Hikes located in the Commonwealth of Virginia
George Washington National Forest
This popular (crowded) hike is a 4.4 mile out-and-back that takes you to the Big Schloss, a massive rock formation with outstanding views all around. The hike is crowded for a reason - the views are spectacular!
This four mile out-and-back hike in the George Washington National Forest near Front Royal takes you to Buzzard Rock, where you can enjoy some of the best views in Northern Virginia.
Duncan Knob is a steep hike in the George Washington National Forest near New Market that takes you to a rock scramble to the top of Duncan Knob, where you have excellent views.
We did this hike as a 5.5 mile out-and-back by beginning at the Scothorn Gap trailhead. The hike can be extended by starting at other trailheads and following the Massanutten Mountain Trail. The hike leads to Strickler Knob, a large rock formation with tremendous views of the Shenandoah Valley. This hike can be very crowded on weekends, the views are that good.
The Veach Gap hike takes the Massanutten Trail to Veach Gap, where there are excellent views of the Shenandoah River.
Shenandoah National Park
Betty's Rock is a short hike to a rock cliff that gives you great views of the Shenandoah Valley and of Hawksbill Mountain in SNP.
Dark Hollow Falls is the closest waterfall to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, so naturally it's the most popular and crowded.
Little Devil Stairs is a great hike in a picturesque narrow canyon.
Old Rag Mountain is one of the most difficult, most rewarding, and most popular hikes in Shenandoah National Park. A steep two mile hike takes you to the top of Old Rag Mountain, where you will climb over, under, and around many rock obstacles to reach the summit. The views from the top are nothing short of amazing.
This is a very short loop off of Skyline Drive that has some nice views of the Shenandoah Valley and New Market Gap.
This is an excellent loop through a small canyon along the Piney Branch, and then a climb back up Piney Ridge.
Other Virginia Hikes
This 21 mile stretch of trail features the northern end of the Roller Coaster, Raven Rock, the Blackburn Trail Center, the David Lesser Memorial Shelter, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters in Harpers Ferry.