Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

on Occoquan Regional Park

2 days ago

The directions posted in the search for the CCT trail head in Occoauan aren't clear. I drove over an hour finding it at Occoauan Regional Park. The jaunt around the old Lorton Prison was cool. There was wildlife to watch. Then the trail picks up on Lorton Rd, which is concrete, noisy, and very busy with traffic. Only walked a couple of miles, yet didn't encounter another person on the trail the entire time. No trouble parking either. Overall a nice afternoon walk, just hoped for more quiet wooded areas, but as I hike segments I'm sure I'll find more.

on Cedar Creek Trail

3 days ago


Beautiful hike! A little difficult on the way up, but I can’t complain about the views!

I went on this trail as a brand-new-to-Great-Falls person and was expecting a walking trail. The River Trail is DEFINITELY a hiking trail that requires frequent use of your hands for navigating hills and over rocks, and includes very steep inclines that will leave inexperienced hikers (like myself) out of breath and physically strained. You will spend most of your time looking at the ground to watch your footing and very little time enjoying the beautiful scenery around you. Early March 2018, there were downed trees on the trail that were difficult to pass without being extremely nimble. A wet patch of mud on a slope caused me to tumble; I cut my palm on a rock trying to break my fall. I do not recommend this trail after any amount of rain. I cut this trail short and took a shortcut over to the Old Carriage Trail, which can be classified as a walking trail... very smooth and only slight inclines.

This park was listed as an Audubon Hotspot for birding year-round but we hardly saw any birds at all (early March). We saw the most birds near the parking lot (and just common birds). Disappointing.

Pretty easy hike. There's a couple steep hills, but nothing too strenuous. There's not much to see, so it drags a bit. Not sure if someone else covered this, but you take two other trails from the parking lot to get to the trail. It's a good trail if you're just trying to get some miles in.

Beautiful hike!! We had a sunny crisp (35deg) day and it was perfect!

6 days ago

It's got your ups, your downs, your turn arounds. Nice easy short walk in the woods. Bluff over lake is great.

Currently closed. Doesn’t say why.

7 days ago

Great easy trail. The path is easily identifiable with clear directional markers.

Offers relative serenity and beauty a stones throw from DC. It doesn’t quite live up to nearby Great Falls, but is a worthy alternative.

I’ve always gone straight up to the top of humpback but this is a great alternative if your just taking your time to get to the top. I finished the 4.1 miles I recorded in just under 2 hours and enjoyed the empty trails.

Good trail, I took my kids they had a lot of fun. Not crowded pet friendly

Very well marked and heavily used trail. Natural wooded surroundings. Good for a quick hike.

9 days ago

Buffalo Mtn. Is approx. a 1 mile hike from the parking lot. It's a little hard to find the first time but well worth the effort. It has an elevation gain of close to 600 ft. in that mile but is switched-backed so as not to be too strenuous. At the top there is an almost 360 degree view and looking southward you can see Pilot Mtn. NC. on most days. With a good set of binoculars the skyline of Winston Salem can just be made out a little distance to the East of Pilot Mtn. (look at the base of the sloping mountain range). Be aware that the wind blows often at the top so take a sweater just in case.

Not bad except for the highway being right next to you.

Terrific! Beautiful views, a great path surface, and a bit of elevation change every once in a while to keep you honest. This is a walk/hike that provides you with great water views as you walk in a forested area; a rare combination!

on Texas Beach Trail

11 days ago

Love this hike it's mostly along the river. It's well taken care of noticed someone had trimmed back vines on trail..cant wait to go back in a spring!

Super great hidden hike. Trail is well maintained. When I went the only other people were two fisherman at the beginning.

loved this hike , beautiful view of the Roanoke river

loved it hiked the blue to the red and back tracked down the yellow ,we did it with my 9 month old ,very shaded peaceful hike

too many people Vista not really good no water came in from keezletown Road up to the top got to see an old settlement that was cool still enjoyed it

Across from a prison! Do not recommend for single women

Fantastic afternoon hike! Took our two boys and they really enjoyed it too, especially the Falls. Plenty of water rushing over the falls too, so it looked great!

easy hike. nice views. fun walk.

This was a beautiful and amazing hike for anyone of all ages. Very dog friendly!

Lots of rocks on the trail, lots of debris and very little pay off.

We opted to check out Elizabeth Furnace since we had a nice break in the weather. We’d heard good things about the park so figured we’d give it a go but ultimately didn’t care for the trail we did. There are some pretty cool features and it was great to be outside but the trail ends in an intersection of other trails and doesn’t offer much else. If we ever do this one again it will be to link up with the Buzzard Rocks trail.

Side note: as someone previously mentioned, the trailhead is hidden away. It is directly to the RIGHT of the covered table area. Follow the light blue blazes.

sweet place to hike..

nice falls, currently doing repair work to the trail.

well maintained trail. falls is about 30 minute walk from parking.

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