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

Hey guys, it’s Andrew Dombek again, owner of AID Performance Physical Therapy. I want to share with you five great hikes to do in Northern Virginia if you’re not suffering from knee or back pain. Take a look, I just finished Difficult Run. I started out in Great Falls, it gets crowded on the weekends, but it’s a great hike.

You start out in Georgetown Pike, there’s a small gravel parking lot there that allows you to hike over a mile and a half away from the Falls along this trail there. Three different routes offering different views of the river, all ending at Great Falls. Also, the same parking lot, you start there.

The second hike I’m recommending is Difficult Run to Cross County Trail. Start at the same place, head away from the Falls, and continue along Difficult Run Trail. This trail has multiple water crossings, it is more challenging than heading out to Great Falls. As you wind along Difficult Run Trail, you will see the Cross County Trail. This trail winds over 40 miles of Northern Virginia.

You have…Old Rag is a very popular, but challenging hike. It’s located in the Shenandoah National Forest, it allows two hiking options, a 5.4-mile hike out and back, and a nine-mile circuit hike. This hike is known for its scenic overlook and challenging rock climbs. It is not recommended to do this hike in inclement weather due to the needing to be able to maneuver through the rocky terrain that can be very slippery when wet. When you’re also out in Shenandoah National Park is Little Devils Stairs. This hike is great, but is killer burn on your quads.

My fifth hike is Hawksbill, it’s out in…also in Shenandoah National Forest. This hike takes a little bit of driving to get to, but the view is worth it. There are two hikes to get to the beautiful scenic overlook. One route is a 2.9, moderately difficult hike, and the other’s a 1.7-mile, slightly easier hike, but your reward when you get to the top is a 360-degree view of the beautiful surrounding terrain.

And last, I got a bonus one for you. This one’s over in West Virginia, close enough. That’s a 5.5-mile, roundtrip hike that begins at Harpers Ferry and uses the Appalachian Trail, and a few side trails, to reach the overlook. At the top, you get a view of Harpers Ferry, the Potomac River, it’s phenomenal.

So…but if you’re suffering from knee pain or back pain, and you’re unable to take advantage of these hikes, why don’t you give us a call, 703-723-6758. You can message me on Facebook, you can also go to our website, www.aidppt.com. If you are suffering from knee or back pain, you can subscribe, you can call in, or email in, and request a copy of our free report, giving you tips on overcoming low-back pain and knee pain. Really simple, but amazing, amazing, they’re like an $85 value, but we’re gonna give them to you for free.

Man, this is a great place, I gotta hurry up and go, but thank you for tuning in. If you’re interested in learning more, you can follow me on Facebook at AID Performance Physical Therapist. My name is Andrew Dombek, thanks for listening, have a great day.

Andrew Dombek, PT, MSPT, CMTPT, CGFI
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