The Best Photography in Virginia
Hike McAfee Knob
Virginia / McAfee's Knob Trailhead
From the parking lot on RT311: Cross the road and pick up the white blazed AT headed north. In about .4 miles you will reach an information kiosk where you will continue on the AT.
Hike Old Rag Mountain
Virginia / Old Rag Parking Lot
Be prepared to deal with crowds, especially on the rock scrambles, which tend to cause a bottle neck. I would recommend starting out early, around 6 or 7 am to avoid the crowds.
Hike Humpback Rocks
Virginia / Humpback Gap
This little hike is one of the most popular in the area, and for good reason! It's a short and steep one mile to the top, but the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park to th.
Hike the Devil's Bathtub
Virginia / Devil's Bathtub
The Devil’s Bathtub is a deep pool of blue-green water known for being a great swimming hole and a beautiful natural feature. This hike is a 3.2 mile out and back hike with 250 feet elevation gain.
Hike Little Stony Man, Shenandoah National Park
Virginia / Little Stoney
The parking lot for the trail is right before mile 40 on Skyline drive in Shenandoah National Park. The entire out and back is only .
Explore Falling Spring Falls in the Alleghany Highlands
Virginia / Falling Spring Falls
Just nine miles north of I-64, this viewpoint is not one to be missed if you’re in the area.
Hike to Bearfence Mountain
Virginia / Bearfence Mountain Trailhead
This is one of my favorite hikes in Shenandoah National Park for its views, easy access to the trail, and the option to combine it with a much further hike on the AT.
Hike Mount Rogers
Virginia / Mount Rogers Parking Area
Once you enter Grayson Highlands State Park, you will see a parking lot for Massie Gap a few miles in, park here. There is an obvious trail, the Rhododendron Trail, that you will follow for about .
Hike to Spy Rock
Virginia / Spy Rock Trail
The hike is part of the George Washington National Forest, and can easily be combined with nearby Crabtree Falls (300ft cascading waterfall with a hike to the top). The entire trip is 3.
Hike to Bears Den Overlook
Virginia / Bears Den Trailhead
Bears Den is a collection of rocks and boulders that overlooks the Shenandoah Valley in northern Virginia, just off the Appalachian Trail.
Backpack Three Ridges Loop
Virginia / Reids Gap
From the parking area at Reids Gap, start off on the white-blazed A.T heading south as the trail begins on the left side of a clearing. You will begin climbing Meadow Mountain shortly and in .
Hike Mount Pleasant
Virginia / Mount Pleasant
From the Mount Pleasant Parking Area, take the blue blazed Pompey Mountain Trail that is just beyond the horse gate.
Hike White Oak Canyon
Virginia / White Oak Canyon
Between mile 42 and 43 of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park is the trailhead for WhiteOak Canyon. Begin at the trailhead from the parking lot and cross the Limberlost Trail in .3 miles.
Hike Crabtree Falls
Virginia / Crabtree Falls Parking Area, VA
This is an approximately 4 mile roundtrip hike. It will usually take anywhere from 1-2 hours to get up, depending on your experience and who you have with you, and about an hour down.
Hike to Blackrock Summit, Shenandoah NP
Virginia / Blackrock Summit Trailhead
There are two route options, both are under 2 miles and are suitable for hikers of all experience levels.
Hike Devil's Marbleyard
Virginia / Devil's Marbleyard Trailhead
Want to scale the side of a rock face? If you do, I highly suggest adding this adventure to your list. Hiking to the marbleyard and back to the parking lot will have you at a 3 mile journey.
Hike Dark Hollow Falls
Virginia / Dark Hollow Falls Trailhead
Catch the trailhead to these falls at mile 50.7 on Skyline Drive, just north of Big Meadows Lodge and Campground and the trailhead is just to the left of the parking lot. This is an easy 1.
Backpack Jeremy's Run Trail, Shenandoah NP
Virginia / Jeremy's Run Trail
This hike is best done as a two-day, one-night backpacking trip, however it can be done as a day hike if you don't wish to backpack.
Hike to Mary's Rock Summit in Shenandoah National Park
Virginia / Meadow Spring Parking Area
Mary’s Rock is just south of the Thornton Gap Entrance in Shenandoah National Park’s Central District.
