Virginia has several outstanding long trails that provide hikers with many wonderful opportunities to enjoy the states natural beauty. Whether you are a novice or an expert, there are many long trails to sample: the Appalachian Trail, the Virginia Creeper, the New River Trail, and the Big Blue and Tuscarora trails. The 545 miles of the Appalachian Trail offer many unforgettable hiking and camping opportunities. The Virginia Creeper, in the southwest corner of the state, is a 33-mile hike that testifies to the wisdom of rails-to-trails conversions. The New River Trail, a hike along what may be the second oldest river in the world, is another beautiful 57-mile jaunt on an old railroad bed that has been converted through a rails-to-trails program. Claytor Lake State Park is an impoundment on the New River. These two parks are included here because they cut across physiographic provinces, as does the James River which is also in this chapter.
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