Looking for fun, inexpensive ways to have fun this summer? How about exploring some trails in the northern Virginia area? When you escape the hustle and bustle of the city and suburbs into the state parks in Virginia you can’t help but feel the glory of summer seep into your spirit.
I especially love this time of year for the blooming wildflowers and fluffy white clouds. Below you’ll find somegreat trails for you to explore andcreate your ownVirginia outdoors adventures.
When you visit the parks be sure to let us know what you think, using a Your Comments Count card found in our parks. If you turn one of these surveys innext week July 13-19 you could win a free 7 night cabin stay or a 6 night camping trip!
Shenandoah River State Park
Bluebell Trail Loop- Take a hike on the boardwalk over vernal pools and wetlands where salamanders and frogs breed in the spring. This 1 mile trail is handicap accessible.
Paw Paw and Cullers Trails- Hike approx. 3.8 miles along the Shenandoah River. Enjoy the great views of the river. Look for osprey and bluebirds.
Sky Meadows State Park
North Ridge Trail- For the adventurous and experienced hiker, this 1.7 mile hike to the Appalachian Trail is a beautiful trip up the mountain. Be on the lookout for hawks and songbirds.
Piedmont Overlook Trail– Travel up the mountain through open fields to catch a great view of the Crooked Run Valley. Hook up with North Ridge trail either to continue to the AT or to return to the parking area. Piedmont Overlook alone is .7 mile. Continuing on North Ridge to the parking area results in a 1.2 mile loop.
Leesylvania State Park
Lee’s Woods Trail- Pick up an interpretive brochure at the start of the hike and travel through history. Visit the ruins of the home of “Lighthorse” Harry Lee and the family cemetery. This trail covers 2 miles.
Bushey Point Trail- Hike along the Potomac River on boardwalks and through the woods. Be on the lookout for Blue Herons and Bald Eagles. This trail covers 1.5 miles.
Mason Neck State Park
Kane’s Creek Trail- This trail covers about a mile, with the option of extending onto the Eagle Spur trail. Take the spur to the end to find a covered blind with views of Kane’s Creek. Keep an eye out for osprey and bald eagles. From the parking lot, along Kane’s Creek to the end of the Eagle Spur and back, total distance is 3 miles.
Bay View Trail– This trail covers a rolling 1 mile through a variety of habitats. Look for interpretive signs throughout the trail to give insight into what the area may have looked like in the past.