I’ve travelled to many places, but I was born and raised in Virginia, USA. From the battlefields to the mountains, here’s some of the best places to hike in Virginia.
Bull Run State Park
As Virginia is one of the first states to have been founded, it’s only expected that there be a lot of historical sites to see. On this day hike you’ll see the Chapman Mill Ruins, the mill that helped start the Shenandoah Valley development. The trails are clearly marked, but know that if you have a group of over 10 people you’ll need to pay $5 at the front.
Basically anywhere you want to go in the Shenandoah is a good idea. Hike to Overall Run Falls from mile 21.1 in the North District of the park for amazing views of the Valley and Massanutten Mountain to the west. The climb itself is 1850 feet, and the roundtrip is 6.4 miles.
Harpers Ferry to Weverton Cliff (Part of the A.T.)
If you like feeling as though you’ve gone into the past, Harpers Ferry is a great place to be. Reenactments happen all the time in this historical town. Nestled right at the meeting point of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, the scenery doesn’t get much better. This is an easy hike with only a couple climbs, perfect for kids and the dog. You can park your car at the Harpers Ferry visitor parking lot, then take the shuttle service into town.
Old Rag Mountain
The National Parks Service website warns that this is the most dangerous hike in the Shenandoahs. This hike, unlike the one above, requires much more stamina and physical strength as you will be scrambling up and down rocks, near vertical rock faces, and it’s around 9 miles long. Get there late enough so that you can set up camp, then strike out for the mountain in the morning to beat the crowd coming in that day. It will take you anywhere from 6-8 hours, so be prepared with a lunch that you can eat on the top (because let’s face it, eating on top of a mountain is awesome).