking views! I am not a fan of heights so I struggle with these types of hikes. We had our 3 boys (15, 7, and 6) and my mom-in-law who broke her pelvis a year ago with us. I loved the guard rails along the whole trail. Trail was well maintained and signage for this trail was clear.

25 days ago

The Highland Trails system at James Monroe's Highland offers three types of trails. There are easy trails through pastureland, a moderate trail through hilly hardwood forest, and the green trail; a one mile, shaded walk through pine forest over gently rolling terrain. The Green Trail offers visitors to the Highland historic site an approximately one hour, gentle walk through a peaceful pine woods setting.

26 days ago

It was a nice hike. Not too difficult. Good for families.

Great trail with stunning views! I love going to Natural Tunnel and hiking all of the trails.

Awe inspiring...a sleeping beauty!

1 month ago

There were other trails I could walk down but I stuck to this particular prescribed route. This was a terrific route, very short but the history behind it could keep you here for over an hour. Can you imagine fighting in a place like this in a war that did not have the strategies like we have today. The story of this conflict, the siege at Petersburg, is an inspiring story of patriots sacrificing everything for their country, for the union as well as the confederacy. This trail is a must for anyone in the area.

1 month ago

Good for walking, not really a hike at all. Dog friendly, but a leash is needed. Interesting history of the local coal mines.

Very nice hike with quite a few earthworks to see and well as quite informative signs along the way.

Not for running or walking

Nice low key and peaceful walk. Although AT doesn’t list it as dog friendly, dogs are welcome on this trail as long as they are on a leash. Easy stop off the road to break up a road trip between Blacksburg and Richmond.

Great trail, must do if you love Civil war history like me. Trail is easy enough to follow with lots of history markers along the way. Practically no shade on this trail so if doing during the summer be sure to have sun protection and plenty of water. Park is free to enter and free to park, with plenty of trail maps at parking spots. Rangers are super friendly and they have tons of reenactments and tours at the park which makes this a great place for kids.

I would disagree with the rating being “easy.” I’ve run many trails and am an avid ultramarathoner and trail runner and I’d rate this as moderate and very enjoyable.

Very easy, paved trail. This used to be the Virginia Presidential golf course but is now owned and maintained by Shenadoah University. The paved golf cart trails are great for walking, biking, or strollers. There is one section of the trail that has been destroyed, but you can easily walk your bike over it. If you are walking and decide to walk up to the 5th hole on the golf course, you'll be treated to a beautiful view of the area. It is a VERY steep hike up, but it's paved. I have no idea how golf carts got up it when it was operating. There are 2 waterfalls on this hike, but you must go off trail to find them. One is just past the 2nd footbridge if you took the trail to the right when you started. After you pass the 2nd footbridge, head right, following the creek and into the woods and you will see the falls. The 2nd falls I have not found yet, but have seen pictures of, so will keep exploring.

trail running
2 months ago

pretty and quiet, so much of the old earth work is still there from the civil war

2 months ago

Easy walk. Part of the trail was constructed by boy scouts. They did a good job including some placards with info about the trees.

2 months ago

The Natural Bridge is absolutely beautiful and so easy to get to. Just 130+ stairs and a short walk to incredible beauty. Continue on for a leisurely walk along the river, on a wide path and eventually to a 3 tiered waterfall, which is so mild and gently flowing. What a lovely Park to visit and if you have time to take in the Caverns too, I highly recommend.

2 months ago



This was an ok hike. We went on an extremely hot and humid day and didn't realize how exposed we would be during the 6.2 miles. Definitely would have enjoyed this hike more if it wasn't so hot. You did have a couple road crossings and it had just rained so the trail was muddy in quite a few areas.

This is a great trail for running and biking! The trail is long and flat. When you come to the trailhead make a right that the longer portion of the trail the left side only 2 Miles.

it was amazing visit. we have visited Carlsbad cavern in the past and it was amazing in size of space but here, you will get to see amazing big and beautiful formation. elevation changes was not really noticeable, not cold and easy walking. it is not wheelchair accessible. it's pricey but worth of visit!!

amazing scenery take the mansion tour very nice

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