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Hiking at the Blue Ridge Center is open to the public and free of charge. Use the map below to find a hike that fits your interests.

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Experience the Blue Ridge Center’s 900 acre land preserve on a 10-mile trail network winding through forests and meadows, following valley streams, and climbing up the mountainside. Trails are free to the public and open from dawn until dusk every day of the year.

Farmstead Loop: The Blue Ridge Center’s signature hiking trail. Just over a mile long and with minimal elevation change, the trail is perfect for all ages and fitness levels. This scenic trail, once a road through a 19th century farming community, passes by multiple historic structures, Wortman Pond, and Piney Run.

Legacy Loop: Crossing Piney Run from the Farmstead Loop, wind your way toward Gordon Pond. Relax and take in one of the most scenic areas of the Blue Ridge Center, with the foliage of the ridge reflecting in the water.

Butterfly Ally: This more challenging trail is situated in the Blue Ridge Center’s backcountry. Hike uphill to connect with the Wood Thrush Trail or keep climbing the mountainside and meet up with the Appalachian Trail.

Birds of the Ridge: See why we’re a stop along the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail. Bring your binoculars and stroll along our Birds of a Feather Interpretive Trail.


Only members of the U.S. Trail Ride, Inc. (USTR) are permitted to ride horses at the Blue Ridge Center. Please visit www.ustrailride.org for membership information.


Whether flat trails through the valley or challenging paths up the ridge, lace up your hiking boots and find your adventure!