Where to Find Some of the Best Hiking Trails in Virginia

Adventure is calling, and this is one call you won’t want to ignore! Lace up your boots and follow these hiking trails in Virginia to discover breathtaking scenery and bustling wildlife. You’ll see sparkling coastlines, colorful forests, and maybe even some rare birds and river otters along the way! Read on to learn more about where to find some spectacular Northern Neck hiking trails near the Hope and Glory Inn. You won’t regret it!

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Explore Scenic Hiking Trails in Virginia’s Northern Neck

Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve

If you’d like to explore some of the undisturbed beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, but a strenuous hike seems a little too daunting, Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve is the place for you. Here, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll on a relatively flat, 1.8-mile path through marshlands, upland forests, and a beautiful stretch of sandy shoreline. There’s a boardwalk, two platforms for observing wildlife, and informative signs. Keep an eye out for river otters and listen for the sweet lullabies from migratory songbirds!

Note: While the preserve is open to visitors, there is currently limited admission. Once the parking lot fills up, no more visitors are allowed until a spot opens. Please visit the official website for news and updates.

Belle Isle State Park

You won’t have any trouble filling a day at Belle Isle State Park near our inn! It’s home to 10 miles of easy trails and fantastic picnic spots to rest and refuel throughout your afternoon. Belle Isle also features 7 miles of shoreline with views of shimmering waters and coastal breezes. If you’d like to venture out onto the water, you can enjoy convenient kayak and canoe rentals nearby!

The location and orientation of this state park on the Rappahannock River also make it perfect for watching sunsets. After a full day of adventures, reward yourself with a front-row seat to the beauty in the skies!

Note: The park is open from dawn to dusk daily, but the visitor center is currently closed. Stay tuned to the park website for information on when the visitor center will reopen.

Hickory Hollow Natural Area Preserve

For those of you who prefer a more moderate difficulty for your hikes, feel free to check out Hickory Hollow Natural Area Preserve. This hidden gem of the Northern Neck is only 15 minutes away from the Hope and Glory Inn! You can explore several different routes here, and each one has the same destination: natural beauty. This 250-acre space of forest and wetlands is home to over 500 different plant species!

Note: Groups are currently limited to a maximum of 10 people on the trail at this time.

Stay Small, Safe, and Smart at the Hope and Glory Inn Nearby

The bedroom inside Cottage 5 at the Hope and Glory Inn

What do these Northern Neck hiking trails and areas have in common? They’re all only minutes away from our award-winning inn and vineyard! While you’re planning for excitement and adventure in the Northern Neck, make sure you save plenty of time for relaxation, too! The Hope and Glory Inn is the ideal place to kick off your hiking boots and unwind. 

When it’s time to sleep, you can settle into one of our elegant accommodations and let the tranquility wash over you. From the cozy living room on the first floor to the premium king bedroom above, you’re bound to fall in love with the luxurious Cottage 5.

Browse all our available accommodations now and choose your path to paradise!