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Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail

2.25 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

Chessie Nature Trail

7 mi
State: VA
Dirt, Gravel

East Fork Trail (WV)

8 mi
State: WV
Dirt

Greenbrier River Trail

77 mi
State: WV
Gravel

Hawksbill Greenway

2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Jackson River Scenic Trail

14.3 mi
State: VA
Gravel

James River Foot Bridge

0.12 mi
State: VA
Boardwalk

John W. Warner Parkway Trail

1.6 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Lumberjack Trail

5.7 mi
State: WV
Dirt

Rivanna Trail

21.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Saunders-Monticello Trail

2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Seneca Creek Trail

5 mi
State: WV
Dirt

South River Greenway Trail

1.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

6.9 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

West Fork Trail

22 mi
State: WV
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Widney Park Rail-Trail

0.8 mi
State: WV
Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia, lies the Blue Ridge Tunnel, designed by French engineer Claudius Crozet. It was built to allow the passage of the Blue Ridge Railroad through...
VA 2.25 mi Crushed Stone
The Chessie Nature Trail travels through breathtaking rural Virginia countryside, following mile markers left behind by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad that ran this route. Dont be surprised if you...
VA 7 mi Dirt, Gravel
The scenic East Fork Trail follows the East Fork of the Greenbrier River through hemlock stands and pine plantations and past many small waterfalls, extending 8 miles from the Island Campground in...
WV 8 mi Dirt
West Virginia's beautiful Greenbrier River Trail is one of America's premier rail-trails and popular with bicyclists, hikers, walkers and cross-country skiers. Most of the trail runs along the...
WV 77 mi Gravel
The Hawksbill Greenway is a 2-mile non-motorized pathway in the town of Luray, Virginia, two hours from Washington D.C. It extends from Linden Street in the west to the Flowering Forest in the east....
VA 2 mi Asphalt
Waterfalls, river views, rugged rock formations, vibrant fall foliage and delicate flowers in the spring: These are the sights that put the “scenic” in Jackson River Scenic Trail. The serene...
VA 14.3 mi Gravel
The James River Foot Bridge carries the Appalachian Trail over the James River in Snowden, Virginia, approximately 20 miles northwest of Lynchburg. The bridge was built on the piers of a demolished...
VA 0.12 mi Boardwalk
The enhanced bike-ped trail snakes alongside the John W. Warner Parkway for 1.6 miles, from East Rio Road down to McIntire Park. It mostly lies on the route of the old Southern Railway.  Points of...
VA 1.6 mi Asphalt
Located in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest—a hotspot for mountain biking and rock climbing—the Lumberjack Trail offers a scenic hike on an old...
WV 5.7 mi Dirt
Spanning more than 20 miles, the Rivanna Trail surrounds Charlottesville, connecting several parks along the way and providing a recreational outdoor amenity for city dwellers. The trail has a mix of...
VA 21.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
While the Saunders-Monticello trail leads to the home of one the United States most prominent presidents, it is quickly becoming a destination in itself. It’s less than ten minutes’ drive from...
VA 2 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Located in the Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest—a hotspot for mountain biking and rock climbing—the Seneca Creek Trail is a scenic feast of streams, meadows,...
WV 5 mi Dirt
The South River Greenway is a 1.2 mile multi-use trail running along the South River through Waynesboro's Downtown corridor. Views along the way include those of the river, Blue Ridge Mountains,...
VA 1.2 mi Asphalt
Closure notice: Starting in August 2020 and continuing as of January 2021, the Piney River Trailhead will be subject to ongoing closures due to nearby environmental cleanup work. Please use the Rose...
VA 6.9 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
The West Fork Trail is a pleasant 22-mile trail that snakes its way through a remote mountain setting and follows the West Fork River for most of its route. The soothing rumble of the river...
WV 22 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel
Widney Park Rail-Trail is located in the quiet West Virginia community of Durbin. The old railroad town has a charming Main Street with welcoming shops and restaurants and the rail-trail is located...
WV 0.8 mi Crushed Stone

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Trails by activity

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

VA - 6.9 miles

Closure notice: Starting in August 2020 and continuing as of January 2021, the Piney River Trailhead will be subject to ongoing closures due to nearby environmental cleanup work. Please use the Rose...

