5 Great Hikes in Northern Virginia to Do if You Are Not Suffering From Back or Knee Pain!

As the weather starts to turn and spring is on its way it is a great time to get out and enjoy some fresh air and get some exercise. Northern Virginia has some great hiking trails from Great Falls to Shenandoah National Forest. Here are some great hikes to try out this spring! (These are not ranked in any particular order).

1. Difficult Run to Great Falls

The falls are beautiful at all times but can get crowded and don’t do much for people who want a little bit more of a challenge. Starting at on Georgetown pike there is a small gravel parking lot that allows you to begin a hike over 1.5 miles away from the falls. Along this trail there are 3 different routes offering different views of the river, all ending at Great Falls.

2. Difficult Run to Cross County Trail

Starting from the same parking lot as above you can head away from the falls and continue along the Difficult run trail. This trail has multiple water crossings and is more challenging than heading out to Great Falls. As you wind along Difficult Run trail you will see the CCT (Cross County Trail), this trail winds through over 40 miles of Northern Virginia.

3. Old rag

A very popular but challenging hike is located in Shenandoah National Forest. It allows for 2 hiking options, a 5.4-mile out and back or a 9-mile circuit hike. This hike is known its scenic overlook and challenging rock climbs. It is not recommended to do this hike in inclement weather due to needing to be able to maneuver through rocky terrain that can be slippery when wet.

4. Hawksbill Shenandoah National Forest

This hike takes a little bit of driving to get to but the view is worth it! There are two different hikes to get to the beautiful scenic overlook. One route is a 2.9-mile moderately difficult hike and the other is a 1.7-mile slightly easier hike. When you get to the top your reward is a 360-degree view of the beautiful surrounding terrain!

5. Split Rock

This 5.5-mile round trip hike begins at Harpers Ferry and uses the Appalachian Trail and a few side trails to reach the overlook. At the top you will get a view of Harpers Ferry and the Potomac River.

If you are suffering from back or knee pain and are unable to enjoy these hikes call us today at 571-388-3521to inquire about your free discovery session!

If you are suffering from knee pain you should get our free tips report on dealing with knee pain.

OR - If you are suffering from back pain you should get our free tips report on dealing with back pain.

So get out there and enjoy the great weather and get hiking!

Andrew Lengerich

Andrew Lengerich, PT, DPT

Senior Physical Therapist at AID Performance Physical Therapy
Andrew Lengerich, PT, DPT, CMTPT earned his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Throughout his time at Miami University he worked as a volunteer coach for grade school basketball teams in Butler County. Upon graduation he began the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013. Throughout his time at the University of Dayton he was able to travel to China in an exchange program with Nanjing Medical University. He was also able to complete an independent study with the University of Kentucky men's basketball team examining injury prevention and return to sport in elite athletes. Prior to coming to AID Performance Physical Therapy Andrew worked in Fayetteville North Carolina with active duty military. Andrew specializes in working with athletes of all ages and ability recover from musculoskeletal injuries of all types. His favorite injuries to treat are low back and hip injuries, using a full body evaluation to get to the true cause of the injury.
Andrew Lengerich, PT, DPT

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