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Find parks matching your amenity choices. It's no wonder hiking is among the most popular activities in our parks. It's inexpensive, keeps you fit, improves health, strengthens bones and keeps the pounds off. Also, hiking is typically low-impact so you needn't be in tip-top shape to take part. It works your entire body as well as your mind by reducing stress and improving sleep quality. Plus you escape the crowds, breathe fresh air, enjoy wildlife and take in the stunning scenery that only Virginia can offer. More than 130 miles of the park system's 450 miles of trails are reserved for hiking, and hiking is allowed on more than 150 miles of multi-use trails.

You can even earn rewards by taking part in Virginia State Parks' Trail Quest. Earn attractive hiking stick pins for visiting the parks you love anyway.

Trail at Pocahontas SP.Park trails accommodate other activities including biking, mountain biking and horseback riding, and many parks have universally accessible trails. Learn about a particular park's trails by visiting the park page and finding "Trails" under the "Recreation" menu item at the left of the page, and each park's webpage links to its trail guide. Plus, you can use our amenity search tool to find a nearby trail that suits your needs. You can take virtual tours of each park's trails by visiting this website (www.virginiaoutdoors.com).

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To accommodate touring bicyclists, we have a policy to make a camping area available at any state park that has camping facilities when sites are sold out. Reservations are recommended and guarantee a real, full-featured site, bicyclists will not be turned away when campgrounds are full. Click here for the official policy.

Virginia State Parks Trails
Type of Trail Number Mileage
Hiking133133.15
Biking16
Mountain Biking617.52
Equestrian420
Hiking/Biking70107.24
Hiking/Equestrian97.4
Hiking/Biking/Equestrian64151.9
Rail Trail372.7
Connector1928.86
Interpretive2422
Water622
Accessible1614

Dedicated Equestrian Trails
Park Number Mileage
Chippokes 1 8
Sky Meadows 2 7
York River 1 5.1

Dedicated Biking Trails
Park Type Number Mileage
First Landing bike 1 6
Pocahontas mountain bike 3 9.22
York River mountain bike 3 8.3

Multiple Use Trails
(hike-bike-equestrian)
Park Number Mileage
Bear Creek Lake 1 15.7
Belle Isle116
Fairy Stone410.3
Grayson Highlands57.5
Holliday Lake1 10.2
James River814.7
Lake Anna810.6
New River Trail157
Occoneechee114
Pocahontas1410.6
Powhatan 4 6.47
Shenandoah River69.1
Staunton River712
York River77

Hiking-Biking Trails
Park Number Mileage
Caledon4 6.8
Chippokes47.2
Douthat2241.3
Fairy Stone12.1
False Cape213.1
Hungry Mother67.54
Kiptopeke11.4
Lake Anna21.5
Mason Neck 1 3
Natural Tunnel42.5
Occoneechee20.9
Pocahontas1316.8
Shenandoah River44
Smith Mt. Lake55.4
Westmoreland10.5
York River22.6

Rail Trails
Park Mileage
High Bridge Trail 28
New River Trail 57
Staunton River Battlefield 1
Wilderness Road 8

Dedicated Hiking Trails
Park Number Mileage
Bear Creek Lake 9 6.1
Belle Isle10.2
Caledon 8 8.9
Chippokes10.3
Claytor Lake33.5
Douthat32
Fairy Stone56.1
False Cape108.1
First Landing913.25
Grayson Highlands1115.8
Holliday Lake 6 8.2
Hungry Mother44.7
Kiptopeke11.2
Lake Anna33
Leesylvania24.5
Mason Neck 8 6.7
SW Virginia Museum10.1
Natural Tunnel30.9
Occoneechee32.2
Pocahontas2513
Powhatan 1 .81
Shenandoah River51.8
Sky Meadows68
Staunton River10.6
Staunton R. Battlefield10.7
Twin Lakes57.5
Westmoreland65.6
Wilderness Road21.5
York River33.4

Parks with handicapped accessible trails include Belle Isle, Chippokes, Claytor Lake, Fairy Stone, First Landing, Hungry Mother, James River, Kiptopeke, Leesylvania, Mason Neck, Southwest Virginia Museum, Natural Tunnel, New River Trail, Pocahontas, Staunton River Battlefield and York River.