The Abbott Lake Trail Might Be One Of The Most Beautiful Short-And-Sweet Hikes To Take In Virginia
Admittedly, there are so many beautiful trails in Virginia that it’s hard to pick just one. But in the running as one of the prettiest, easiest hikes in the state, the Abbott Lake Trail at the Peaks Of Otter along the Blue Ridge Parkway is a peaceful yet spectacular destination! Learn more about what makes this one-of-a-kind trail one of the very best hikes in Virginia.
Do you agree that Abbott Lake Trail is one of the best hikes in Virginia? What are some other contenders? Be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments below — we’d love to hear from you! To learn more about the Peaks of Otter area, visit their website.
The drive to Abbott Lake takes you along the enchanting Blue Ridge Parkway, which is a beautiful, worthy journey in and of itself and yet another reason to plan this trip!
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What hiking trails belong on my Virginia bucket list?
Hiking is one of our favorite pastimes here in Virginia. Whether you’re looking for a short and sweet trail, such as Abbot Lake, or are up for a challenge, you’ll find there’s the perfect hike to suit your tastes. If you’re putting together a Virginia bucket list for the best hikes in Virginia, we’ve got a few ideas to get you started. At the top of the list is Old Rag Mountain Trail in Shenandoah National Park. It’s one of the most famous hikes in Virginia, both for the views and the fact that it’s notoriously challenging. You’ll need to complete 8 miles of strenuous terrain to enjoy the view from the top. Fortunately, however, almost every hiker agrees that the views are worth the effort! Next up on the list of iconic Virginia trails would be Crabtree Falls in Montebello. This stunning waterfall holds the title of the tallest series of cascades east of the Mississippi River, and it’s absolutely worth seeing in person. The best part of all? You can actually hike to the top via a beautiful yet challenging staircase trail. Some other trail recommendations would be White Oak Canyon Trail, also in Shenandoah National Park, Scott’s Run Nature Reserve in McLean, the Virginia Creeper Trail, Cape Henry Trail at First Landing State Park, Richmond’s James River Park Trails, Belfast Trail to the Devil’s Marbleyard, and the Birch Knob Observation Tower and Trail in Dickenson County. Learn more about these beautiful hikes when you read our previous article: 12 Trails In Virginia You Must Take If You Love The Outdoors.