Hikes We Like

Looking for hikes near you? We asked our outdoor enthusiast team and we condensed all of their choices down to a few hikes with different levels of difficulty. Have a hike you think we should publish? Email info@WalkaboutOutfitter.com or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

Please use caution and common sense when exploring nearby trails. Always be prepared for an emergency situation. Hike with a buddy and Leave no Trace!


Bottom Creek Gorge

This hike features what is arguable the tallest waterfall in Virginia. More info...


Rip Rap Hollow, Shenandoah National Park

Riprap Hollow is one of the best circuit hikes in the southern section of the Shenandoah National Park. The views from Chimney Rock, and along the ridge of Rocks Mountain, offer great vistas to the west and north. The spring fed stream in Cold Spring and Riprap Hollow is very scenic, and has a 50ft wide swimming hole fed by yet another mountain spring. More info...


Chessie Nature Trail

The Chessie Nature Trail is a 6+ mile section of the old Chesapeake and Ohio Rail Line connecting Lexington and Buena Vista. The trail follows the Maury River with several areas with river access. It is a popular hike due to its proximity to Downtown Lexington and common to see walkers, joggers, cyclists, dog walkers and occasionally a pack of VMI Cadets fully geared up marching along the trail. More info...

House Mountain

Towering over the City of Lexington, House Mountain is a must do for anyone spending time in Lexington. This hike consists of two peaks, Big House Mountain, with views facing west and Little House Mountain with views northeast of the Shenandoah Valley. There is a shelter, seasonal spring and several areas to camp at the saddle. More info...

Cole (Cold) Mountain

For amazing views with little effort, this is the hike can not be missed. Hike along the Appalachian Trail to witness 360 degree views from a mountaintop meadow. You will swear you are in the Sound of Music from the top. This hike can be combined with the Mount Pleasant loop for an 11+ mile circuit hike as well.

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North Bank and Buttermilk Loop Trail

Even though Buttermilk is in the same park as North Bank and Belle Isle, it definitely has a much different feel. The most difficult of the three different sections of the James River Park System, Buttermilk combines tight, twisty, fast descents and steep climbs with lots of rocks and roots. Several creek crossing and some bridges and rock gardens add character to one of the most beloved trail systems in the Richmond area.

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Hay RockDaleville, VA

This 8 mile round trip hike is great for many reasons but the top two are that there are not as many people as some of the more well known hikes and once you get to the top of the ridge you have views both directions for the remainder of the hike. For more information click More info...

Dragon’s Tooth, Catawba, VA

This hike is beautiful at any time during the year, but becomes more challenging in the Winter when ice and snow cover the rocks. Make sure you climb the tooth at the top for the best view, but do be careful as you’re scrambling up the rocky incline. For more information click More info...

Mill Mountain Park, Roanoke, VA

Mill Mountain Park is one of the region’s most distinguished parks. Home to the famous Roanoke Star, Roanoke Parks and Recreation’s Discovery Center and Mill Mountain Zoo, Mill Mountain Park is a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike. Spanning 568 acres, the regional park is occasionally reserved for private events, including parties and weddings. Located beside the Blue Ridge Parkway, the park is easily accessible by road or trail. More info...

Read Mountain / Buzzards Rock, Bonsack, VA

Read Mountain is a 243-acre park in Roanoke County and one of the county’s largest passive recreation areas.

The park includes a 5-mile trail system with moderate to strenuous levels of difficulty. The main feature of the park is a 2-mile trail to Read Mountain’s summit, known as Buzzards Rock. The view from the top is one of the best in the Roanoke Region. More info...

Quick Hike Lookup

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Local Hikes
Location Hike/Trail Name Distance Difficulty Info
Richmond, VA North Bank and Buttermilk Loop Trail 6.2 Easy - Moderate http://rvamore.org/trails/jrps/
Shennandoah National Park, VA Riprap Hollow 9.5 Moderate - Difficult
Daleville, VA Hay Rock 8 Moderate
Catawba, VA Tinker Cliffs / Andy Lane Trail 7.7 Moderate - Difficult
Roanoke, VA Chestnut Ridge Trail 5.4 Easy - Moderate
Bent Mountain, VA Bottom Creek Gorge 4.8 Moderate
Roanoke, VA Read Mountain / Buzzards Rock 5 Moderate - Strenuous
Roanoke, VA Mill Mountain Park 9 Moderate - Strenuous
Lexington, VA House Mountain 8.2 Moderate - Strenuous
Lexington, VA Brushy Hills up to 6 Easy - Moderate
Lexington, VA Cole (Cold) Mountain 5.8 Moderate