One of the most scenic and accessible sections of the Appalachian Trail travels through the heart of Southwest Virginia. From the North Carolina border just east of Abingdon, the trail winds its way north across Virginia’s highest mountain, Mount Rogers, across the Great Valley, up Big Walker Mountain, then along the eastern edge of Burke’s Garden, through the upper New River Valley and back across the ridges toward Roanoke.
Hike for a day or a few hours along the Trail. Camp in a primitive shelter or pitch a tent or leave the Trail for a full-featured RV campground, nearby bed and breakfast or cabin. Enjoy unparalleled scenic beauty from the mountaintops, along rocky streams or in the verdant valleys in between. See wild flowers and animals along the trail – and bask in the birdsong and peaceful quiet of the backwoods.
Off the trail, there are wineries, craft breweries, disc golf courses, climbing spots indoors and out, and scenic drives and jaw-dropping vantage points galore. Our communities are friendly and warm, with opportunities for music, crafts, shopping, restaurants, outfitters and a chance to make new friends.
Feast your eyes, sleep in the great outdoors and challenge your endurance – there are lots of recreation opportunities in the Appalachian Trail region of Southwest Virginia!