National Parks in Virginia

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National Park Service

Virginia's National Parks preserve and commemorate the area's stunning southern landscapes and the significant role they played in early American history.

Appalachian

National Scenic Trail, Maine to Georgia, CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV

Rhododendron Bloom on Blue Ridge Appalachian Trail

Rhododendron Bloom on Blue Ridge Appalachian Trail

The famed Appalachian Trail spans more than 2,180 miles. A thru-hike usually takes between 5 and 7 months, cutting through 14 states between Georgia and Maine. Along the way, enjoy views of pink rhododendrons along the trail’s Tennessee-North Carolina state line and in southwest Virginia, from late spring to early summer.

Best times to hike: Spring to fall.

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Appomattox Court House

National Historical Park, Appomattox, VA

Arlington House, Robert E. Lee Memorial

Arlington, VA

National Seashore, MD, VA

Assateague Channel

Assateague Channel

Wild ponies are herded into the Assateague Channel for their annual swim to Chincoteague Island in Virginia. Every year, the wild ponies are rounded up to be auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, NC, VA

Booker T. Washington

National Monument, Hardy, VA

Cape Henry Memorial

Part of Colonial National Historical Park, Fort Story, VA

Captain John Smith Chesapeake

National Historic Trail, VA, MD, DE, DC, PA, NY

Cedar Creek & Belle Grove

National Historical Park, Middletown and Strasburg, VA

Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay Watershed, DC, MD, NY, PA, VA, WV

Learn to sail at Stingray Point Sailing School

Learn to sail at Stingray Point Sailing School

Stingray Point Sailing School, located on the lower Chesapeake Bay in Deltaville, VA, offers ASA Certified sailing instruction from beginner to advanced courses.

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Virginia Tourism Corporation

Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network

DC, MD, NY, PA, VA, WV, DE

Claude Moore Colonial Farm

McLean, VA

Colonial

National Historical Park, Jamestown and Yorktown, VA

Cumberland Gap

National Historical Park, Middlesboro, KY, TN, VA

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

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zrfphoto

Fort Monroe

National Monument, Fort Monroe, VA

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania

National Military Park, Fredericksburg, VA

George Washington

Memorial Parkway, DC, MD, VA

George Washington Birthplace

National Monument, Westmoreland County, VA

Great Falls

Park, McLean, VA

Green Springs

Louisa County, VA

Harpers Ferry

National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry, WV, VA, MD

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Jeffrey D. Walters / Moment / Getty Images

Historic Jamestowne

Part of Colonial National Historical Park, James City County, VA

Maggie L. Walker

National Historic Site, Richmond, VA

Manassas

National Battlefield Park, Manassas, VA

Overmountain Victory

National Historic Trail, NC, SC, TN, VA

Petersburg

National Battlefield, Petersburg, VA

Potomac Heritage

National Scenic Trail, the corridor between the Chesapeake Bay and the Allegheny Highlands, DC, MD, PA, VA

Prince William Forest

Park, Triangle, VA

Orienteering at Prince William Forest Park

Orienteering at Prince William Forest Park

Set off on a modern-day treasure hunt at Prince William Forest Park. Leave the GPS system at home for an orienteering adventure using just a map and compass to follow clues around one of the park's 30 courses. You can choose to set your own pace, whether it's a slowpoke family stroll while the kids master the compass or a competitive jaunt to race to the final clue.

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Philip Lee Harvey/Getty Images

Richmond

National Battlefield Park, Richmond, VA

Shenandoah

National Park, the Blue Ridge Mountains near Luray, VA

Less than a hundred miles from the city, visitors can begin their trip to Shenandoah by cruising on the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains along Skyline Drive.

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Jon Bilous / iStock

Star-Spangled Banner

National Historic Trail, DC, MD, VA

Washington-Rochambeau

National Historic Trail, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, DC

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

Vienna, VA

Yorktown Battlefield

Part of Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA

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