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The Best Hikes in Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia is home to a staggering number of scenic hikes. Whether you want a short, flat hike with a waterfall view or are looking for something longer and more challenging, there is something for everyone.

With its proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Loudoun County offers some of the most scenic routes in the area. Spend the day exploring nature before coming home to relax at Loudoun Escape.

Our favorite hikes in Northern Virginia

We’ve compiled a quick list of must-see spots for the avid hiker visiting Northern Virginia. These are the trails you shouldn’t miss on your next trip to the area, whether you’re just passing through or here for a week.

(If you’re here to stay, we’ve got the perfect rental space for you to relax in executive comfort, while sticking to a budget.)

three hiker silhouettes on a sunset hike in the northern virginia trial

Great Falls National Park

9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102

Located about 20 minutes from Loudoun Escape, Great Falls National Park is tops on the list. The park has 15 miles of riverside trails and a large picnic area with a beautiful view of the falls. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of an intrepid kayaker trying to navigate them. Passes are available for $20 per car and are valid for one week after the date of purchase.

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve

7400 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22102

In the spring, visitors to this nature preserve enjoy the view of a carpet of wildflowers, including trailing arbutus, Virginia bluebells and sessile trillium.

The many trails at Scott’s Run offer both gentle and more challenging hikes. Don’t miss the beautiful waterfall, formed where the park’s namesake creek tumbles into the stately Potomac River. 

The park is located near the tony business district of Tyson’s Corner, where you can grab a meal, hit the mall or take in a movie after your hike.

Pohick Bay Blue Trail

6501 Pohick Bay Dr, Lorton, VA 22079

Pohick Bay Regional Park features a number of trails, but its blue loop is probably the most popular. This 2.25-mile loop starts at the parking lot, meanders through the woods and over marshes via boardwalks, offering lovely views of Pohick Bay.

Located in Fairfax County, it is about an hour from Loudoun Escape but worth the drive for the beautiful views. Bluebird boxes are also located throughout the parks and monitored weekly.

If you’re visiting during the summer, cool off after your hike with a visit to Pirate’s Cove Waterpark, located next door.

Beaverdam Reservoir

Beaverdam Reservoir, 42400 Mt. Hope Road, Ashburn, VA 20148

A mostly flat trail with a beautiful reservoir view, Beaverdam trail is a local favorite for families with kids. Hikers may bring leashed dogs. With six miles of waterfront trail to choose from, there are options that everyone will love.

Algonkian Regional Park

47001 Fairway Dr, Sterling, VA 20165

There are multiple trails located at Algonkian Regional Park. They range in difficulty and length but have in common beautiful river views. Afterwards, you can extend the outdoor fun by going to the nearby mini-golf course, taking a boat tour, or picnicking at the outdoor pavilions.

Volcano Island Waterpark is located here, too. Make the kids’ day by hitting up this local attraction after your hike.


Need a place to stay while checking out the best hikes in Northern Virginia?

Our executive property, Loudoun Escape, is an ideal jumping-off point for some of the area’s top hiking destinations. It’s also within walking distance of the major One Loudoun shopping complex, and conveniently located to local wineries, breweries and restaurants

 Contact us if you have any questions or would like to book a stay and take advantage of our existing nightly rate discounts.

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