Saunders-Monticello Trail

VA - 2 miles

While the Saunders-Monticello trail leads to the home of one the United States most prominent presidents, it is quickly becoming a destination in itself. It’s less than ten minutes’ drive from...

Hawksbill Greenway

VA - 2 miles

The Hawksbill Greenway is a 2-mile non-motorized pathway in the town of Luray, Virginia, two hours from Washington D.C. It extends from Linden Street in the west to the Flowering Forest in the east....

Jackson River Scenic Trail

VA - 14.3 miles

Waterfalls, river views, rugged rock formations, vibrant fall foliage and delicate flowers in the spring: These are the sights that put the “scenic” in Jackson River Scenic Trail. The serene...

Accordion

South River Greenway Trail

VA - 1.2 miles

The South River Greenway is a 1.2 mile multi-use trail running along the South River through Waynesboro's Downtown corridor. Views along the way include those of the river, Blue Ridge Mountains,...

Rivanna Trail

VA - 21.5 miles

Spanning more than 20 miles, the Rivanna Trail surrounds Charlottesville, connecting several parks along the way and providing a recreational outdoor amenity for city dwellers. The trail has a mix of...

John W. Warner Parkway Trail

VA - 1.6 miles

The enhanced bike-ped trail snakes alongside the John W. Warner Parkway for 1.6 miles, from East Rio Road down to McIntire Park. It mostly lies on the route of the old Southern Railway.  Points of...

Chessie Nature Trail

VA - 7 miles

The Chessie Nature Trail travels through breathtaking rural Virginia countryside, following mile markers left behind by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad that ran this route. Dont be surprised if you...

Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail

VA - 2.25 miles

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia, lies the Blue Ridge Tunnel, designed by French engineer Claudius Crozet. It was built to allow the passage of the Blue Ridge Railroad through...

Greenbrier River Trail

WV - 77 miles

West Virginia's beautiful Greenbrier River Trail is one of America's premier rail-trails and popular with bicyclists, hikers, walkers and cross-country skiers. Most of the trail runs along the...

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

VA - 6.9 miles

Closure notice: Starting in August 2020 and continuing as of January 2021, the Piney River Trailhead will be subject to ongoing closures due to nearby environmental cleanup work. Please use the Rose...

John W. Warner Parkway Trail

VA - 1.6 miles

The enhanced bike-ped trail snakes alongside the John W. Warner Parkway for 1.6 miles, from East Rio Road down to McIntire Park. It mostly lies on the route of the old Southern Railway.  Points of...

Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail

VA - 2.25 miles

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia, lies the Blue Ridge Tunnel, designed by French engineer Claudius Crozet. It was built to allow the passage of the Blue Ridge Railroad through...

West Fork Trail

WV - 22 miles

The West Fork Trail is a pleasant 22-mile trail that snakes its way through a remote mountain setting and follows the West Fork River for most of its route. The soothing rumble of the river...

Accordion

Greenbrier River Trail

WV - 77 miles

West Virginia's beautiful Greenbrier River Trail is one of America's premier rail-trails and popular with bicyclists, hikers, walkers and cross-country skiers. Most of the trail runs along the...

Seneca Creek Trail

WV - 5 miles

Located in the Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest—a hotspot for mountain biking and rock climbing—the Seneca Creek Trail is a scenic feast of streams, meadows,...

South River Greenway Trail

VA - 1.2 miles

The South River Greenway is a 1.2 mile multi-use trail running along the South River through Waynesboro's Downtown corridor. Views along the way include those of the river, Blue Ridge Mountains,...

Hawksbill Greenway

VA - 2 miles

The Hawksbill Greenway is a 2-mile non-motorized pathway in the town of Luray, Virginia, two hours from Washington D.C. It extends from Linden Street in the west to the Flowering Forest in the east....

Rivanna Trail

VA - 21.5 miles

Spanning more than 20 miles, the Rivanna Trail surrounds Charlottesville, connecting several parks along the way and providing a recreational outdoor amenity for city dwellers. The trail has a mix of...

