The Best Scenic Hikes in Northern Virginia

The wilds of Virginia are well-known for their natural beauty. Our state continues to be a popular destination for sightseers, especially for visitors looking to catch a glimpse of the famous fall foliage! Take a hiking getaway at L’Auberge Provencale and enjoy convenient access to a wide variety of outdoor trails close to the Inn. After a long day of fun, you can come back to a relaxing bed and delicious meals at our in-house restaurant, La Table Provencale. Plan your next excursion with this hiking guide and get ready to soak up some sunshine and make lasting memories.

a woman standing above a rocky stream

Lost Mountain Loop Trail

  • Location: Sky Meadows State Park
  • Rating: Easy
  • Distance: 3.9 mile round trip hike
  • Elevation Gain: 570 ft
  • Estimated Time: 2 Hours

A beautiful trail winding its way through forested hills, Lost Mountain Loop Trail is the perfect destination for a hiking trip! It is only a 20 min drive from the inn and is well worth it, with stunning Sky Meadows State Park scenery, trees, and views overlooking the valley below. Ideal for hikers of most skill levels, we highly recommend this hike for intrepid adventurers looking for a fun experience with beautiful wildflowers along the trail.

a couple hiking in the mountains

Bear’s Den Park Trail

  • Location: Bear’s Den Park
  • Rating: Easy
  • Distance: 1.7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 291 feet
  • Estimated Time: 1 Hour

A breezy hike great for beginners, Bear’s Den Park Trail is the place to go for wildlife and forested scenery. The trail ends with a rocky outcropping overlooking the surrounding area and is a worthwhile reward for your trek to get there. A very pretty hike with lots of flowers and is a lovely area, perfect for a relaxing mid-day hike.

a man hiking near a waterfall

Fox Hollow Trail

  • Location: North District, Shenandoah National Park, VA
  • Rating: Easy
  • Distance: 1.2-mile circuit hike
  • Elevation Gain: 310 feet
  • Estimated Time: 45 Minutes

Another hike ideal for less experienced hikers is Fox Hollow Trail, only 35 minutes from L’Auberge Provencale. This hike is not as heavily trafficked as some of the other hikes on this list, making it perfect for a quiet walk amongst the beautiful wildflowers planted by former residents. For those interested in the area’s history, an old cemetery is visible along the trail with what remains of some rock walls from old habitations.

backpack and hiking shoes sitting on a rock

Cool Spring Battlefield

  • Location: Shenandoah River Campus
  • Rating: Easy-Moderate
  • Distance: Trails of Various Lengths
  • Elevation Gain: 250 feet
  • Estimated Time: 3-4 Hours

Created as a collaboration between The Civil War Trust and Shenandoah University, Cool Spring is located on the Shenandoah River Campus surrounded by a historic civil war battlefield. Preserved in the interest of future generations, the beautiful area is full of trails that take you all around the area and gives an up-close look at the battleground. Make sure and stock up at the inn before your journey. Just for that, we offer an Adventure Backpack filled with goodies and picnic supplies with snacks, gourmet sandwiches, and even dessert, all in a high-quality keepsake backpack!

a man hiking in a forest

Little Devils Stairs Loop

  • Location: North District, Shenandoah National Park, VA
  • Rating: Strenuous
  • Distance: 7.4-mile circuit hike
  • Elevation Gain: 1,897 feet
  • Estimated Time: 8-9 Hours

True to its name, Little Devils Stairs Loop can be devilishly difficult at times with 2 miles of steep inclines forming the “stairs” of the hike. Pack an adventure backpack and bring plenty of water for an all-day affair through a grand gorge with cascading waterfalls, a walk through quiet woods, and an old family cemetery. With lots to see and a wide variety of views and terrains, this trail is a hiking lover’s dream.

Coco Chanel Room seating area with fireplace

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Enjoy relaxing accommodations after a long day of hiking at L’Auberge Provencale. Ease your sore muscles by the fire with a delicious glass of red or white and make reservations at La Table Provencale for a satisfying post-hike dinner! We have all the amenities you need for a great stay, including a hearty morning breakfast to jump-start your day of fun in the great outdoors. We hope to see you here soon!

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