Hikes, Bikes & Brews

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 | Updated: Nov 16, 2016

Comments: 12 Comments

Many of Virginia’s craft breweries happen to be located near great hiking and biking trails. Head out with the ones you love, then come back and settle in for an ice cold beverage and great local hospitality.

The Priest Overlook

The Priest Overlook

The Appalachian Trail

Around the Waynesboro entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway:

On the Buena Vista/Lexington side of the Blue Ridge Parkway:

Into Roanoke off of the Blue Ridge Parkway:


Virginia Creeper Trail in Abingdon, VA

Virginia Creeper Trail in Abingdon

The Virginia Creeper Trail

On the western end of the trail, in Abingdon, visit Wolf Hills Brewing Company. To the east and in the middle of the trail sits The Damascus Brewery in none other than Damascus.


Virginia Capital Trail

Virginia Capital Trail

The Virginia Capital Trail

Bridging the Colonial Capital to today’s Richmond Capital, the “Cap to Cap” runs near Route 5 from Richmond to Williamsburg and you can find these breweries not too far off the beaten path.


Mount Vernon Bike Trail

Mount Vernon Trail

Mount Vernon Trail

This trail runs from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, along the Potomac River north to Arlington. Concentrate on the Alexandria to Arlington portions  of the trail and find that there are four breweries not too far away.


Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park

Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park

Washington &  Old Dominion Trail

Also in Arlington, if you venture along the W&OD Trail the 44.5 miles to Purcellville, you could encounter six breweries without veering too far out of the way.

What’s your reward for a day in Virginia’s great outdoors? Find out more about Virginia’s craft breweries and the trails, too, to plan your next excursion.


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James says:

Off of the mount Vernon trail near the shirlington dog park, is arlingtons first brewery in decades: New District Brewing Company. Lots of brewpubs, but not a brewery!

Rachel says:

Caboose Brewing in Vienna is adjacent to the W&OD Trail. Delicious food made with local ingredients and good beer. Such a treat to stop there after a bike ride!

Mike Whitfield says:

Creek Bottom Brewery in Galax near the New River Trail state park hike/bike route! It really should be included! Thanks! Mike in Fries,Va.

Hop off the Waynesboro entrance and head towards Waynesboro for the area’a newest farm brewery Stable Craft Brewing, a unique farm to glass destination brewery. Home to hop fields and horses.

Brewdoun says:

Don’t forget Corcoran in Purcellville, a few steps off the trail.

Jim says:

Mad Fox Brewing in Falls Church is a few blocks from W&OD. Award winnng beer complemented by a from-scratch kitchen

Alex says:

Mad Fox is already on the list. Not a fan. Beer is mediocre and food is bar food junk.

Jack's Run says:

Come visit Jack’s Run Brewing Company at the very end of the Trail in Purcellville! You won’t be disappointed! We are new out here, but offer some fantastic craft brew for your enjoyment!

Abbie Watson says:

Off the blue ridge parkway in Roanoke: Roanoke Rail House has closed, but check out Chaos Mountain Brewing in Callaway


Alex says:

Rock Bottom in Arlington closed

If you want to Ride Creeper Trail, we hope you choose our tiny house: