Explore the most popular scenic driving 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.

scenic driving
5 days ago

Love this drive, even better in the Fall. Lots to do and see.

Scenic. Felt like an enchanted forest.

road biking
1 month ago

Do not bicycle on this road!!!! We had bicycled from Charles City Courthouse to James Town one day and a couple told us if we took the Colonial Parkway we could go all the way to York Town. So we did and it was extremly dangerous and frightining. The Colonial Parkway pretty much turns into a highway cars are really close going really fast!!! Then there is a tunnel with no shoulders which you are not allowed to bicycle through because it is pitch black and there is no shoulders. So to get around the tunnel you have to get through Colonial Williamsburg which both my dad and I who had gotten seperated both got lost in. Stick with The VA CapitL Trail, it is my favorite trail in VA, not many road crossings, not many people and beaufiful surroundings!!!

Views were hit and miss over the holiday weekend with the storms, ..but where they were there, very hard to beat anywhere on the east coast.

road biking
2 months ago

It was a good trail. Lots of people on the trail when starting in Richmond.

Great place to visit. Plenty of places to
hike & take pictures with lots of flowers. Love the Bamboo forest.

scenic driving
3 months ago

Beautiful, quick drive around the island

on Historic Jamestown

3 months ago

This is a 5 mile walk/hike totally on an asphalt road surface. Nice walk but I would say it is better for biking.

hiking
3 months ago

The "trail" outlined is really just a road up to the top. Beware of strange parked vehicles. there is a nice little hiking trail off to the right of this trail though that is a bit fun.

Just a heads up, dogs are not permitted on the VA side of the island....not even in the car. We were unable to hike for this reason. Otherwise a pleasant drive up the Eastern Shore...

This is on the Auto Tour route. The speed limit is 25 so it’s like running in your neighborhood. That being said, didn’t see one car in the route. I ran at 9am on a Saturday and. I cats. Great run full of history. Pretty hilly.

Tryin to decide north to sout or visa a versa ?? Any comments

road biking
5 months ago

This is a gorgeous bike and hiking trail that circles Jamestown Island. Goes over marshes, across wooden bridges, and right down to the James River.

road biking
5 months ago

Only bicycled part of this trail consisting of going across the Chickahominy River and several miles west. Nice parking area just east of the river with restrooms.

Wonderful, historic ride thru the Yorktown battlefield in October. Did not like sharing the road with cars, as we parked at the Visitors Center. This was part road biking, part trail biking. Takes awhile if you stop and read the historic markers.

Great all year...there is always something to see and in the winter you don't have to go far from the road to see frozen water falls. Great day trip with the little ones!

on Betsy Bell Trail

hiking
7 months ago

Really just a one lane road, for vehicles, up to the top of a "mountain". Not worth the bumpy drive. No trails at the top. The view nothing to write home about.

Scenic and serene. This drive does not disappoint! I came over the holiday weekend when the entrance was free. This was definitely worth the trip with well maintained roads and beautiful outlooks if you want to stretch your legs. I recommend this drive to anyone who isn't afraid of mountains. I will definitely be back again!

My buddy and I took a long weekend and tackled this section of the AT as our first trip. A good amount of diversity among the trail, some awesome views, and a great first hike. Highly recommend!

road biking
9 months ago

Well maintained. Scenic. Paved. Benches along the way. Visit their website for parking and activities detail.

Tackled this section with two friends this past Summer. It was my first intro to the AT and I caught the hiking bug. Came back with some really great stories and desire to do more section hiking in the future.

walking
10 months ago

Very pretty. Saw a bald eagle. Very easy. Lots off ticks.

road biking
11 months ago

Always take the side trail. One goes by a church from 1750. Great paved trail for cycling.

road biking
11 months ago

We've biked this trail a number of times. Lots of friendly people. The trail from Jamestown Trailhead to Charles City is the best section. Slightly over 20 miles to Charles City. Stop at Cul's Diner. Tell him John and Julie sent you. Great food.

scenic driving
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Beautiful drive any time of year through Shenandoah. Even more so in the fall when the leaves change color. A must-do drive if you live in the area.

scenic driving
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Beautiful fall colors drive in October 2015.

Spent a little time this holiday weekend trying out my new Zpacks Duplex Tent while doing a quick section of the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park Virginia. This time, I hiked from Elkwallow Wayside to Pass Mountain Hut. Along with being hot, sweaty, and buggy, this section of trail was exceptionally boring for me, with few views and little features of interest. Now I know where the nickname "Green Tunnel" comes form. That being said, I did see two bears and a pretty tame deer. Hiking from north to south along this section of trail, there is a spring about 0.5 miles south of the wayside. Once up on the ridge, there are a couple nice tent sites, one about 1.6 miles and the other at 1.9 miles south. There is a very good spring 4.8 miles south of Elkwallow (~2.4 miles north of Pass Mountain Hut) with a tent site right nearby (just south of the spring). These are all what I would consider legal stealth sites in SNP, being far enough away from trail, water, roads, and structures. Pass Mountain Hut is typical for the park and the site hosts a spring, privy, bear box, and bear pole near the tenting area. There are two tenting areas. I used the one behind the Hut on the other side of the very good spring. Lots of through hikers (NOBO) staying there this weekend

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

if you take mary grey lane and go to top of mountain and hike across to bwtsy bell at the back side its a 4 1/2 mile hike and pretty steep in most places, but awesome hike.

scenic driving
Thursday, July 06, 2017

love the engineering feat

scenic driving
Thursday, July 06, 2017

nice drive, love the beach towns

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