No matter whether you're a novice hiker or veteran ridge runner, the Appalachian Trail offers unparalleled opportunities to explore, experience and connect with nature in Southwest Virginia. From the Highlands of Mount Rogers, across the edge of Burkes Garden, through the valley in Bland, to the mountains of Giles County, there's a hike available for every level of experience. Whether you hike the Appalachian Trail for an afternoon, a weekend, or a season, a little planning will go a long way in ensuring your hike is enjoyable and safe. Trail hikers often plan their hike to join Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia where AT hikers enjoy parades and festivities planned just for them!