Eagle Point Overlook Winchester VA

5 Virginia Hike and Beer Day Trips Near Washington DC

These 5 hike and beer day trips combine a little exercise in the great outdoors with the relaxing payoff of a cold Virginia craft brew. Hike and beer day trips celebrate great weather and Virginia’s thriving craft brewery scene, exploring new trails and taprooms near Washington DC.

1. Raven Rocks and Dirt Farm Brewing, Bluemont

Raven Rocks hike Appalachian Trail Virginia

Raven Rocks hike Appalachian Trail Virginia

 

Work up a thirst on a hilly section of the Appalachian Trail known as the roller coaster. Just shy of 3 miles on the trail you’ll reach the rocky outcropping known as Raven Rocks. Your payoff for the effort is a beautiful open view of the Shenandoah Valley and distant mountains.

Raven Rocks hike details.

Dirt Farm Brewing patio

Dirt Farm Brewing patio

 

Like the Raven Rocks hike, Dirt Farm Brewing has a spectacular view. The transition from rock ledge to rock patio is short, and this time your car gets to handle the ascent. Dirt Farm focuses on small batch hand crafted beer from fresh ingredients grown on the owner’s family farm, Great Country Farms. You’ll find traditional brewing style ales and many seasonals, including an excellent pumpkin ale. There are several more craft breweries, all part of the LoCo Ale Trail, in nearby Purcellville.

Map: Raven Rocks to Dirt Farm Brewing

2. Bull Run Occoquan Trail and BadWolf Brewing, Manassas

Fountainhead to Bull Run Marina hike Virginia

Bull Run Occoquan Trail, Virginia

 

Start your hike in Fountainhead Park, the southern end of the 18 mile Bull Run Occoquan Trail. The wooded trail travels up and down hills and along the edge of the Occoquan Reservoir. Our suggested route follows the trail 6.5 miles to the turn-around at Bull Run Marina, but you could extend longer or turn back sooner. If you’d rather bike than hike, Fountainhead offers some excellent dirt biking trails with three levels of difficulty.

Bull Run Occoquan Trail hike details.

BadWolf Brewing sampler

BadWolf Brewing, Manassas

 

Pick your beer destination based on your preferred driving direction. We suggest heading northwest to BadWolf Brewing in Manassas. They offer generous flights and a range of flagship, seasonal, and experimental beers on tap. If you’d rather head toward DC after your hike, Forge Brew Works and Fair Winds Brewing are a short  drive northeast in Lorton.

Map: Fountainhead Park to BadWolf Brewing

3. Seneca Park and Lake Anne Brew House, Reston

Spring trail Seneca Tract

Seneca Regional Park trail, Great Falls Virginia

 

Great Falls gets the attention, but Seneca Regional Park is a beautiful place to hike through quiet woodlands and a portion of the Potomac Heritage Trail (PHT) along the river. Take an easy loop hike through the park, or extend your mileage by continuing beyond park boundaries. The PHT continues south into Riverbend Park and on to Great Falls.

Seneca Regional Park hike details.

Lake Anne Brew House patio view Reston

Lake Anne Brew House patio view Reston

 

When you’re ready for a rest, the Lake Anne Brew House in Reston is just 20 minutes away. The nanobrew has a comfortable porch with nice views of Lake Anne and Reston’s original neighborhood plaza. Inside, the space is small but sleek and comfortable. Flagship, Reston-inspired beers like Reston Red and Simon’s Stout share the taps with seasonal and special releases. If you’re hungry, several restaurants surround the plaza.

Map: Seneca Park to Lake Anne Brew House

4. Eagle Point and Winchester Brew Works, Winchester

Eagle Point Overlook Winchester VA

Eagle Point Overlook Winchester VA

 

An official side-trail of the AT, the blue-blazed Tuscarora Trail hugs a stretch of the Virginia / West Virginia border that leads to an incredible view from Eagle Point. It’s just 1.5 miles to the viewpoint, but hikers can extend the distance by continuing to a later turn-around point. If you stick to the 3 mile out-and-back, allow time to soak in the view before your descent.

Winchester Walking Mall Virginia

Old Town Winchester Virginia

 

After the hike, it’s off to Winchester for beer from one of three craft breweries in the downtown area. Winchester Brew Works is a woman-owned nanobrewery with 9 taps and a constantly changing beer rotation. The tap room at Alesatian Brewing is right in the pedestrian Old Town area, a fun place for dining, shopping, and history. Escutcheon Brewing is the third in-town taproom, pouring a diverse line-up from 10 taps.

Read more about Winchester and the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Map: Eagle Point to Winchester Brew Works

5. Big Schloss or Tibbet Knob and Woodstock Brewhouse, Woodstock

Big Schloss Summit

Big Schloss Summit

 

For a truly gorgeous, nearly 360 view it’s hard to beat Big Schloss. The first .7 miles is very steep and rocky, then the trail levels out on a ridge with great views. A final climb up a spur trail leads to the open, rocky summit. During the fall, foliage views from the summit are absolutely outstanding. For more mileage, add on a hike to the Tibbet Knob summit, accessed from the Wolf Gap Campground parking area.

Big Schloss hike and Tibbet Knob hike details.

Woodstock Brew House Northern Shenandoah Valley

Woodstock Brew House, Northern Shenandoah Valley Virginia

 

In the center of town, Woodstock Brewhouse, offers a nice selection of Virginia craft beer along with huge pretzels and tasty flatbread pizzas. The open space is hopping on Thursday nights when live music amps up the volume and the energy.

Map: Big Schloss to Woodstock Brewhouse

Hike and Beer Day Trip Tips

The trails on our hike and beer day trip list range from easy to moderately challenging (at least for casual hikers like us). Two trails are family friendly woodland walks, and three are steeper hikes to incredible views.

Brewery and taproom hours vary widely, with many smaller businesses closed early in the week, Follow the links for schedules, beers lists, and special events. If you plan to hike with a four-legged friend, note that the health code prohibits dogs in taprooms. Fortunately, many craft breweries have expansive outdoor patios that welcome pets.

Prefer wine over beer? Check out our list of 5 hike and wine day trips.

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These 5 hike and beer day trips pair the great outdoors with Virginia's thriving craft brewery scene, exploring trails and taprooms near Washington DC.

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12 Responses to “5 Virginia Hike and Beer Day Trips Near Washington DC”

  1. Lifestyle Hunter April 8, 2017 at 10:11 am #

    Awesome! I didn’t know about the hike and beer day trips but they sound like a great idea. I specially liked the Big Schloss, the pictures are awesome and it would be great to enjoy the beer. Next time I’m going to Washington I’ll take it!
    Thanks,
    Pilar
    http://thelifestylehunter.com

    • Fun in Fairfax VA April 8, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

      The views from Big Schloss are truly amazing. Hope you have a chance to get there Pilar!

  2. Brenda, Andrew & B (@DishOurTown) April 8, 2017 at 11:16 am #

    I like the idea of combining beer tastings and hiking, it’s a good way to burn off the calories. Big Schloss has a breathtaking view, would love to visit soon.

    • Fun in Fairfax VA April 8, 2017 at 5:57 pm #

      Yes, someone the beer tastes even colder and better after a nice hike. Of course, we’re pretty happy with beer any time. 🙂

  3. Passports and Pigtails April 8, 2017 at 12:02 pm #

    Anytime you combine hiking and craft brew, we will be all over it! We have not yet been to Washington, but I’m happy hear there is so much to offer in the way of natural exploration as well! The Raven Rocks hike sound challenging, but so worth it!

    • Fun in Fairfax VA April 8, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

      Have to agree with you there! I hope you get to Washington DC some time, and when you do, make time to visit Virginia. 🙂

  4. Jenn and Ed Coleman April 8, 2017 at 12:06 pm #

    I end up going to DC about three times a year for meetings so having day trip options is great. It’s wonderful to see that there is so much going on in the area. The craft beer scene seems to really be picking up.

    • Fun in Fairfax VA April 8, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

      That’s great! I know it can be hard to work fun in when your trip is for meetings, but Virginia is a great option for a fun day trip. The craft beer scene here is growing like crazy and we’re known for our wineries too. 🙂

  5. sherianne April 9, 2017 at 1:58 am #

    What a great idea! I’m not a big hiker but it would be much easier to persuade me with this kind of a payoff!

    • Fun in Fairfax VA April 9, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

      I hear you Sherianne, hiking isn’t for everyone. You could always skip the hike and straight to the brews. 🙂

  6. knycx April 10, 2017 at 12:22 am #

    Thanks for introducing some options around DC and nice photos and scenery 🙂 Nice beer from the brewery, too. Would love to try it!

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