Hike the Sharp Top Trail
Virginia / Sharp Top Trailhead
Once thought to be the highest peak in Virginia, this 2.5 hour hike is one that will leave you speechless at the top. Park at the Peaks of Otter Nature Center (which is now closed).
Hike to Cascade Falls
Virginia / Cascade Falls Trailhead, VA
The 66' Cascade Falls located in Giles Count is arguably one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Virginia. This classic hike is 4.0 miles and gains 800' in elevation.
Explore Ravens Roost Overlook
Virginia / Ravens Roost Overlook
This cozy little overlook is very simple to get to.
Kayak Beaver Creek Lake
Virginia / Beaver Creek, VA
This little lake close to Charlottesville is my favorite place for an after work kayak, SUP, or just picnic by the water.
Camp at Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park
Virginia / Big Meadows Campground
Visiting Shenandoah National Park for the first time can be quite overwhelming.
Hike to Apple Orchard Falls
Virginia / Apple Orchard Falls Parking Area (Sunset Field Overlook)
There are a few different ways that you can do this hike. One way is to start at the North Creek campground (37.54244, -79.
Hike to Hay Rock
Virginia / Hay Rock
If you're looking for a hike in the Roanoke area without the crowds that McAfee Knob draws, but still want a challenging hike with great views, try hiking to Hay Rock. This 8.
Explore Roaring Run Falls
Virginia / Roaring Run Parking Area, Eagle Rock, VA, United States
From 615 (Craig Creek rd) you turn on to 621 (Roaring Run rd) and about mile down is a little gravel road on the left that you turn down.
Hike to Tinker Cliffs
Virginia / Tinker Cliff Parking lot
Looking for a day trip? Look no further than Tinker Cliffs, tucked away in Virginia.
Hike to Fallingwater Cascades
Virginia / Fallingwater Cascades Parking Area, Bedford VA
The trailhead for this hike is at the same parking area for the Flat Top Trail.
Hike Moorman's River
Virginia / Moorman's River Hike
Along the hike, there are four "official" swimming holes to jump in, but you can make your own at any time.
Hike to Raven Rock
Virginia / Raven Rock Trailhead
Starting at a small parking lot right off of Route 7 (wuick right onto Pine Grove Road) this hike takes you North on the Appalachian Trail in a very hilly/rocky part of the trail.
Hike the Great Channels
Virginia / Great Channels of Virginia
Park at the parking lot at the crest of Clinch Mountain at Hayters Gap on Rt. 80, and walk along the road (Raven Ridge Road) behind the gate.
Hike to Wigwam Falls
Virginia / Yankee Horse Ridge Parking Area
The Yankee Horse Ridge Parking Area is located at milepost 34.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. From the parking area, follow the rock steps to the railroad tracks and turn right.
Hike to Rose River Falls
Virginia / Rose River Falls Trailhead
Rose River Falls is often overshadowed by it's more popular cousin, Dark Hollow Falls, as both hikes begin at the same trail head.
Hike Flat Top Mountain
Virginia / Flat Top Mountain Trail
From the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center, travel north up the Blue Ridge Parkway for about 3 miles, where you will come to small parking area for the Flat Top Trailhead.
Hike to Doyles Falls
Virginia / Doyles River Falls Trailhead
From the parking lot at MP 81.1 on the Skyline Drive, take the trailhead to the left of the sign with the trail map.
Hike to Bear Church Rock via Bootens Gap
Virginia / Bootens Gap
The trail leads along the ridge of Jones Mountain to the gorgeous views at Bear Church Rock, and it's the perfect hike for those seeking solitude - didn't see another soul the entire time on a holida.
Bike into False Cape State Park
Virginia / False Cape State Park
Located in South Eastern Virginia Beach VA, False Cape State Park is only accessible by bike, foot, or tour.
Explore Camp Hydaway
Virginia / Camp Hydaway, VA
If you love everything outdoors, Camp Hydaway is the place for you! You can do almost any activity you can think of here.
Hike Buffalo Mountain
Virginia / Buffalo Mountain Trailhead
A short 1.0 mile hike to the summit with 700’ elevation gain, the trail switchbacks steeply up to the exposed rocky summit.
