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 160 miles of the park system's 626 miles of trails are reserved for hiking, and hiking is allowed on more than 397 miles of multi-use trails. Detailed GIS-based maps of park trails are available online, too.
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.
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. View slideshows of each park's trails by visiting this website.
Virginia State Park trail guides are meant to provide an overview of each park's trail system. For more detailed maps and specific trail information:
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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.
|Type of Trail||Number||Mileage|
|Bear Creek Lake||1||16|
|New River Trail||1||55|
|High Bridge Trail||31|
|New River Trail||55|
|Staunton River Battlefield||1|
|Bear Creek Lake||11||21|
|Smith Mountain Lake||17||16|
|Staunton R. Battlefield||1||2|
|SW Virginia Museum||1||0.1|
Parks with handicapped accessible trails include Bear Creek Lake, Belle Isle, Chippokes, Claytor Lake, First Landing, James River, Lake Anna, Leesylvania, Southwest Virginia Museum, Natural Tunnel, New River Trail, Pocahontas, and Westmoreland.