Category Archive: Southern Blue Ridge

Hikes in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. This includes hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway, George Washington National Forest, and Jefferson National Forest between Roanoke and Charlottesville.

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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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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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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