For outdoor enthusiasts, Northern Virginia is a must-visit when planning your next outdoor vacation. From county parks to State Parks to National Parks, and from the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail to easier paved paths, there are a number of fantastic hiking trails in this region. Take a look at our listings below to find the difficulty level and area you most want to explore.
You can check out Fairfax County's Trail Buddy mapping tool to find more information on the nearly thousands of miles of trails in Fairfax County and Northern Virginia.
Also, we want you to have the inside scoop when it comes to hiking in Fairfax County, so here are some tips we've picked up along the way:
- The Cross County Trail, which runs 40 miles north to south along the entirety of Fairfax County, offers a great organic, "Appalachian trail-like" experience. It is maintained, but not groomed, so you can expect to find natural elements, depending on the weather.
- Trail specialists at the American Hiking Society rated Burke Lake Park's trail system as one of the 10 Best Metropolitan Area Fitness Trails in the country.
- You can follow a segment of the Potomac Heritage Trail downriver from Great Falls National Park to a beautiful county-owned spot at Riverbend Park, where you can rent boats, view unique wildlife, or attend a campfire.
- Scott's Run offers a number of trails that you can follow down to the river, where you'll be greeted by a lovely, hidden waterfall.
- George Mason's Gunston Hall recently unveiled a beautiful Bluebird Trail on its property. Find out details on their website.