Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

muddy
snow
17 hours ago

Went for a trail run/hike MLK weekend. The trail was well worn. Some areas were muddy, slick, and still snow covered, but nothing boots or goretex trail shoes with gaiters can't handle.

I started on the upper Orange ridge trail, went to the peak, and loved the view. I added a few meters of "bonus adventure trails," thanks in part to snow but mostly me not paying attention. I completely blew past both switchback areas mentioned in the comments:

-The first is a rather clearly marked switchback on Orange; there is an emblazoned forked tree trunk and a small wall of rocks to guide you though in snow it was not clear and there is a trail of sorts on the other side which can lead you heading toward the wrong side of the peak; keep the peak on your right.

-The second is the transition from Orange to Yellow after the peak..today it was marked by blue tape on the trees. I just was on a running roll and flew by it. It was nice to break new snow at least!

The yellow trail bit is best for trail running, but the whole loop was a nice way to disperse pent up energy just enough to then cozy up in a nearby cabin.

If you park at the upper parking area, it ends with a nice steep ascent that today had an odd concentration of horse tracks and manure from the lower parking area to the upper parking area back on Orange. This was the sloppiest part of the entire trail, and I admit it had me huffing and puffing. Good way to end a nice moderate loop!

Took me about 3 hrs, with some running, walking, and picture taking pauses.

off road driving
17 hours ago

First time on the trail, approximately 4" of snow at the time. Areas with water/mud had sheets of ice approximately 3"-5" thick. Proved to be quite the challenge, was able to traverse main trail, getting buried in the ice/mud holes and stopped due to the ice and needing to be pulled/winched out. The vehicles we took were a XJ with 2" lift and A/T's and an FJ Cruiser with 3" lift and 33.5" mud tires. Both vehicles did pretty well, some rocks proved more challenging for the XJ, the FJ went over them without much issue. Biggest issue was the ice. I stress the importance of proper equipment, I.E. pull straps, winch, jacks, tools, change of clothes, food. Approximately 4 hrs spent on trail.

rock climbing
bugs
22 hours ago

Hidden Valley is best known for its lake and camping, but they’ve recently (in the last 3-4 years) re-opened it’s rock climbing to the public. Hidden Valley and rich history in the rock climbing community dating back to the 80’s but it’s mostly unknown to the general public because it has been “closed” to the public for the last 15-20 years. A lifetime climber from NYC helped bolt the routes back in the 70s & 80s and then bought the property later in life. He still lives at the base of the mountain, but recent sold it to a rock climbing non-profit organization so they could maintain it and re-open it. There’s over 300 routes bolted and ready to climb ranging in difficulty from beginner to professional. It’s a great property in general, and if you get the chance to visit, BE SURE to go checkout the missile silo at the top of the mountain. To find it, you park at the top of the mountain where the first parking lot is before you drop down into the campsites. There’s a wooden board for announcements and info, a gravel road straight ahead, and to your far right, there will be a gravel road that normally has a gate to keep vehicles out. You are allowed to walk down that road though, as it’s still public land and part of the park. Walk down that road where the gate is and at every fork, stay to the left. It’s about a mile and a half (maybe two miles) down the road. As long as you stay to the left, you won’t miss it. If you take a right, you’ll come upon some radio/cell phone towers. You’ll know you’ve made it to the right place once you see the razor wire and launchpad. It’s one of the craziest sites you’ll ever see. Surreal experience and a little creepy tbh. Take the hour to go for the walk, you won’t regret it.

I love Poor Farm.

hiking
1 day ago

Typical Pocahontas fire road hike. You share the trail with hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. I enjoy seeing the horses but they are nervous creatures. A nice hike in the woods trail.

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.

Nice easy trail. I enjoyed the historical information provided along the way.

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.

walking
4 days ago

nice easy paced trail with many beautiful scenes of the river.

one of my favorite trails closed to home.

Good for the dog too

hiking
6 days ago

I useally park at the small lot at the observation deck then walk the dirt road in atcthe fork you can go strait to Slate Lick pond or left to Hog Pen , there is a trail from the lake to Hog Pen not well marked and used by horses . Good place to hike, best from mid Jan. to March when the gates are locked to traffic . Very heavy pickup and hunting dog traffic during hunting season, but mostly quiet rest of the year. The creak is easy to get to with side trails.

walking
7 days ago

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

mountain biking
7 days ago

nice climbs and nice down hills

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..

Well maintained, clearly marked and lovely scenery. Plan on returning.

hiking
11 days ago

probably have done this same trail hundreds of times the beauty of the james never gets old

hiking
12 days ago

Not a bad trail, but not amazing - solid three stars. If you are looking to break in some hiking boots, exercise your dog or horse, or just want to scratch the itch during the winter when the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed then this is a good option. No real views to speak of, but the occasional slight incline barely makes this more than a walk in the woods. Hiked it on a warm January Sunday afternoon and it was extremely quiet towards the end of the hike. Would visit again, but only as a tertiary option since there are many better hikes in Virginia.

mountain biking
12 days ago

One word AMAZING, trail is great. nice hidden jewel.

Beautiful! Clearly marked trail.

Love this trail-great for family outings and dog walks!

hiking
13 days ago

Great place to walk back side of lake has a lot of trees down but easy to get around if you like to hike without the crowds this is the place

It was a great little hike. It had rained two days before and it was not too flooded when we went. We were going to scope out the rock climbing and they have some good problems up with hooks all ready to go. We will for sure come back this summer to work on the problems.

Four stars because it was a little dirty but that’s kind of expected seeing as there was a ton of people there. There were kids smoking pot in the woods too. But in all it was great!

Great hike. Challenging towards the top. Very steep in some areas however took my wife and 7 yr old and we loved it.

One of my favorite places for a lovely walk in nature. Relaxing, minimal incline, very easy walking.

hiking
13 days ago

Parts of the trail are covered in leaves so it's a bit of a crunchy walk at times. Very beautiful and quiet, a little muddy but that's due to recent rainfall. A lot of fun and easy to navigate

walking
14 days ago

Great place to walk. Half the trail is the gravel road and the other half are several switch backs on the other side of the lake. During the winter there are plenty of views that available any other time. The best views are from the eastern dam and the boating ramp. Signs state that a day pass is required for access, but I went without. The trail hasn't been maintained in some time. Several trees were down, but I thought it added to the experience. It was pretty soggy due to the heavy rains, but that led to several nice creek crossings. I plan on returning to kayak the lake and get the full experience!

Easy. Frequent the trail often. It is flat and mostly in tree cover. It follows the Piney river and Tye river. Beautiful with benches and portapotties at the beginning and middle. Enjoyable for most activities- running, walking (with dogs), biking (with kids), leisurely horseback riding, and even tubing on the piney! Everyone shares the trail well.
Wish there were more trash bins on the trail and an exit on the other side. hope to see it expand in Amherst County.

hiking
14 days ago

The trail is not well maintained. Several of the bridges are in disrepair, and the trail is not marked, which is bad considering that trails crisscross each other frequently.

If you like rock climbing this is a great spot!

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