Photograph Dismal Falls
Virginia / Dismal Falls Trailhead
Explorers in Southwest Virginia run into a common problem: local hikes and waterfalls are often saturated with college students out enjoying a warm day.
Hike to Bald Knob
Virginia / Bald Knob Parking Area
Unobstructed views with little hiking effort make Bald Knob one of the best locations to see the sunset in southwestern Virginia.
Hike to White Rocks
Virginia / Thomas Walker Civic Park
Starting at the Ewing Trailhead, in Ewing, VA, you will meander up the ridge for about 2.5 mi before meeting up with Ridge Trail.
Explore the Luray Caverns
Virginia / Luray Caverns
The caverns are located in the town of Luray, which is in the Shenandoah Valley of northwest Virginia.
Hike Rock Castle Gorge
Virginia / Rock Castle Gorge Trailhead
This 10.8 mile loop is a very demanding, but very rewarding hike that will take most of the day to complete.
Hike to Compton Peak
Virginia / Compton Peak Parking Area
This unique hike on the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park is 2.4 miles round trip with an 835' elevation gain, and leads you to two viewpoints as well as a cool rock outcrop.
Hike Angels Rest and the Wilburn Valley Overlook
Virginia / Angels Rest/Wilburn Valley
For a tough hike with rewarding views, check out Angels Rest and the Wilburn Valley Overlook.
Explore Breaks Interstate Park
Virginia / Clinchfield Overlook lot
Breaks Interstate Park lies on the border of western Virginia and eastern Kentucky, and is known as the “Grand Canyon of the South”.
Swim at Panther Falls
Virginia / Panther Falls Parking
From Lexington or Buena Vista, Virginia, take Rt. 60 east for several miles. As soon as you pass under the Blue Ridge Parkway, look for a gravel road on your right marked Panther Falls Road.
Hike Barney's Wall
Virginia / Barney's Wall
This hike begins in the parking lot for Cascade Falls. Keep left at the first and second intersections to stay on the Upper Trail.
Camp at Switzer Lake
Virginia / Switzer lake
Directly off of Interstate 81, headed toward West Virginia on Rt 33 is a beautiful lake only known by the locals.
Hike through Falls Ridge Preserve
Virginia / Falls Ridge Preserve
Dogs are not allowed on this preserve, so please do not bring a dog along. From the parking lot walk through the mowed field until you reach the woods.
Take in the View at Roanoke Mountain Overlook
Virginia / Roanoke Mountain Overlook
The Roanoke Mountain Road is a 4 mile one-way loop accessed at mile post 120.3 off the Blueridge Parkway. It's a winding single-lane road, and I would certainly not venture up there with a trailer.
Explore Skyline Drive In Winter
Virginia / Skyline Drive (Shenandoah National Park)
Skyline Drive is a winding highway that cuts straight through Shenandoah National Park.
Backpack the Mount Rogers Loop
Virginia / Massie Gap Trailhead
For an awesome 2-3 day trip, start hiking at the Massie Gap trailhead, which can be reached from Grayson Highlands State Park.
Hike Little Devil Stairs
Virginia / Little Devil Stairs Trailhead
This hike starts with an immediate stream crossing -- how wet your feet get depends on the water level but bring an extra pair of socks! The first mile consists of a typical Shenandoah hike -- uphil.
Hike to Overall Run Falls
Virginia / Overall Run Falls Trailhead
Start at the Hogback parking lot at MP 21.1 on the Skyline Drive. Take the Appalachian Trail south for 0.8 miles, and turn right onto the Tuscarora-Overall Run Trail. After 0.
Photograph Mabry Mill
Virginia / Mabry Mill
Mabry Mill is one of the most photographed spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and rightfully so. Located at MP 176.1 the mill is beautiful in any season and easily accessed from the parking lot.
Hike Blue Suck Falls and the Tuscarora Overlook
Virginia / Blue Suck Falls Trail
In Douthat State Park, park at the Discovery Center/Amphitheater parking lot near the children's fishing area.
Hike to Kelly's Knob via the Appalachian Trail
Virginia / Kelly's Knob Trailhead
This is a great day hike for families or groups looking to get out for a short hike on the Appalachian Trail in Jefferson National Forest.
