Category: Virginia Hikes

Hikes in Virginia

Aug 06 2015

Fallingwater Cascades and Flat Top Mountain – Peaks of Otter Recreation Area, VA

  It was my birthday, but Duke was playing in the NCAA Round of 32 in the middle of the afternoon and there was no way I’m missing the game. I really wanted to get outside for a birthday hike but had limited options for driving and hiking. I decided on Peaks of Otter Recreation …

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Mar 05 2015

Crabtree Falls to Spy Rock – George Washington National Forest, VA

  I don’t get to Virginia enough. From afar I look down on it but when I hike there I enjoy┬áit just as much as North Carolina. After 3 hikes I’ve come to love the mountains around VA-56. The Tye River crashes through a narrow gorge which highway 56 follows through the Blue Ridge Mountains …

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Dec 11 2014

Little Wilson Creek Wilderness – Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, VA

  The day did not end as expected. I spent a wonderful hour exploring cascades and waterfalls along Wilson Creek before meandering up Stone Mountain taking in the panoramic views. Despite being chased away from my lunch spot by an irritated wild pony, the fall colors and perfect temperatures made it a great hike so …

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Aug 07 2014

Rock Castle Gorge – Rocky Knob Recreation Area, VA

  Although not featured heavily in guidebooks, Rock Castle Gorge is an extremely popular loop hike for the Piedmont Hiking and Outing Club. The trail is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Rocky Knob National Area, and is described as Doughton Park-lite by hikers. Due to its close proximity and description, I was …

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Aug 06 2014

Pine Mountain and Wilburn Ridge – Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, VA

  It was the perfect day to visit a spot I hadn’t hiked in years. I have backpacked here twice in March 2010 and October 2010 but never a day hike. I drove out to Grayson Highlands State Park planning to do a big loop in the Little Wilson Creek Wilderness. Most of the hike …

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Jun 19 2014

Henry Lanum Trail – Mount Pleasant National Scenic Area, VA

  Until recently, I have focused on finding trails in North Carolina that aren’t well-known. However I have been mostly ignorant to the fact there are a lot of great hikes just across the border in Virginia that are sometimes closer than our own mountains. In the past year I’ve gone on 6 hikes in …

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Jun 02 2014

Old Rag – Shenandoah National Park, VA

  I have always wanted to hike Old Rag. It’s very well-known and supposed to be one of the best hikes in Virginia. But it is a considerable distance from Chapel Hill and is also supposed to be extremely crowded on the weekends in the summer months. I had my chance on the way back …

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