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.

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
1 month 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
1 month 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

3 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
4 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.

6 months ago

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

road biking
7 months ago

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

road biking
7 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.

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.

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

8 months ago

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.

love the engineering feat

nice drive, love the beach towns

scenic driving
8 months ago

lovely drive

Access closes at 430 pm

HEADS UP! 1. Will will need to first pass through armed security at the Surry Power Plant entrance. 2. You will need proper credentials to access the island (fishing license will do) 3. Forget about May-July unless you like deer fly attacks! Its a beautiful place but will return in the Fall.

New to backpacking, picked this trail section because you had some getting off spots if needed, and we did. Total fail of rain gear and a tumble on slippery down hill sent us to a hostel for the second night of our trip. This is a serious up hill trail. But we will be back. It was so awesome to stand on top of calf mountain.

I have been lucky enough to experience this drive 4 times...I will never tire of it. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

9 months ago

Fun little drive up overlook.

I wish there was a pedestrian trail alongside the road. We saw many birds, including eagles soaring above us.

road biking
10 months ago

Beautiful Mother's Day Ride. Weather was perfect.

10 months ago

It was OK for a bike ride. It is gravel the entire way. Perhaps a paved or "natural" trail would've been better.

off road driving
11 months ago

This is a very simple and plain off road experience with no challenge. It does provide several scenic areas to hike with trails that are well maintained and that provide excellent views of the Dismal Swamp and eventually Lake Drummond.

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