Stargaze at Little Creek Dam Road
Virginia / Little Creek Dam Road
This stargazing spot is a wonderful place to test your star photography, or a sweet place to relax and chill with friends. It's a quiet and relaxing spot.
Photograph Sinking Creek Falls
Virginia / Sinking Creek Falls
Park at the Clover Hollow Covered Bridge, and walk or bike 1/3 mile along Clover Hollow Rd in the direction of Blue Grass Trail Rd or to the pin dropped in the location below.
Fly Fish on the Rapidan River
Virginia / Graves Mill Parking Area
Park at the Graves Mill Parking Area. From here you can easily follow the Rapidan River up the mountain.
Canoe or Kayak at Carvins Cove
Virginia / Carvins Cove
Part of the attraction to the Cove is that you can literally leave work at 5pm and be in the water paddling in plenty of time to catch the sunset.
Hike Sentinel Point and Mill Creek Falls
Virginia / Mill Creek Trails
There are many trails in the area so here is a map to start out because it can get confusing: http://gilescounty.org/images2/Map-Town%20Farm-Hiking%20Trails%20%282010%29.pdf.
Hike Rhododendron Trail
Virginia / Grayson Highlands State Park Massies Gap Parking Area
In order to go when the Rhododendron are blooming you'll need to aim for the first three weeks of June.
Hang Out At Riverview Park
Virginia / Riverview Park
Riverview park has tons of options for getting outside around Charlottesville, VA. Part of the Rivanna Trail runs through here, so if you are really ambitious, this trail goes around the entire city.
Hike to Little and Big Rocky Row
Virginia / James River Foot Bridge
Starting at the James River Footbridge, which is the longest foot traffic only bridge on the entire Appalachian Trail. Head north on the Appalachian Trail. You will quickly cross over Rt. 501.
Backpack Rose River Loop
Virginia / Fisher's Gap Overlook Parking
The trail can be found on Skyline Drive. Though it is a little challenging to locate, you should park at Fisher’s Gap Overlook (mile marker 49.
Hike to Shamokin Falls
Virginia / Dripping Rock Parking Area
Starting from the Dripping Rock Parking area at MP 10 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, head north on the white blazed Appalachian Trail (trail leading into woods from parking lot- don't cross the road).
Hike through Community Park and Natural Area
Virginia / Heritage Parking
This is an easy hike through nature with about 2 miles of grass paths and about 0.75 miles of paved paths. It is Blacksburgs biggest park at 169 acres with easy to find parking and picnic areas.
Hike the War Spur Loop
Virginia / War Spur Trailhead
This is an awesome hike to do with limited time. It only took about 2 hours total with time to chill at the overlook.
Canoe or Kayak the Upper James River
Virginia / Horseshoe Bend Boat Ramp
Put in at the Horseshoe Bend Boat Ramp near Buchanan, VA. The pin on the map will take you right there. Takeout will be at the boat ramp in downtown Buchanan, approximately 9 miles down river.
Fly Fish Goshen Pass
Virginia / Goshen Pass
The fly fishing on the Maury River is one of a kind through the Goshen Pass.
Hike Difficult Run in Great Falls
Virginia / Difficult Run
Difficult Run is a popular hiking location right down the street from Great Falls National Park. Starting at the Difficult Run parking lot you head to the trail at the far end of the lot.
Visit Bull Run Battlefield
Virginia / Manassas National Battlefield Park
Located about 40 minutes from D.C. just off I-66 in Manassas, VA.
Catch a Sunset at the Jordan Bridge
Virginia / South Norfolk Jordan Bridge
The South Norfolk Jordan Bridge spans the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River connecting Chesapeake and Portsmouth, Virginia.
Visit Colonial Williamsburg
Virginia / Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center
Williamsburg, Virginia , founded in 1632, is one of the oldest cities in America.
Hike to Twin Pinnacles
Virginia / Grayson Highlands State Park Visitors Center
Park at the Visitor Center; don't stress when you get to the parking lot and can't see it, it's up the hill. From the parking lot hike across the road and find the staircase.
Bike the New River Trail
Virginia / New River Trail
There are several locations to begin your trek on the New River Trail, but our favorite is the Draper Valley area. The pin on the map will take you right to the parking lot.
