"I believe that the ascent of mountains forms an essential chapter in the complete duty of man, and that it is wrong to leave any district without setting foot on its highest peak." -- Sir Leslie Stephen
There are many reasons that people choose to hike the trails of a Virginia hike. Some appreciate the physical challenge and the high calorie burn, while others enjoy the quiet escape of nature, the ethereal beauty that transcends man-made creation. Whatever your reasons for hiking, Virginia provides some absolutely beautiful trails for hikers of all levels.
You'll find day-long hikes, easy walks next to lakes and rivers, as well as trails for biking and horseback riding. There are also treks through national parks, and trails that overlook waterfalls. No matter the area of Virginia in which you find yourself, there will be a hiking trail close by.
3 Favorite Trails for a Virginia Hike
The Cascades, Pembroke, VA
- This trail offers waterfalls and creeks, so you can cool off after your trek. You have the option of doing a 4-mile round trip to the lower falls, or an 8-mile round trip to Barney's Wall. Parking Location: 37.35337, -80.59969
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, The Oaks Victorian Inn
, Beliveau Estate
Prince William Forest Park, Triangle, VA
- This park is full of various circuit hikes, depending on which direction you would like to take. It's an easy hike, and is a great opportunity to bring your canine companions with you. Parking Location: 38.58248, -77.37336
. (StayVA Lodging: Manassas Junction Bed & Breakfast
, Lavender Heights Bed & Breakfast
, Bennett House Bed & Breakfast
Peaks of Otter, Bedford, VA
- This is a wonderful hike, because it offers trails for all different fitness levels. If you're looking for a good challenge, Flat Top and Sharp Top can take up to three or four hours to complete. Or if you're feeling especially ambitious, you can combine the two for a nice long, 9.8 mile hike. Parking Location: 37.44539, -79.60967.
(StayVA Lodging: Cedar Post Bed & Breakfast
, Vanquility Acres Inn Bed & Breakfast
, Bedford Landings Bed & Breakfast
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. Also, after a good, adrenaline-pumping hike, you should have a nice, comforting Virginia lodging establishment to come back to.......so, aren't you glad we have a list of StayVA properties
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