Appalachian National Scenic Trail
One of the most famous and longest trails in the United States, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail crosses West Virginia in the Eastern panhandle. Visitors can hike its entirety between Georgia and Maine, or hop on parts of the trail for weekends or day hikes.
Assateague Island National Seashore
A narrow island between Maryland and Virginia's Eastern Shore and the Atlantic Ocean, Assateague is home to herds of famous feral ponies as well as abundant native wildlife. Visitors can hike, camp, crab, and enjoy the wild beach.
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
Designated as the first national water trail, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail follows the historic routes of the English explorer’s voyages on the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the York, James, and other rivers between 1607 and 1609. Following Smith’s original maps and journals, the trail spans 3,000 miles in present-day Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
During the War of 1812, British forces sailed to Baltimore, Maryland, intent on attacking the city. But Baltimore was defended by Fort McHenry—a star-shaped fort perfectly situated on a point jutting into Baltimore Harbor. On the morning of September 13, 1814, the British navy attacked and bombed the fort for 25 continuous hours.
Fort Monroe National Monument
Nestled at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Fort Monroe played a pivotal role in ending slavery in America. Constructed in the early 1800s on the Old Point Comfort Peninsula, the site is rich with Civil War and maritime history, as well as recreational activities.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
As a vital early American town, Harpers Ferry was a staging point for the Lewis and Clark expedition, and in 1859 abolishonist John Brown's raid on the federal armory helped spark the U.S. Civil War. In 1906, Storer College in Harpers Ferry hosted a seminal meeting of early civil rights leaders. These sites from American history as well as sites from the 1862 seige and defense of Harpers Ferry are part of the national park.
830 miles of existing and planned trails are focused on connecting the mouth of the Potomac River with the Allegheny Highlands.
This 15,000 acres of piedmont forest has 37 miles of trails to hike and 21 miles of scenic roads to drive or bike. As a visitor, you can rent one of the 100+ historic cabins in the park, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Construction Corps.
Richmond National Battlefield Park commemorates the importance of the city as the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War. The park consists of 10 units. Visitors can start their tour with the visitor center at the old site of the Tredegar Iron Works.
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia, Shenandoah features diverse wildife, fishing, hiking, biking and the famous Skyline Drive.
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Established by Congress in 2008, the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is a 560- mile-long land and water route which connects historic sites throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The trail follows the events of the War of 1812 and highlights the unique natural landscape of the Chesapeake Bay.
Home to the world-renowned Filene Center (a large outdoor amphitheater), The Barns, for smaller performances and the Theatre-in-the-Woods, which produces plays for children, Wolf Trap also includes some lovely walking trails and picnic spots.