Virginia regional hikes

McAfee Knob

updated: 2021/8/4

Southwest Virginia in the middle of Appalachia where the Appalachian Trail runs right through was our home throughout our days as graduate students. Since then, we have moved to Washington D.C. giving us access to the Appalachian Mountains further to the north.

This portion of this site is dedicated to our experiences and opinions about hikes in the area (more in the form of a trip report). The ranking of these hikes reflect my personal preferences of the hikes. A big caveat of hiking in Virginia is that the same hike is different depending on the season, such as the fall foliage bump. So your own experience will definitely vary. For more of a guide to regional hikes and a great resource that I will cite throughout, see Hiking Upwards.

If there is a place you’d want us to report on within reason, I’ve set up a patreon that allows you to direct the time we spent out in the world and on this page. 

trailhead map

Below is an interactive google map with the trailhead location for each of the hikes I’ve done. You can click on each one for the direct link of the report on the hike if available. Each hike is labeled with my personal rankings.

John’s personal rankings

* denotes a picture only for now, trip report of these past hikes to come in the future

    1. Old Rag Mountain
    2. Grayson Highlands Loop (video)
    3. Tinker Cliffs via the Andy Layne Trail (video)
    4. The Cascades and Barney’s Wall (video)
    5. Apple Orchard Falls and Cornelius Creek Loop
    6. Channels of Virginia
    7. Dragon’s Tooth
    8. Devil’s Marbleyard
    9. McAfee Knob
    10. Maryland Heights Loop – Harpers Ferry (video)
    11. Great Falls Maryland in Chesapeake & Ohio Canal NHP: Billy Goat A & B Loop
    12. Devil’s Bathtub *
    13. Roaring Run
    14. Jones Run & Doyles River loop
    15. The Priest * and Crabtree Falls *
    16. Great Falls Park Virginia: Difficult Run Loop
    17. Catoctin Mountain Park & Cunningham Falls Loop
    18. Chimney Rock, Riprap Hollow, & Wildcat Ridge Loop (video)
    19. Sherando Lake, Torry Ridge, & White Rock Falls Loop
    20. Compton Peak via the AT from Jenkins Gap to Chester Gap
    21. North Mountain near Lexington, VA
    22. Terrapin Mountain & Reed Creek Loop
    23. Stiles Falls
    24. Fridley Gap loop
    25. Tibbet Knob (video)
    26. Big Schloss, Mill Mountain, & Little Stony Creek loop
    27. Goshen Pass and Jump Rock Loop * – hike temporarily closed
    28. Mount Pleasant loop
    29. Grayson Highlands: Massie Gap to Wilburn Ridge via AT SOBO
    30. Little Rocky Row from James River Footbridge on the AT
    31. Carvins Cove and Hay Rock
    32. Wilson Mountain & Sprout Run Trail Loop
    33. Peaks of Otter: Sharp Top
    34. Strickler Knob via Scothorn Gap
    35. Little Schloss
    36. Peaks of Otter: Flat Top & Fallingwater Cascades
    37. Big and Little House Mountains
    38. Rock Castle Gorge Loop
    39. Overall Run & Beecher Ridge loop
    40. Franklin Cliff & Hawksbill Summit loop (video)
    41. Spy Rock via Meadows Lane & AT *
    42. Blackrock, Trayfoot Mountain, & Paine Run loop
    43. Buzzard Rock North
    44. Ramsey Draft & Jerry’s Run loop
    45. Dismal Creek and Sugar Mountain Loop with Dismal Falls
    46. Cold Mountain, aka Cole Mountain
    47. Bottom Creek Gorge loop
    48. Hoop Hole
    49. Falls Ridge Preserve *
    50. Petites Gap, Highcock Knob, & Sulphur Spring loop
    51. Angel’s Rest (video)
    52. Hone Quarry Waterfall (video)
    53. Cove Mountain loop (video)
    54. Woodstock Reservoir via Little Stony Creek (video)
    55. Poor Mountain Natural Reserve Loop
    56. Fort Lewis Mountain Tower Outlook via Angeline Trailhead
    57. Read Mountain & Buzzard Rock
    58. Sugarloaf Mountain & the Northern Peaks Trail (hike video)
    59. Hidden Valley *
    60. Bear Church Rock
    61. Blue Suck Falls Loop – Douthat State Park *
    62. Roanoke Star and Mill Mountain loop
    63. Kelly’s Knob via Piney Ridge *
    64. Fulhardt Knob via AT *