Hiking the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia

View from room, sweater on window sill. Overlooking green land, trees, mountains in distanceNext time you’re told to take a hike, say “What a great idea!” Then do it. Take a break; plan a getaway. Book a room at Brierley Hill Bed and Breakfast near Lexington, Va., for a charming place to relax 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 25-minutes’ drive of 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. It’s cow friendly too – as in the cow might come up to say hello.  

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

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

Choose short hikes or day hikes

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

Don’t miss the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway Trails. The parkway is a favorite drive offering spectacular views, but hikers leave their cars and become a part of the 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 and are nature’s paintings in our bed and breakfast windows. To become part of the “painting,” drive just 10 minutes from the inn. Parts of this double-trail are rated as difficult, and the complete trail is more than 8 miles.

Appalachian Trail

Virginia mountains under blue sky with dramatic clouds

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

About 40 minutes away, multiple entry points will beckon you; Punchbowl Mountain Overlook and Jennings Creek Appalachian Trail Crossing encompass popular sections of the hiking trails.

If you love those superlative sites, choose a hike to Crabtree Falls (53 minutes), one of the tallest sets of U.S. waterfalls in east of the Mississippi River, and continue onto Spy Rock Trail for the most spectacular 360-degree views in the East.  

Think day hike, but short hikes can be planned. 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 know how it got its name. Caution: Its siren call begs children to climb. It’s a geological original surrounded by natural masterpieces.

When you make your way back to Brierley Hill, refreshments await you as do restaurant recommendations should you need them. We understand perfectly if you want to slip into a hot shower or whirlpool tub, then curl up in our plush robe before sinking into bed and wrapping up in ultra-fine linen. From natural to luxurious within hours. It feels good; we get it.

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