Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway Travel Guide
Virginia Hiking Trails



MilePost Description Length Rating
5.9 Mountain Farm Trail
Self-guiding, from Humpback Visitor Center to a reconstructed farmstead.
0.25 Easy

Appalachian Trail
Humpback Gap parking area to Humpback Mtn., elevation 365O feet.

The Appalachian Trail is a 2000 mile footpath from Mt. Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mtn., Georgia. The Trail follows near the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway from Shenadoah National Park to near Roanoke, VA. Several short sections of the AT can be hiked from the Parkway.

2 Strenuous
8.4 Catoctin Loop Trail
Leg stretcher.
0.3 Moderate
8.8 Greenstone Trail
Self-guiding; Greenstone geology formation. Oak/Hickory forest.
0.2 Moderate
17.6 The Priest
0.1 Easy
18.5 White Rock Falls Trail Connection 2.9 Moderate
20 White Rock Falls Trail
Follows stream to small falls.
0.9 Moderate
26.3 Big Spy Mountain
View into Shenandoah Valley; good for sky watching.
0.1 Moderate
34.4 Yankee Horse
To logging RR exhibit & small waterfall.
0.2 Moderate
38.8 Boston Knob
Leg stretcher.
0.1 Easy
47.5 Indian Gap
To Indian Rocks; good seasonal rhododendron display.
0.3 Moderate
55.2 White Oak Flats Leg stretcher. 0.1 Easy
60.8 Otter Creek Trail
Begin at Otter Creek Campground.
3.5 Moderate
63.1 Otter Lake Trail
Around Otter Lake.
0.8 Moderate
63.6 James River Trail
Self-guiding to canal locks.
0.2 Easy
63.6 Trail of Trees Trail
Self-guiding to James River Overlook.
0.5 Moderate
74.7 Thunder Ridge Trail
Leg stretcher loop to view of Arnold Valley.
0.1 Easy
78.4 Apple Orchard Falls Trail
Sunset Field Overlook to view of Apple Orchard Falls; National Recreation Trail.
1.2 Strenuous
79.7 Onion Mountain Loop Trail
Leg stretcher through Appalachian deciduous forest with rhododendron display.
0.1 Easy
83.1 Fallingwater Cascades Trail
National Recreation Trail, loop to view of cascades.
1.6 Moderate
83.5 Flat Top Trail
Leads to highest (4001 ft.) of three prominent peaks in area.
4.4 Strenuous
83.5 Cross Rock Trail
Spur off Flat Top Trail; unique geological features.
0.1 Moderate
85.7 Abbott Lake Trail
Loop around Abbott Lake.
1 Easy
85.9 Elk Run Trail
Self-guiding loop nature trail from Visitor Center.
0.8 Easy
85.9 Johnson Farm Loop Trail
Loop to restored farm.
2.1 Moderate
85.9 Harkening Hill Trail
Elevation~3OO feet; begin at Peaks Visitor Center.
3.3 Moderate
85.9 Balance Rock
Spur trail off Harkening Hill Trail; unique geological formations.
0.1 Moderate
86 Sharp Top Trail
From camp store to summit of Sharp Top Mtn.; elevation 387S feet; 360-degree panoramic view.
1.6 Strenuous
86 Sharp Top Summit Loop Trail
Loop; accessible by bus seasonally.
0.5 Strenuous
91 Appalachian Trail
VA 695 to Sharp Top Mtn. Overlook.
1.9 Moderate
92.5 Appalachian Trail
Sharp Top Mtn. Overlook to Harvey's Knob Overlook.
2.9 Moderate
95.4 Appalachian Trail
Harvey's Knob Ovelook to Montvale Overlook.
0.6 Moderate
95.9 Appalachian Trail
Montvale Overlook to Taylor's Mountain Overlook.
1 Moderate
96 Spec Mine Trail
USFS Trail begins near Montvale Overlook, to State Rt. 645 in Botetourt County.
2.8 Strenuous
97 Appalachian Trail
Taylor's Mtn. Overlook to Blackhorse Gap.
0.8 Moderate
110.6 Stewarts Knob Trail
0.05 Easy
114.9 Roanoke River Trail
Self-guiding river loop.
0.35 Easy
120.4 Roanoke Mountain Summit Trail View. 0.11 Moderate
120.5 Chestnut Ridge Trail
Adjacent to Roanoke Mtn. campground.
1.75 Moderate
121.4 Roanoke Valley Horse Trail
Begins at U.S. Hwy 220 and parallels Parkway to Milepost 110.6.
18.5 Moderate
123.2 Buck Mountain Trail
To summit view.
0.53 Moderate
154.5 Smart View Loop Trail
Around picnic area.
2.6 Moderate
167.1 Rock Castle Gorge Trail
Loop from campground along ridge, over Rocky Knob and into gorge for 7-mile return to campground.
10.8 Strenuous
167.1 Hardwood Cove Self-Guiding Nature Trail
Part of Rock Castle Loop.
0.8 Moderate
169 Black Ridge Trail
Rocky Knob Visitor Center to Black Ridge to Grassy Knoll and back to Visitor Center.
3.1 Moderate
169 Rocky Knob Picnic Loop Trail
Leg stretcher around picnic area.
1 Easy
176.2 Mabry Mill Trail
To Mill, log cabin, other outdoor exhibits.
0.5 Easy
179.2 Round Meadow Creek Loop Trail
Walk through a stream bottom forest.
0.5 Moderate

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