Purcellville, Virginia Best Hiking Trails: Uncover & Explore Nature's Hidden Gems

Dated: June 19 2023

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Having lived in Loudoun County for 45+ years, Kim has enjoyed many trails and parks throughout the years. In Purcellville, Virginia there are amazing trails to uncover along this beautiful town nestled up against the Blue Ridge Mountain Valleys of Virginia.

Purcellville, Virginia, is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts seeking unforgettable hiking adventures. With its picturesque landscapes and breathtaking views, this charming town in Loudoun County offers some of the best hiking trails in the state. As Loudoun County Natives, and Christine’s home town, we will share some of our favorite top trails in Purcellville, showcasing the hidden gems and natural wonders that await the easy and more challenging hikes. Get ready to embark on an immersive journey through tranquil spots, old-growth forests, and scenic vistas. Discover the unparalleled beauty of Purcellville's hiking trails today!

1. W&OD Trailhead: Virginia's Skinniest Park for Unforgettable Adventures

The long stretch of a remarkable trail named the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Railroad Regional Park is affectionately known as Northern Virginia's park and trail that is perfect for both paved and gravel and slight upgrade as you head to the West. This paved trail spans 45 miles stretching from Purcellville towards Washington DC. This diverse route meanders through urban landscapes and the serene Virginia countryside. Whether you prefer walking, running, cycling, or skating, the former roadbed of the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad provides a relaxing journey. Off road is an option for walking, bikes, or even equestrians on the adjacent 32-mile gravel horse trail. This has a bit more hills to add some grade for the extra fun and calorie burn. Multiple parking areas along the W&OD trail allow for convenient access at various points for rest, grab lunch, or walk into town. Join the trail at 209 State Rte 690, Purcellville, VA 20132, United States.

2. Chapman DeMary Trail: Delve into the Last Stand of Old Growth Forest

This trail known as the Chapman DeMary Trail is a tranquil spot to walk, picnic, and enjoy beautiful Western Loudoun County forests.  The 10-acre area is celebrated and known as one of the last stands of old-growth forest in Purcellville. The scenic trail runs alongside the South Fork Catoctin Creek, which like much of the area, is an integral part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Named in honor of John Chapman, who opened this area to the public as an outdoor classroom and nature trail, and retired teacher John DeMary, this trail offers an enriching experience. Immerse yourself in the rich beauty of wildlife. Find the trail at 355 N Hatcher Ave, Purcellville, VA 20132, United States.

3. Franklin Park: Where Majestic Views Meet Outdoor Adventure and Play 

Many nights we’ve visited this park watching ball games!  Most people know this park for its sports fields and are not as aware of the abundance of offerings! Nestled up against Round Hill, Virginia in western Loudoun County, Franklin Park sprawls across 203 acres of rolling hills offering amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The park's perimeter trail treats hikers to stunning sunset scenes. Indulge in a myriad of outdoor activities, including horseback riding along the 3.5-mile trail, swimming in the outdoor pool, fishing in the catch-and-release pond. For the sports enthusiasts and families of local sports teams, the tennis courts, volleyball sand court, or rugby/football/soccer/lacrosse fields, offer days and evenings of much activity and attendance. The park also features a disc golf course, baseball/softball fields, an equestrian ring and corrals, and an in-line rink. Explore Franklin Park's natural wonders at 17501 Franklin Park Dr, Purcellville, VA 20132, United States.


Embarking on the top hiking trails and parks in Purcellville, Virginia, is a gateway to immersive nature experiences, unforgettable adventures for both the casual outdoor enthusiast to the intense athlete and outdoorsman. From the W&OD Trail, to the serene Chapman DeMary Trail and expansive Franklin Park, these trails and parks epitomize the scenic beauty and outdoor opportunities that both Purcellville and Loudoun County as a whole has to offer. Lace up your hiking boots and immerse yourself in the hidden gems of this outdoor enthusiasts' paradise. Enjoy these parks that we have used since either childhood, or when created as newer as Franklin Park. Visit and discover the best hiking trails in Purcellville and create memories that will last a lifetime! 

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Kim Barber

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