Virginia is for all kinds of outdoor lovers

Whether you're a fall mountain hiker, a spring dock sitter (because you're not a mountain hiker!), or a summer beach lounger, Virginia's got something for every type of outdoor lover.

A four season destination with an abundance of adventures, Virginia’s outdoor experiences are seemingly endless. From the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains to the calming Chesapeake Bay, the beauty of Virginia’s landscape is legendary. 

But look closer and you’ll see there’s far more than a static landscape. Virginia’s outdoor destinations are also home to wineries and breweries, vibrant small towns, luxury resorts, cozy cabins, secluded campgrounds, epic hiking and biking trails, and every type of paddling

So what kind of outdoor lover are you? We've included trip planning inspiration below - find your perfect Virginia adventure and come love it for yourself.

For the leaf peepers, flannel wearers, and apple pickers 

With autumn leaves bursting into color and fall foliage blanketing the landscapes from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the coastal plains, Virginia's scenic outdoor destinations are epic in the fall. 

For mountain climbers, trail blazers, and tent sleepers  

Virginia’s Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains offer endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Home to a quarter of the Appalachian Trail and national icons including Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as hidden gems in the vast wilderness of the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest, Virginia's mountains offer endless adventure.  

 

For beach loungers, paddle dippers, and dock sitters 

Beaches big and small, beautiful lakes, and scenic rivers are found throughout Virginia, offering endless waterfront destinations to explore. Paddlers will find America’s only urban setting with Class IV rapids in Richmond, the 100 mile Virginia Seaside Water Trail along Virginia’s Eastern Shore, the mountain lined New River Water Trail in Giles County and so much more. Local outfitters make spontaneous paddling trips accessible, offering guided trips or stand-up paddle board, kayak, and canoe rentals. 

For active families and kid adventurers

Virginia has outdoor activities for small families, large families, and your family. Whether you're looking for an activity for high-energy kids or an accessible outdoor adventure with the grandparents, Virginia has something to love for all ages and ability levels.

 

For the nature walkers, road trippers, and national park explorers 

For those who prefer a more relaxing type of outdoor recreation, Virginia boasts more than 3,000 miles of scenic roadways, taking travelers to coastal beauty, mountain vistas, quaint small towns and peaceful countryside. Two of the country’s most legendary scenic drives, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, are filled with scenic mountain overlooks, abundant wildlife, historic attractions, and outdoor recreation for all skill levels and interests. 

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