Ten of the greatest mountaineering locations in Virginia

VIRGINIA (WRIC) — When it comes to lacing up those boots and packing a backpack for a hike, there aren’t lots of sites additional scenic, historic and one of a kind than Virginia. The point out has many effectively-loved areas to hike for a wide range of distinct skill levels, from first-timers to experts.

Devoid of any even further adieu, here are ten of the ideal areas to hike in Virginia.

Humpback Rocks (Western Virginia)

Found on the northern stop of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the vicinity of milepost 5.8 in Lyndhurst, Virginia, Humpback Rocks is one particular of the most well known places to hike in the commonwealth. The offered trails are simple, moderate and far more arduous, and of different lengths. There is also a wheelchair-accessible visitor’s middle.

The region is also abundant in record – the Humpback Rocks were being a landmark for wagon trains around the Howardsville Turnpike in the 1840s. Find out additional on the Blue Ridge Parkway web page.

Picture: Tyler Thrasher/WRIC

Old Rag Mountain (Shenandoah Valley)

Shenandoah Nationwide Park encompasses above 200,000 acres of forests and mountains and delivers one particular of the most renowned hikes in Shenandoah – Previous Rag Mountain which tops out at 3,284 feet.

The most common route to choose to the peak is a nine-mile loop beginning at the Old Rag parking place at the stop of Route 601.

A rock outcrop overlooks mountain layers below, exploding with fall colors: red, orange, and yellow
Picture: National Park Company

The Devil’s Marbleyard (Western Virginia)

The Devil’s Marbleyard acts as extra of a geological aspect than a correct hike, but it is effectively worth the excursion to choose a handful of pictures on the jumble of large boulders. The James River Face Wilderness place and portion of the Belfast Path characteristics a a few-mile hike and a large rock area with boulders ranging from the size of coffee tables to all those of significant vans.

Read much more on the Go to Roanoke internet site.

Kennedy Peak Trail (Shenandoah Valley)

Positioned in Luray, Virginia, the Kennedy Peak Path delivers a preferred working day hike with outstanding sights from an observation tower. The working day hike is 9.2 miles round journey with a 1,320 ft. ascent. You can also look at stunning wildflowers along the hike.

Check out the Shenandoah County site for a map of the hike.

Kennedy Peak Trail (Picture: Emma North/WRIC)
Caterpillars Kennedy Peak Trail (Image: Emma North/WRIC)

Maymont (Richmond)

For all those who are just starting to hike, Maymont delivers a 100-acre historic estate and park proper in the coronary heart of Richmond with unforeseen options to take pleasure in. With gardens, an arboretum, native wildlife habitats and The Robins Mother nature Heart, there is no lack of issues to do whilst out walking the miles of trails in the historic park.

Maymont’s Japanese Gardens (Photograph: Tyler Thrasher/WRIC)

Dragon’s Tooth Trail (Western Virginia)

If you are on the lookout for a rugged trail with extraordinary views and the geological capabilities of the Blue Ridge Mountains, then Dragon’s Tooth Trail will deliver a worthwhile climb. The Dragon’s Tooth is a “unique spire that jobs 35 toes above the encompassing rock,” according to Take a look at Roanoke.

For instructions and a map of the trail, simply click below.

White Rock Falls Loop (Blue Ridge Parkway)

In close proximity to Montebello, Virginia, is a 4.7-mile loop that features a waterfall and is rated as a moderate route for hikers to check their abilities on.

The White Rock Falls Loop has an elevation of 1,023 ft.

Wild Oak Path (Western Virginia)

Wild Oak Trail is a 28.2-mile loop in the George Washington National Forest. The loop has multiple trails and forest roads for hikers to journey and has also turn into a popular mountain biking location.

Scenic look at of Wild Oak Trail (Image: Emma North)

Peaks of Otter (Western Virginia)

Found in the vicinity of Bedford, Virginia, Peaks of Otter has pure natural beauty from its two significant mountains overlooking the Jefferson Countrywide Forest. The views are mentioned to encourage tourists alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Peaks of Otter Lodge has 63 rooms and a restaurant and there are six trails to select from in the area.

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Photo: National Park Service

Crabtree Falls Path (Blue Ridge Parkway)

Tucked away in Nelson County, the Crabtree Falls Path has the optimum vertical cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River in the United States. According to the Nelson County web-site, “Crabtree Falls options a collection of 5 main cascades and a amount of smaller ones that tumble a complete length of 1,200 ft.”

Hikers can travel alongside a 2.5-mile path that leads to four distinct overlooks featuring normally beautiful views.

a waterfall surrounded by dense green forest
Image: Nationwide Park Support

Fascinated in other hikes in the commonwealth? Richmond writer Phil Riggan wrote a book on climbing in the location titled “60 hikes in 60 miles” where by you can discover a lot more.

Twitter assisted 8Information in the look for for the finest hiking areas in Virginia. Other advisable hikes included Strickler Knob, Mary’s Rock, Doyle Falls, Mount Rogers and quite a few a lot more.

For a map of the spots shown, visit the virginia.org site.