virginia regional hikes


updated: 2020/2/5

Southwest Virginia is currently our home. We are located in the middle of Appalachia where the Application Trail runs right through.

This portion of this site is dedicated to our experiences and opinions about hikes in this area (more in the form of a trip report). The order 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. 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.

As you can see, I’ve only wrote about a portion of the trails we’ve hiked in the area so far. I am working to get to write all the ones I’ve done in time. This is a work in progress.

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, based on the ones with reports.

John’s personal rankings

    1. Old Rag Mountain
    2. Grayson Highlands Loop (hike video)
    3. Tinker Cliffs via the Andy Layne Trail
    4. The Cascades and Barney’s Wall (hike 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
    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. Compton Peak via the AT from Jenkins Gap to Chester Gap
    19. North Mountain near Lexington, VA
    20. Terrapin Mountain & Reed Creek Loop
    21. Strickler Knob via Scothorn Gap
    22. Goshen Pass and Jump Rock Loop
    23. Mount Pleasant loop
    24. Grayson Highlands: Massie Gap to Wilburn Ridge via AT SOBO
    25. Little Rocky Row from James River Footbridge on the AT
    26. Carvin Cove and Hay Rock
    27. Wilson Mountain & Sprout Run Trail Loop
    28. Peaks of Otter: Sharp Top
    29. Peaks of Otter: Flat Top & Fallingwater Cascades
    30. Big and Little House Mountains
    31. Overall Run & Beecher Ridge loop
    32. Franklin Cliff & Hawksbill Summit loop (hike video)
    33. Spy Rock via Meadows Lane & AT
    34. Rock Castle Gorge
    35. Hoop Hole
    36. Dismal Creek and Sugar Mountain Loop with Dismal Falls
    37. Falls Ridge Preserve
    38. Cold Mountain, aka Cole Mountain
    39. Cove Mountain loop (hike video)
    40. Angel’s Rest
    41. Bottom Creek Gorge loop
    42. Poor Mountain Natural Reserve Loop
    43. Blackrock, Trayfoot Mountain, & Paine Run loop
    44. Blue Suck Falls Loop – Douthat State Park
    45. Bear Church Rock
    46. Hidden Valley
    47. Kelly’s Knob via Piney Ridge
    48. Read Mountain & Buzzard Rock


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