Widney Park Rail-Trail

WV - 0.8 miles

Widney Park Rail-Trail is located in the quiet West Virginia community of Durbin. The old railroad town has a charming Main Street with welcoming shops and restaurants and the rail-trail is located...

Lumberjack Trail

WV - 5.7 miles

Located in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest—a hotspot for mountain biking and rock climbing—the Lumberjack Trail offers a scenic hike on an old...

Jackson River Scenic Trail

VA - 14.3 miles

Waterfalls, river views, rugged rock formations, vibrant fall foliage and delicate flowers in the spring: These are the sights that put the “scenic” in Jackson River Scenic Trail. The serene...

East Fork Trail (WV)

WV - 8 miles

The scenic East Fork Trail follows the East Fork of the Greenbrier River through hemlock stands and pine plantations and past many small waterfalls, extending 8 miles from the Island Campground in...

Saunders-Monticello Trail

VA - 2 miles

While the Saunders-Monticello trail leads to the home of one the United States most prominent presidents, it is quickly becoming a destination in itself. It’s less than ten minutes’ drive from...

James River Foot Bridge

VA - 0.12 miles

The James River Foot Bridge carries the Appalachian Trail over the James River in Snowden, Virginia, approximately 20 miles northwest of Lynchburg. The bridge was built on the piers of a demolished...

Chessie Nature Trail

VA - 7 miles

The Chessie Nature Trail travels through breathtaking rural Virginia countryside, following mile markers left behind by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad that ran this route. Dont be surprised if you...

Hawksbill Greenway

VA - 2 miles

The Hawksbill Greenway is a 2-mile non-motorized pathway in the town of Luray, Virginia, two hours from Washington D.C. It extends from Linden Street in the west to the Flowering Forest in the east....

Greenbrier River Trail

WV - 77 miles

West Virginia's beautiful Greenbrier River Trail is one of America's premier rail-trails and popular with bicyclists, hikers, walkers and cross-country skiers. Most of the trail runs along the...

James River Foot Bridge

VA - 0.12 miles

The James River Foot Bridge carries the Appalachian Trail over the James River in Snowden, Virginia, approximately 20 miles northwest of Lynchburg. The bridge was built on the piers of a demolished...

Lumberjack Trail

WV - 5.7 miles

Located in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest—a hotspot for mountain biking and rock climbing—the Lumberjack Trail offers a scenic hike on an old...

Accordion

South River Greenway Trail

VA - 1.2 miles

The South River Greenway is a 1.2 mile multi-use trail running along the South River through Waynesboro's Downtown corridor. Views along the way include those of the river, Blue Ridge Mountains,...

Chessie Nature Trail

VA - 7 miles

The Chessie Nature Trail travels through breathtaking rural Virginia countryside, following mile markers left behind by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad that ran this route. Dont be surprised if you...

Rivanna Trail

VA - 21.5 miles

Spanning more than 20 miles, the Rivanna Trail surrounds Charlottesville, connecting several parks along the way and providing a recreational outdoor amenity for city dwellers. The trail has a mix of...

West Fork Trail

WV - 22 miles

The West Fork Trail is a pleasant 22-mile trail that snakes its way through a remote mountain setting and follows the West Fork River for most of its route. The soothing rumble of the river...

John W. Warner Parkway Trail

VA - 1.6 miles

The enhanced bike-ped trail snakes alongside the John W. Warner Parkway for 1.6 miles, from East Rio Road down to McIntire Park. It mostly lies on the route of the old Southern Railway.  Points of...

Saunders-Monticello Trail

VA - 2 miles

While the Saunders-Monticello trail leads to the home of one the United States most prominent presidents, it is quickly becoming a destination in itself. It’s less than ten minutes’ drive from...

Seneca Creek Trail

WV - 5 miles

Located in the Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest—a hotspot for mountain biking and rock climbing—the Seneca Creek Trail is a scenic feast of streams, meadows,...

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

VA - 6.9 miles

Closure notice: Starting in August 2020 and continuing as of January 2021, the Piney River Trailhead will be subject to ongoing closures due to nearby environmental cleanup work. Please use the Rose...

