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Blue Ridge Hiking at Wintergreen

It’s hard to find a resort in a more beautiful location than Wintergreen. Being situated high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains, Wintergreen offers the most spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and The Rockfish and Shenandoah Valleys. We’ve found the best way to discover this beauty is to get out and hike the miles of trails.

Trail Notes:

  • Yellow Blaze: access trail
  • Red Blaze: perimeter trail
  • Blue: valley trail
  • Easy: generally level terrain, all abilities
  • Moderate: Varied terrain, short steep sections
  • Difficult: Lengthy steep sections, experienced hikers only.

Safety Tips:

  • Hike at your own risk
  • Do not hike alone
  • Do not underestimate the terrain
  • Carry drinking water and a snack
  • Be aware of wildlife and respect their space
  • Wear proper attire, including footwear
  • Carry a hiking map at all times
  • Stay on marked trails
  • Be aware of your limitations

Guided Hikes

Developed and maintained by The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen, the resort has over 30 miles of marked hiking trails for you to explore. Guided hikes are offered by The Nature Foundation on Saturdays, with an additional hike on Wednesdays during the summer. Check This Week at Wintergreen for details.

Self-Guided Hikes

The mountain and valley system of trails at Wintergreen is divided into two types: access trails and perimeter trails. Besides the map and tree blazes, there are signs at intersections with trail name, direction and blaze color.

The trails on the mountain wind around the two mountain peaks that make up what we call Wintergreen – Devils Knob and Blackrock. The perimeter trails circumnavigate the resort with access trails that break off for shorter hikes.

Both mountain and valley trails explore waterfalls and unbroken wilderness. These trails complete the Wintergreen experience of discovering the wide diversity of terrain, natural gardens and animal life. Please leave rocks, plants and other natural objects including cultural and historic structures and artifacts as you find them. Help us keep our native plant heritage intact.

Visit The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen for more details. Hiking Guides are available for $3 at the Front Desk or at the Nature Center. This guide gives detailed descriptions of each trail, with distance, difficulty and key features to note while hiking.

Top Three Hikes at Wintergreen

Winter Hiking

Winter hiking can be an exhilarating experience. With clear skies and open canopy, views which cannot be seen during warmer months are found. While enjoying winter hiking, it is important to note a few aspects;

  • Pay attention to trail blazes
  • Dress in layers
  • Be aware of icy, leaf covered or wet areas

Trails closed in winter: Blackrock, Brimstone, Cedar Cliffs North, Chestnut Springs, Devils Knob, Loggers Alley (from Mountain Inn to Chestnut Springs access), Old Appalachian Trail (south of Laurel Springs Drive), Pedlars Edge, Pond Hollow (North of Laurel Ridge Loop) Upper Shamokin Gorge Trail.