The Best Hikes near Durham

Eli Ditmore at McAfee Knob
McAfee Knob, Roanoke County, VirginiaMcAfee KnobRoanoke County, VirginiaMy buddy Eric was fearless sitting on the edge of the cliff so I could snag a photo of him with the valley below. This will always be one of the...McAfee Knob, Roanoke County, VirginiaMcAfee KnobRoanoke County, VirginiaMcAfee Knob is a famous spot for many on the Appalachian trail and it is commonly referred to as the most photographed location for hikers on the...Apple Orchard Mountain, Bedford County, VirginiaApple Orchard MountainBedford County, Virginia"The Guillotine" It's always a little nerve racking when you have to walk underneath a large rock that is precariously placed. Just a short walk...Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke County, VirginiaBlue Ridge ParkwayRoanoke County, VirginiaTotally worth the additional 2 hours home...Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke County, VirginiaBlue Ridge ParkwayRoanoke County, VirginiaBlue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina searching for tunnel trolls....Hanging Rock State Park, Stokes County, North CarolinaHanging Rock State ParkStokes County, North CarolinaHanging Rock has trails to waterfalls and rock outcrops overlooking mountains and the piedmont. There are 18 miles of hiking trails and access to...McAfee Knob, Roanoke County, VirginiaMcAfee KnobRoanoke County, VirginiaThe top of McAffee Knob. Went #hiking here a few times throughout my time spent at Virginia Tech.Parking for Lake Crabtree and Umstead Park, Cary, North CarolinaParking for Lake Crabtree and Umstead ParkCary, North CarolinaThe Company Mill Loop is 6 or 7 miles. The first part is a little harder than the actual loop that starts after the bridge. There's not a lot to...McAfee Knob, Roanoke County, VirginiaMcAfee KnobRoanoke County, VirginiaOne of my most favorite places to go #hiking in the Southwest Virginia area.Falls Ridge Preserve, Montgomery County, VirginiaFalls Ridge PreserveMontgomery County, VirginiaI found this place towards the end of my last semester at Virginia Tech. It's a smaller preserve but there's still some #hiking trails worth...Hanging Rock State Park, Stokes County, North CarolinaHanging Rock State ParkStokes County, North CarolinaHanging Rock has trails to waterfalls and rock outcrops overlooking mountains and the piedmont. There are 18 miles of hiking trails and access to...Hanging Rock State Park, Stokes County, North CarolinaHanging Rock State ParkStokes County, North CarolinaGreat hike and the amazing views are well worth it.Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke County, VirginiaBlue Ridge ParkwayRoanoke County, VirginiaTaking a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway will be one of the most memorable drives you have ever been on in your life. With miles and miles of...Natural Bridge Park Historic Hotel & Conference Center, Natural Bridge, VirginiaNatural Bridge Park Historic Hotel & Conference CenterNatural Bridge, Virginia$18 per person for a 2 mi hike. If you're planning on going, go at night for the laser show! I bet the spring is really pretty as well. We missed...Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, Cary, North CarolinaHemlock Bluffs Nature PreserveCary, North CarolinaMy favorite Cary spot for walking. The preserve has several beautiful trails. You're right in the middle of Cary, but you feel completely secluded.Raven Rock State Park, Harnett County, North CarolinaRaven Rock State ParkHarnett County, North CarolinaThere's a trail that starts to the left of the visitor center parking lot. It's 5.5 miles and a little more strenuous than others. If you venture...Lower Cascade Falls, Stokes County, North CarolinaLower Cascade FallsStokes County, North CarolinaGreat place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Only about 30-40 minutes from Winston Salem and about a 10 minute hike to the cascades....McAfee Knob, Roanoke County, VirginiaMcAfee KnobRoanoke County, VirginiaOnly took about two hours to get to the peak here at McAfee's Knob and it was well worth it.Cedar Creek Cafe, Rockbridge County, VirginiaCedar Creek CafeRockbridge County, VirginiaThis spot is a bit over priced but... We still enjoyed the 2 mile hike along the river!Natural Bridge, VirginiaNatural BridgeVirginiaRight off of 81, this place is definitely worth the stop. $20 fee to get in (BRING your student ID and it's only $12). It's about a 2.5mile "hike"...
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