Widney Park Rail-Trail

WV - 0.8 miles

Widney Park Rail-Trail is located in the quiet West Virginia community of Durbin. The old railroad town has a charming Main Street with welcoming shops and restaurants and the rail-trail is located...

East Fork Trail (WV)

WV - 8 miles

The scenic East Fork Trail follows the East Fork of the Greenbrier River through hemlock stands and pine plantations and past many small waterfalls, extending 8 miles from the Island Campground in...

Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail

VA - 2.25 miles

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia, lies the Blue Ridge Tunnel, designed by French engineer Claudius Crozet. It was built to allow the passage of the Blue Ridge Railroad through...

Jackson River Scenic Trail

VA - 14.3 miles

Waterfalls, river views, rugged rock formations, vibrant fall foliage and delicate flowers in the spring: These are the sights that put the “scenic” in Jackson River Scenic Trail. The serene...

Recent Trail Reviews

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

Great trail for families

July, 2021 by jcasaregola

Great trail for families as it is very flat, has pretty scenery plus a covered bridge and an old railcar at the start. Decent parking at the beginning of trail. Trail seemed well maintained.

Jackson River Scenic Trail

Awesome Rail Trail

July, 2021 by speidel20

We rode the entire trail starting at the Intervale Trailhead on a Tuesday in early July 2021. The trail is very well maintained...this is one of the best rail trails we have ridden on...well worth the 4 hour drive to get there. The trail is relatively flat and very smooth. The weather was around 90 degrees, but most of the trail is shaded so not a problem. The scenery along the river and along side the cliffs is spectacular. Since we went in the middle of the week there were very few people on the trail...we did not come across anyone else on the trail north of the Smith Bridge trailhead.
Additionally...AlleghanyOutdoors.com is located at the Intervale Trailhead where you can rent bikes...we used our own bikes, but we came back the next day and rented kayaks and enjoyed a nice easy float down the river...The staff at AlleghanyOutdoors.com were very friendly and helpful. I would recommend both the bike ride and kayaking/tubing. This is a hidden gem.

Greenbrier River Trail

Great Trail

July, 2021 by joshualedwards

The Greenbrier River Trail has earned its National fame. It is a well maintained 78 mile trail mostly through the West Virginia wilderness. The trail follows the Greenbrier River from Cass to Caldwell, WV and runs through Marlinton, WV.

Accordion

Jackson River Scenic Trail

Thoroughly Enjoyed!

June, 2021 by rulejw

Wife and I did the entire trail (about 28 miles round trip) on Friday, June 18, 2021. For context, we rode fat tire ebikes and used low level pedal assist. The trail is mostly flat, wide, and in excellent shape, packed cinders the whole way, very few bumps. The parts along the river are beautiful, but the trail does wind away from the river a good bit. We were lucky in that the day we went was mild for June with low humidity, however, there's lots of shade. Not crowded at all, we were on the trail 2 1/2-3 hours and passed maybe 15 total other bike riders, walkers or runners. We will do this trail again, maybe in the Fall when the leaves are changing.

Greenbrier River Trail

Renick to Seeburg

June, 2021 by bendtheredonethat

For me, this is by far the prettiest section. Much more wilderness... cliffs, open fields and wildlife.

Chessie Nature Trail

Go With An Open Mind....

June, 2021 by rljuva

We biked the trail yesterday from Buena Vista to Lexington and back. From prior reviews we knew about the gates, cows, etc. I recall maybe (8) gates but they all self-close and easy to stop and open. Gates are not common on most trails we ride but these really aren’t a big deal so don’t let this stop you. And riding by the cows is pretty cool. Obviously a bad storm happened the day or two before as lots of debris on the trail. That should be cleared in a few days so again, no big deal. The bridge is still out and from the looks of things, will be for some time. There is a detour but proper signage is non-existent. This is the real reason I only gave three stars. Neither side of the bridge properly directs bikers on and off the trail. We eventually figured it out but the detour requires pushing bikes up short hills, riding slowly/walking your bike down a steep graveled hill and roughly a half-mile ride on the main road that has a pretty steep incline on both sides of the bridge. I would have given a 2-Star rating due to the poor detour signage and debris but I know many people work hard on these trails and this one deserves a second or third chance. Beautiful area and a trail that has tons of potential.

