Regional Hiking Resources
Three guides to aid the hiker interested in finding trails in the RATC’s regional area are linked in below.
We are constantly working to improve the accuracy of the hike information the RATC provides, but we do caution that it is good to read up on a hike using multiple resources because you will find some errors from time-to-time. If you find an error in RATC-managed resources please do let us know.
– a description of the 14 Appalachian Trail segments in our region along with driving instructions
– a webpage with links to over 300 fantastic hikes both on an off the AT. The hike lists are arranged alphabetically or by difficulty. (Note: This link goes to another website)
– a hike database allowing hikers to search the more than 120 other hikes within about 60 miles of Roanoke. Hikes may be searched for by length, difficulty, and/or driving distance to the trailhead
These non-RATC websites have some good information on regional hikes and hiking in general:
A Guide to Hiking with Kids:Tips on how to plan hikes with kids from the Washington Trials Association. Recommended by Nicole Jacobs, a kid from Portland, Oregon who was visiting our website with her mom.
Mike Vaughn’s Top Ten Day Hikes in Virginia: Mike Vaughn has previously served as RATC president and as hike master for several years.
RATC member Leonard Adkins’ website: Former RATC Board member and five-time A.T. through hiker Leonard Adkins’ web site. Leonard has written over 15 books about the Appalachian Trail and hiking. Titles include 50 Hikes in the Northern Virginia and The Best of the Appalachian Trail Overnight Hikes. Many of these can be ordered on his web site.
Hiking Upward: This is an outstanding website that contains detailed descriptions of over 100 trails in Virginia and West Virginia. The site was created by a group of avid hikers. There are detailed, printable trail maps for each hike along with a trail profile and driving directions to the trail head. Hikes on the site include Dragon’s Tooth, Devil’s Marbleyard, and Dolly Sods.
midatlantichikes.com: This site has maps for dozens of trails in Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. Trails in our area include the Apple Orchard Falls/Cornelius Creek Loop and the A.T./Mar Hau trail loop. This site also has a great section on the types of plants and animals that are seen along the Appalachian Trail.
backpacker.com: Backpacker magazine has hundreds of trail maps, profiles, and hike descriptions on its web site for hikes in every state. There are extensive maps for day and overnight hikes for the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. Virginia trails on the site include Rock Castle Gorge and Mount Rogers.
trailheadfinder.com: A local hiker has created this great new web site. It has maps, hike descriptions and trail head directions for many hikes in our area. Trails on the site include Angel’s Rest, Sawtooth Ridge, and Apple Orchard Falls. He plans on adding many more hikes and trails throughout Virginia as well as other states. Please contact him at the web site if you are interested in helping add trails to the trailhead database.