Hike the Scott's Run Nature Preserve Trail
Virginia / Scott's Run Nature Preserve Parking
This nature preserve can be hiked year-round and is a sanctuary for rare wildflowers, birds, and other wildlife including deer and fox.
Catch A Sunset At Kiptopeke State Park
Virginia / Kiptopeke Parking
This beautiful State Park on the Virginia Eastern Shore provides visitors with a very secluded beach even in the dead of summer.
Hike Frazier Discovery Trail
Virginia / Frazier Discover Trail
There are two ways to the summit: the first is a 1.3 mile loop that starts at the Loft Mountain Wayside parking lot at mile marker 79.
Bike Camp False Cape
Virginia / False Cape State Park
It's hard to beat an outdoor adventure that keeps you near the ocean's edge. For this destination, getting there is possibly the best part.
Hike Betty's Rock
Virginia / Betty's Rock Parking Area
To reach Betty’s Rock, park at Crescent Rock Overlook located at mile marker 44.5 along Skyline Drive.
Hike the Shenandoah River State Park Loop
Virginia / Shenandoah River State Park Parking
Shenandoah River State Park is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. The park is full of well-maintained trails great for hiking and mountain biking.
Photograph Hazel Mountain Overlook
Virginia / Hazel Mountain Overlook
Skyline Dive runs through the heart of Shenandoah National Park. Consisting of 72 overlooks over 105 miles, Skyline Drive offers great views of the surrounding Blue Ride Mountains and valleys.
Photograph Buck Hollow Overlook
Virginia / Buck Hollow Overlook
Buck Hollow Overlook is one of 72 beautiful overlooks that are on Skyline Drive. Skyline Dive is the road that winds through the heart of Shenandoah National Park.
Hike to Wind Rock
Virginia / Wind Rock Trailhead
At the parking lot cross the gravel road to the trail head that starts at a map posted on the edge of the road.
Camp at Sherando Lake
Virginia / Sherando Lake
Sherando Lake is a beautifully maintained dog/family friendly campground situated between two lakes.
Camp at Claytor Lake State Park
Virginia / Claytor Lake State Park
Claytor Lake is a very well maintained state park in Dublin, VA. There are four campgrounds available.
Fish Sinking Creek at Clover Hollow Queens Truss Bridge
Virginia / Clover Hollow Covered Bridge
Park alongside of the road at the bridge where 2-3 cars can fit. From here you can fish in Sinking Creek with a great view of this historic landmark.
Hike the Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Loop
Virginia / Red Rock Wilderness Overlook
Red Rock Wilderness Overlook provides 60+ acres of trails to explore right in Leesburg, Virginia.
Catch a Sunset at the Old Pungo Ferry Landing
Virginia / Old Pungo Ferry Landing
From the Virginia Beach ocean front, head South on VA-149/General Booth Blvd for 6 miles. Turn left onto Princess Anne Rd and head South for 10.5 miles. Turn right onto Old Pungo Ferry Rd.
Backpack Reeds Gap to Rockfish Gap
Virginia / Reeds Gap, Virginia
Note: We usually get a chance to take this trip in the summer, so please pay attention to the weather and pack accordingly.
Photograph Devils Knob Overlook
Virginia / Devils Knob Overlook
Located next to Wintergreen Resort, Devils Knob is super easy to get to and has an amazing 180 degree panoramic view.
Photograph Yorktown Beach
Virginia / Yorktown Beach
With the George P. Coleman bridge spanning the width of the York River, a fishing pier, and numerous rock jetties, Yorktown Beach is a great location for photographing sunrises or sunsets.
Hike along the River Walk Trail in Roanoke's Explore Park
Virginia / Rutrough Parking Area
Starting at a great spot to picnic, fish, or put in a kayak, this casual hike meanders along the Roanoke River.
Hike to Historical Rapidan Camp in Shenandoah National Park
Virginia / Milam Gap Parking
For this hike park at the Milam Gap parking lot located at mile 52.8 on Skyline Drive. Once parked you will cross Skyline Drive to reach the trail.
Snowshoe the Blue Ridge Parkway
Virginia / Blue Ridge Parkway at Blue Ridge Virginia
We don't get a ton of snow here in Virginia, but when we do, the Blue Ridge Parkway can be a great place to get out and enjoy a day of snowshoeing or cross country skiing.