Explore the most popular views 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.

a very fun hike 7 Miler took the right down and around to the devil's bathtub and was ready for a dip great experience....

Fabulous hike, but stay of River Trail--stay on the Ridge trail to the Great Falls Center.

Fabulous hike, but stay of River Trail--stay on the Ridge trail to the Great Falls Center.

backpacking
12 hours ago

This whole area is a gem, western views for us eastern folks. The AT thru here can be rocky so wear good boots. Decent water sources and plenty of great camp spots. Take side trips and explorer. This trail is only a good introduction. BTW it is Rhodo Gap not Rodie. Tons of Rhododendrons in the area.

Pulled over 11 ticks off my dog after this hike. The middle half of the loop has not been maintained and it’s easy to lose the trail. There wasn’t a designated overlook either if that’s something you’re looking for.

hiking
14 hours ago

The entire New River Trail stretches for a total of 57 miles. Foster Falls seems to be about mid point between Fries VA pronounced Freeze. The Northern stretch from Foster Falls to Dora Junction (Draper VA) is a 4% grade going up and from Foster Falls to Fries is a 4% uphill trek. My wife and I did the trail in two legs. Fries to Foster Falls 4% grade going down and the northern start of the trail at Dora Junction going down 4% all the way to Foster Falls. It is a beautiful trail to experience lined with breadth taking views of the New River, many old railroad trestle's to cross with a tunnel to go through as well. Foster Falls host a Welcome Center with State run facilities since it is a state park. Primitive camping is available at the Foster Falls Park site as well as designated primitive sites along the trail. The Mercantile in Draper VA has a livery shop where bikes can be rented if only a portion of the trail catches your interest. From Draper to Hiwassee where one of the most picturesque views of the New River can be seen on top of an old railroad trestle that crosses the river. If you are fortunate enough you just might see a trail angel that frequents the trail from time to time. The New River Trail is one of the greatest outdoor recreation activity you will find in the state of VA that offers hiking, biking or horse backing it.

nature trips
17 hours ago

Seems the signage at the trail doesn't coincide with route taken. Followed the Blue bird trail but recorded path is different. Anyhow, nice trek and would certainly do again.

nature trips
18 hours ago

Hidden gem for the area, great nature walk, kids outing or bird watching.

Not sure how one gets lost on these trails. The lake is almost always in view and the path is easy to see. I thought it was an enjoyable hike. Highly recommended for a nice moderately challenging day hike.

trail running
23 hours ago

I didn't find this to match what is listed. I found Ingals trail right away and tried to trail run this, but the part by the look out is so tedious a steep fall (likely deadly) awaits you with any misstep, it was only walkable not at all runable in that area. But the rest is enjoyable I appreciated the nature signs along the way and found them eductional. Then I crossed the road (39) and after a short walk on the right is a two track road. I trail ran this it was difficult for first two miles is a steady climb. There are breathtaking views sometimes obstructed by lush green trees. I was told black bears are around, I wore a bear bell and didn't carry any food guessing this works as I didn't see any bears at all. It was a windy morning made for no problems with bugs. Didn't come across any other people. Overall a wonderful experience on these trails.

Very easy up and down trail. Met some friendly hikers and there dogs as well as a box turtle. Decent view for the little ways up but definitely not spectacular and would recommend this for a very beginner. The trail is very low trafficked which makes it spectacular for relaxing and enjoying your hike.

Moderate, short hike only 15 minutes outside the town of Wytheville. I spent 1.5-2hrs on this trail, with a good while at the top to enjoy the view. The trail is steep at times and will get your heart pumping, but is overall not too challenging and the view at the top is well worth it for tourists and Wytheville natives alike. I will do this trail again in the spring when the rhododendrons are blooming. Highly recommend!

I enjoyed this trail, and definitely improved my stamina coming up the big incline from the waterfall. The heartbreaking part of this trail is all of the trash that people have left behind. Next time I go, I'll take a trash bag with me to clean up a bit.

I only had time for the part of the loop for the devils bathtub. Stay to the left and if you’re unsure of the trail just walk up the creek bed until you see a yellow blaze.
(I used driving directions from https://www.virginia.org/listings/outdoorsandsports/devilsbathtubwaterfallthe/)

The trail had lots of different fungi to identify and the crossings were not difficult because there wasn’t a lot of water, my shoes stayed dry most of the time. There was a rescue while we were there (jumping from ledges that should not have been jumping from).

The water was bee refreshing and devils bathtub was probably 8 feet deep and clear to the bottom. Not too many people but lots of trash. Please bring a bag to carry out what you can. I’m 100% going back!

This is beautiful trail. It is a half day hike so plan to bring lunch and plenty of water. It was wooded and wet with lots of waterfalls and swimming holes. We stopped at one swimming hole to hang out and eat lunch. It was beautiful. The elevation does get steep close to the summit so prepare for a strenuous climb.

This hike is so much fun! You start by climbing up the mountain in a beautiful shaded area then once you get close to the summit the rock scramble starts. Keep in mind that the rock scramble is mostly bare so bring sunscreen. There are about three or four false summits before getting to old rag and the rock scrambling is pretty difficult. We brought 3 liters of water for two people and snacks which was just enough. Only do this hike if you are comfortable climbing lots of rocks because the scrambling is intense but again so much fun!!

Tough hike. Trail is rough in spots due to heavy use. Gets a lot of use because it is the direct route to Tinker Cliffs.

hiking
1 day ago

We had a great time hiking this trail today! Started late - after 5p - and went clockwise at ranger’s suggestion. It was perfect! We ended with shady wooded terrain - a little steep in places - but manageable. Lots of wild blackberries and we crossed a small creek near the end. Had to dodge a few cow patties but otherwise a great hike!

This is one of my favorite day hikes. On today's trip we left with clouds forming over the mountains. I was hoping to get to the cave before it rained, however, I was a mile and half short. We got drenched. Shared the cave with a group of Americorp volunteers who were out working on the trail. There is an awesome discrete campsite off the trail close to the cave.

Amazing history, well maintained and easy to navigate....plan on spending the day.

I love taking this early in the morning when there aren’t many people and it’s not so hot. A great view to sit and enjoy morning coffee! It’s worth the climb!

Beautiful hike! I loved the dense forest cover and river that ran almost the entire stretch. This would be a good place to cool off and take a swim! A bit rocky in some areas and the day I crossed the river was a bit high. Just wear ankle high shoes and expect to get a little wet/dirty.

I loved this hike! The southern portion of this trail is probably the most taxing- I had the most water breaks here as the grade gets a little steep. Overall there were some amazing views and a great swimming hole I want to enjoy when I’m better prepared next time! Didn’t see any bears but there were some fresh Poo-berries all up and down the trail, so I know they are around!

scenic driving
1 day ago

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

Heavily traveled, iconic photo spot. Parking can be difficult. If you want an easier option, hike up the trail and down the fire road. I have done this on sunset hikes.

I have hiked this many times. Fun trail with a rock scramble near the top. It can be crowded and parking can be tough especially on weekends.

Great short easy hike with my daughter out of a whim. Will be back and take longer path next time.

Did this hike a few weeks ago in May during a heat wave. The trail was mostly shaded so it wasn’t horrible in the heat and humidity. This is a pretty steep trail but not horribly long. The view point is a little off the beaten path and was a little obstructed by trees but gorgeous nonetheless.

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