Hiking the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia

View from room, sweater on window sill. Overlooking green land, trees, mountains in distanceThe next time you’re told to take a hike, do it! Take a break and plan your next getaway by hiking the Shenandoan Valley in Virginia. Book a room at Brierley Hill Bed and Breakfast in Lexington for a charming place to relax and rejuvenate between hikes. Our views of the mountains and the Shenandoah Valley will inspire you.

Virginia is a hiker’s dream. Hundreds of trails crisscross the state. You could spend a vacation just deciding which ones to hike. But start from Brierley Hill. Plan your hiking, walking, running, or biking excursion at some of the great trails that are within a 25-minutes drive from our front door.

Urban and Rural Trails

close up of hiker from behind as he looks out at trees on hillsChessie Nature Trail (12 minutes): This preserve takes you along a former railroad route through seven miles of beautiful countryside. Enjoy river, forest, and farmland settings. The dirt and gravel trail is also bike friendly.

Woods Creek Trail (5 minutes): This nature walk is practically in the middle of the city. It takes you through the campuses of the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University. The trail also goes into Jordan’s Point Park (10 minutes), which itself will provide you with a pretty walk and history lesson.

Brushy Hill Trailhead (11 minutes): Encompassing 560 acres of urban and rural land, this trail is considered moderate in difficulty. With 14 miles of loops and single-track paths, including some former logging roads, you can create your own hiking experience here.

Short Hikes or Day Hikes

Head to Natural Bridges State Park (24 minutes) and you will find some of the most interesting trails in the state, including Buck Hill Trail and Cedar Creek Trail. And the awe-inspiring natural bridge is definitely worth trekking by.

Don’t miss the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway Trails. The parkway is a favorite drive offering spectacular views, but hikers leave their cars to get up close and personal with the natural scenery. Find a trail entrance off Route 60 east (22 minutes), near Buena Vista.

Big and Little House Mountains appear to stand alone overlooking the Shenandoah Valley. They’re also what you see through our bed and breakfast windows. Located just 10 minutes from the inn, you will find a challenging trail. Sections of this double-trail are rated as difficult, and the complete trail is more than 8 miles long.

Appalachian TrailVirginia mountains under blue sky with dramatic clouds

If you’re looking for an opportunity to put your feet on the iconic Appalachian Trail (AT), let us know so we can help you plan your trek. One access point is 17 miles (less than 25 minutes) from Brierley Hill Inn, off Route 60 toward Buena Vista.

About 40 minutes away, there are multiple trail entry points to Punchbowl Mountain Overlook and Jennings Creek Appalachian Trail Crossing.

If you don’t mind traveling a bit further away, hike Crabtree Falls (53 minutes), where you will discover one of the tallest pairs of waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. Continue onto Spy Rock Trail for the most spectacular 360-degree views in the East.  

You can also plan shorter hikes a bit further away. For instance, Hog Camp to Tar Jacket Ridge is three miles round trip and the views are excellent. Instead of climbing Mount Pleasant and Cold Mountain, they become your eye candy! Grab a map for checkpoints, camps, and trail accesses.

Also worth exploring if you’re 40 minutes away is Devil’s Marbleyard, a three-mile hike along the Belfast Trail, which intersects the AT. Once you’re facing the mountain of rocks, some as big as trucks, you will realize how it got its name. This geological original is surrounded by natural masterpieces.

When you find your way back to Brierley Hill Bed & Breakfast, refreshments will be waiting for you. We can also offer you some dining recommendations. Although, after a day on the trails you may just want to slip into a hot shower or whirlpool tub, curl up in your plush robe, and relax in ultra-fine linen bedding. From natural to luxurious within hours.

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