It’s rural, it’s quiet, and the views of rolling hills, mountains and farmland are amazing.
The Shenandoah Valley is home to hundreds of miles of scenic hiking trails including over 500 miles of trails in Shenandoah National Park. Add in the Blue Ridge Parkway and George Washington National Forest and you’ll have lots of wide open spaces to explore.
Whatever your means of transportation, head to the Shenandoah Valley and start experiencing the calming effects of nature and fresh breezes.
So you can maintain your social distancing practices, we’ve listed below are a few of the lesser traveled trails:
Fox Hollow Trail at mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park has easy access with old farmsteads and a good view.
Neighbor Mountain/Jeremys Run Loop at mile 24.1 on Skyline Drive traverses a pleasant stretch of the Appalachian Trail, then joins secluded Neighbor Mountain Trail, snatching some views to reach ultra scenic Jeremys Run. Criss-cross to the upper valley of Jeremys Run, climbing to the trailhead.
Falls Loop from Browns Gap at mile 83 on Skyline Drive passes three major cataracts and numerous other cascades as it explores two boulder-strewn canyons linked by the A.T.
Wigwam Falls at mile 34.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway takes you on an easy and short Yankee Horse Trail. Learn about the logging in the area while visit the fall, viewing a 200-foot reconstructed track of an old railroad.
James River Self-Guiding Trail at mile 63.6 on the Blue Ridge Parkway starts at the James River Visitor Center by the river. You will take an unusual hiker bridge that travels beneath the Park yet above the James River. Cross the waterway then come to an old lock and canal area.