Greenbrier River Trail

Bikepacking 3 day/2 night May 2021 by Paul & Greg

May, 2021 by paulz

We started our 3 day 2 night (Fri-Sun) bike packing trip in North Caldwell. We went to Cass and did a return trip. First day we rose about 47 miles to the campsite before the Marlton area. We had dinner in Seebert at "Jack Horner Corner" before camping. It is a multi purpose store. There is a grille, they had pizza, ice cream, package goods, snacks, some bike supplies and some sporting goods/rentals. The next day we had breakfast in Marlton and on the return trip we had dinner . Marlton was a small town. It had several food options and services. In Cass we visited the "Cass Company store. They have food, ice cream and touristy items. We did not look for any other services in Cass. That is pretty much it for services.
The trail itself was mostly two hard tracks with grass in the middle. There was a short section around Marlton that was paved. The trail was ok. I rode a hardtail with front suspension. Greg rode a hybrid without suspension. His hands tingled by the end of the days. Hybrid size tire were fine. Could get muddy in sections if the trail was wet. There were campgrounds about every 5 miles. They all had a table and area for a tent. Some had a water pump, shelter, comfort station or trash can. They all varied.
I suggest that you get the" Greenbrier River Trail" brochure or download it at https://wvstateparks.com/park/greenbrier-river-trail/ . It is rather helpful with trail info. Cell service was extremely limited. The businesses had wi-fi so we could face-time, IM or use Wi-fi enabled calling. The river was almost always next to the trail. It was scenic but the trail got monotonous. By the third day, I was ready to get off the trail partly because we did 70 miles the second day. The tunnels were short but you need lights. You may consider bringing a water filter. They were a couple tool stations but too far apart to be helpful. Horses could use the trail. We did not see any. There were some dried droppings. We did not see many people on the trail. We mostly saw day users around N. Caldwell on Sunday. The trail was nice but could use some upgrades to get into the elite category.

Chessie Nature Trail

A great ride!

May, 2021 by rconnelly_tl

That’s a great ride when it’s dry! You do encounter some gates but they are all self closing and not that much trouble even on a bike. It’s very scenic and has great views of the river. I would recommend it. We rode it from Lexington to the end and back. for on 14 miles

Saunders-Monticello Trail

beautiful !

April, 2021 by destiny498

Found this trail while scrolling for new places with nice scenery and this was definitely it ! I loved the smell of flowers as you walk by the trees and flower bushes. Will say it can be a bit confusing if you go off a bit off the trail that leads directly to the Monticello visitors area due to the lack of signs, so It’s best to use this app to help with the map, However, it was still great seeing all the greenery. Also the boardwalk views are amazing, highly recommend this trail, will be returning soon.

Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail

If biking, Afton is a better starting point than the West start. It's neat to be able to basically coast the entire tunnel, as the grade helps considerably.

April, 2021 by titotito_tl

If biking, Afton is a better starting point than the West start. It's neat to be able to basically coast the entire tunnel, as the grade helps considerably.

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway - Piney River

March, 2021 by rulejw

My wife and I rode the trail recently on our fat tire ebikes. Beautiful late winter day, almost 70 degrees. The trail was well maintained, almost entirely flat. The first 1/2 mile is not that great, another reviewer noted it passed by an old mine site. After that, once the trail follows the river, it was very nice. The trail was not crowded on the day we went (not a weekend). We passed several bikers and some families walking with strollers. The trail is plenty wide for passing, or being passed, in either direction. There was some "evidence" of horses, but we saw no one horseback riding on the day we went. Nice, comfortable ride, we'll go back.

Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail

great for families

March, 2021 by bka8156

This is a relatively easy trail for all ages and abilities. West side from parking to entrance is more difficult but east side has very little grade to entrance. As others mentioned, parking is limited, but hikers are coming out regularly so it’s not much to wait for a space. We were there on Sunday afternoon and waited just 10 minutes for a parking space. Great family activity.

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