Top Hiking Trails in the Shenandoah Valley

There’s something beautifully simple about walking in nature – no compelling responsibilities or obligations, just peace amongst the surrounding greenery. For hikers and outdoor enthusiasts staying with us, the area around L’Auberge Provencale has an excellent variety of trails for individuals of all skill levels. To help take the hassle out of planning we’ve put together a handy guide, organized from easiest to most challenging, to help find the trail that’s right for you! Check it out and get ready for a hiking getaway in Virginia!

Compton Gap

  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Location: North District, Shenandoah National Park, VA
  • Distance 2.2 miles

A beautiful hike with a rewarding finish, Compton Gap is a good choice for a novice hiker, but be aware that some parts of the trail may be a little rocky. Less than a mile from the start, the trail splits into two 0.2-mile divergent trails that are both worth exploring. The Western Spur Trail ascends to Compton peak for beautiful views of the surrounding park, while the Eastern Spur Trail passes by some large rocks and interesting geological formations. It’s a short and accessible hike that provides some fantastic vistas without too much exertion.

Maryland Heights

  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Location: Harpers Ferry National Park, WV
  • Distance: 4.4 miles

This trail is an absolute must for history buffs! Maryland Heights is a historical tour that begins and ends in Harpers Ferry and passes through several Civil War ruins. It’s an exciting journey into the past and is a bit longer than some trails, but not particularly difficult terrain-wise. It’s perfect for a relaxing mid-afternoon stroll through time.

Raven Rocks

  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Location: Bluemont, VA
  • Distance: 4.7 miles

Heading into more difficult terrain, Raven Rocks lives up to its name with some rough ground and rock hopping. The trek is certainly worth the effort though, with sweeping views of the surrounding area. In addition, the route to the overlook passes through a section of the legendary 13.5-mile trail, “The Roller Coaster!” Overall a somewhat challenging trail with a beautiful reward waiting for those who complete it.

Shenandoah River State Park

  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Location: Bentonville, VA
  • Distance: 6.5 miles

This hike provides some of the best scenic variety of any trail in the area. Pass through a beautiful river walk with easygoing wide paths throughout much of the hike. Tighten your shoelaces for more steep wooded sections and a gorgeous overlook view at the top! It’s the perfect spot to relax and take it all in. We recommend packing a picnic lunch and enjoying the view with some good food! Though the trail is longer than some, it’s not extremely challenging terrain-wise, save for a few sections, and is well worth the trip.

From here on out the trails move into enthusiast territory and grow in difficulty. Veteran hikers will find a lot to love here with dynamic trails and varied terrain that provides a challenge with stunning views for those that hike them.

Loudoun Heights

  • Difficulty Level: Challenging
  • Location: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, WV
  • Distance: 7.8 miles

Another trail starting in Harpers Ferry, Loudoun Heights takes you through town and leads to a lovely overlook of the town and ends at the Potomac River. A beautiful hike passing through some of the historical sites of the area, this is another one that history buffs are going to love, provided they can handle the challenge of course! The journey along the two rivers and the overview of the city is an excellent way to spend an afternoon at Harpers Ferry.

Overall Run

  • Difficulty Level: Challenging
  • Location: North District, Shenandoah National Park, VA
  • Distance: 9.5 miles

Easily one of the longest hikes in the area, Overall Run is a long and difficult trail with a stunning hidden gem for those that brave its path! With steep descents, sharp turns, and rough terrain, it zig-zags down the western face of the Shenandoah. Awaiting at the end of your journey is a view of Overall Run, a gorgeous 93-ft waterfall that is especially beautiful in the spring. If you have the skills and courage to attempt this trail, get hiking and don’t look back! The sweeping vistas and cascading falls of Overall Run provide the most breathtaking backdrop, making your day of outdoor adventure that much more memorable.

Make Us Your Home Base

When you wake up in the morning, a good breakfast is essential for hitting the trail with maximum energy! Fuel up with us and indulge in delicious and hearty breakfast options like whole-grain bread, Pumpkin Pancakes, the breakfast BLT, and the best Eggs Benedict ever… no really, it’s that good. With a strong start and a spring in your step, you’ll be all set for the full day of hiking ahead.

A good hike can really take it out of you, and there’s nothing more satisfying than coming back to a comfy bed and a cozy room. Rest easy with a stay at L’Auberge Provençale and make us your home away from home. We’re the perfect base for all your outdoor adventures with a wide variety of trails in the surrounding area! Get a post-hike massage and relax those muscles, stimulate your senses with a soothing aromatherapy shower, or just take a well-deserved afternoon nap. A comfortable stay in the beautiful Virginia countryside makes for a perfect natural getaway, we hope to see you soon!

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