Top Trails & Mountain Experiences Near Washington, DC

Head to the Capital Region for adventure or serenity in the mountains

Sunset over Roanoke, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
McAfee Knob on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia
McAfee Knob in Virginia is one of the most photographed spots along the Appalachian Trail.
Deep Creek Lake in Maryland
Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
Bluebells along C&O Canal Trail
C&O Canal Towpath, Maryland
Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
The Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
Cumberland, Maryland
Cumberland, Maryland
Sunset over Roanoke, Virginia
McAfee Knob on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia
Deep Creek Lake in Maryland
Bluebells along C&O Canal Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
Cumberland, Maryland

Looking for a great way to explore the mountains and trails around Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC? Here are several!

Hike the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail stretches 2,180 miles from Maine to Georgia. About 590 of those miles run through the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and Maryland. People of all ages and abilities enjoy short walks, day hikes and long-distance backpacking journeys. It offers a variety of opportunities for viewing spectacular scenery and wildlife, exploring, adventure, nature study and renewal.

Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway & Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive, part of Shenandoah National Park, runs 105 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains until it meets the Blue Ridge Parkway. The parkway, frequently voted “America’s Favourite Drive,” continues along the mountains another 469 miles through southern Virginia and into North Carolina. There are lay-bys to admire the scenic vistas, campgrounds and hiking trails to explore, and nearby towns to visit along the way.

Cycle the Great Allegheny Passage

The Great Allegheny Passage rail-trail offers 150 miles of nearly level trails for hiking and biking between Cumberland, Maryland and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The trail winds along rivers and through shaded valleys and small towns. In Cumberland, the Great Allegheny Passage joins the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath, creating a continuous, 335-mile trail to Washington, DC.

Explore Mountain Towns

Located in the valleys of the Appalachian Mountains, the towns of Cumberland, Maryland and Roanoke, Virginia offer scenic mountain views and easy access to a variety of outdoor recreation. Learn about the towns’ railroad heritage, explore vibrant arts communities, dine on local food and wine, and shop at unique boutiques.

Dive into Deep Creek Lake

With 65 miles of shoreline, Deep Creek Lake is Maryland’s largest freshwater lake. This four-season resort area offers plenty of choices for outdoor recreation, including fishing, boating, swimming, waterskiing, hiking and golf. Whitewater enthusiasts love Adventure Sports Center International — the world’s only mountaintop whitewater course. 

WANT TO EXPLORE MORE TRAILS? Check out these scenic biking routes thorughout the Capital Region!

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