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Best trails in Monroe

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Looking for a great trail near Monroe, Virginia? AllTrails has 6 great forest trails, views 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 Natural Bridge State Park or Smith Mountain Lake State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Mount Pleasant Special Management Area or Shamokin Springs Nature Preserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Monroe ranging from 4.6 to 63.6 miles and from 600 to 3,917 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 Monroe
Top trails (6)
#1 - Lilttle Rocky Row Loop via Appalachian Trail
James River Face Wilderness
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 5 h 45 m
The hike starts at the Appalachian Trail James River Foot Bridge. Once on the ridge you will have multiple awesome views of the James River cutting its way through the mountains. This has been mapped this as a loop but recommend doing it as an out and back for multiple reasons: The last part of the loop utilizes a rarely used overgrown trail (read ticks), 1.5 miles is on a paved road, trail markings are intermittent/faded, no views or sites, etc. Show more
#2 - Bluff Mountain
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
Appalachian backpackers can use this trail to continue along the Appalachian Trail: Salt Log Gap to Punch Bowl Crossing.Show more
#3 - Otter Creek Loop
Otter Creek Recreation Area
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 29 m
#4 - The Blue Ridge Parkway: James River to Roanoke Mountain
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 57.7 mi
Please note this route is a scenic driving/road biking route, not a hiking trail.Show more
#5 - Otter Creek Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
This trail follows the Blue Ridge Parkway and Otter Creek and leaves from Otter Creek Campground.Show more
#6 - Blue Ridge Parkway: James River to the Northern End
Blue Ridge Parkway
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Length: 63.6 mi
The northernmost section of the Blue Ridge Parkway is a very scenic drive that leads to the southern entrance of Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive. It includes many popular destinations, such as Humpback Rocks, in addition to many more other nearby like Crabtree Falls.Show more