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Where to Hike in Luray

Visitors always ask us for our recommendations on where to hike in Luray. The Shenandoah mountains are one of the most popular hiking destinations in Virginia. Below are some of our favorite hiking trails in the park, outside the park, and for small children. Enjoy!

Favorite Hiking Trails in Shenandoah National Park

Stony Man Trail - This is our family's favorite trail in the park. It's a steady incline to the second highest peak in Shenandoah National Park with stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley and Allegany Mountains. The rocky peak is the perfect spot for photos and a picnic. Here's a trail map of the hike.

Old Rag Trail - While Old Rag is the most popular trail in the park, it is also physically demanding. The views are amazing, but be prepared to climb/crawl over rocks at high altitude. Groups with small children or petite adults might want to consider alternate trails. As Old Rag is so popular, it is wise to plan a weekday hike to avoid crowds.

Hawksbill Trail - This 2.9 mile loop/trail is a moderate hike to the highest peak in Shenandoah National Park. Your reward includes 360 degrees views of the Shenandoah Valley, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Virginia Piedmont.

Other Shenandoah National Park trails to check out include: Bearfence Mountain, Dark Hollow Falls, the Rapidan Camp, and Pinnacles.


Favorite Hiking Trails Around Luray (Child-Friendly)

Kennedy's Peak - This 7 mile out-and-back trail is one we suggest to every Luray visitor. There's a nice parking lot at the trail head, no fees, wide trail, and it begins with a gorgeous 180 degree view of the Shenandoah River Valley. The farthest point of the hike is a fire tower platform that gives hikers a 360 degree view of nature's beauty. Give yourself 3.5 to 4 hours for this hike, but feel free to make it shorter depending on your fitness level and timeline.

Lion's Tale Trail - We hiked this trail every time we visited Luray when our son was young. This flat trail was designed for children and the physically handicapped. Signs throughout the hike tell the story of a young mountain lion. Our favorite part is looking for tadpoles in the small pond in the spring!

Storybook Trail - This .7 mile, fully-paved trail is perfect for those with limited mobility, small children, or little time! It is hard to find a shorter trail with lovelier views via two scenic overlooks. Feel free to pack snacks or a picnic to enjoy on one of the benches

These are just a few of the myriad trails available to hike in and around Luray. There are endless ways to select trails. For example, if you love hiking to find water falls, check out this list of Virginia trails called Chasing Waterfalls.