updated: 2018/11/15

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 written about. You can click on each one for the direct link of the report on the hike. 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
  3. Tinker Cliffs via Andy Layne Trail
  4. The Cascades and Barney’s Wall
  5. Apple Orchard Falls and Cornelius Creek Loop
  6. Channels of Virginia
  7. Harper’s Ferry – Maryland Heights Loop
  8. Dragon’s Tooth
  9. Devil’s Marbleyard
  10. McAfee Knob
  11. Devil’s Bathtub
  12. Great Falls Maryland in Chesapeake & Ohio Canal NHP: Billy Goat A & B Loop
  13. Great Falls Park Virginia: Difficult Run Loop
  14. Catoctin Mountain Park & Cunningham Falls Loop
  15. The Priest and Crabtree Falls
  16. Terrapin Mountain & Reed Creek Loop
  17. Strickler Knob via Scothorn Gap
  18. Goshen Pass and Jump Rock Loop
  19. Little Rock Row from James River Footbridge
  20. Wilson Mountain & Sprout Run Trail Loop
  21. Big and Little House Mountains
  22. Peaks of Otter: Sharp Top
  23. Peaks of Otter: Flat Top & Fallingwater Cascades
  24. Carvin Cove and Hay Rock
  25. Spy Rock
  26. Angel’s Rest
  27. Dismal Creek and Sugar Mountain Loop with Dismal Falls
  28. Rock Castle Gorge
  29. Falls Ridge Preserve
  30. Poor Mountain Natural Reserve Loop
  31. Cold Mountain
  32. Bottom Creek Gorge
  33. Blue Suck Falls Loop – Douthat State Park
  34. Bear Church Rock
  35. Hidden Valley
  36. Kelly’s Knob
  37. Read Mountain