7 Virginia Hike and Wine Day Trips Close to Washington DC

A Virginia hike and wine day trip combines two of our favorite things—a chance to get out and enjoy nature, and a relaxing and delicious glass of local wine. Our updated and expanded list of hike and wine trips in Northern Virginia make a perfect outing for residents and visitors in the Washington DC area.

1.  Sky Meadows State Park and Aspen Dale Winery

Piedmont Overlook fall view Sky Meadows State Park
Piedmont Overlook fall view Sky Meadows State Park

You’ll find open fields, wooded hills, and beautiful views when you hike the trails at Sky Meadows State Park. A 4-mile loop hike culminates in a gorgeous view of the valley from the Piedmont Overlook Trail. The park includes 17 miles of trails, a segment of the Appalachian Trail and a 1-mile interpretive trail, so you can choose your level of difficulty.

Aspen Dale Winery in Delaplane Virginia
Aspen Dale Winery in Delaplane Virginia

After your hike, there are several great wineries nearby. Take a short drive south for a relaxed glass of wine on the back patio or inside the barn at Aspen Dale Winery. This is one of our favorite wineries to visit in the winter because they have a cozy fireplace surrounded by comfy seating inside.

If you have beer lovers in your group, head to Barrel Oak Winery and Farm Taphouse. Enjoy your wine and beer by the fireplace, or head outside for vineyard and mountains views. In the fall, you can combine your hike and wine outing with apple picking at nearby Valley View Farm.

Craft beer flight and a glass of wine at Barrel Oak Winery and Taphouse in Delaplane VA
Sample craft beer and wine at Barrel Oak Winery and Taphouse, Delaplane VA

There are several other wineries near Sky Meadows, including Arterra, Delaplane Cellars, Naked Mountain, and Three Fox Vineyards.

Sky Meadows State Park hike details.

2. Bull Run – Occoquan Trail and Paradise Springs Winery

Bull Run - Occoquan Trail Clifton Virginia
Bull Run – Occoquan Trail Clifton Virginia

If you’re looking for a hike and winery near DC, this combination makes an ideal day trip. A nice segment of the Bull Run – Occoquan Trail begins on Yates Farm Road in Clifton, and follows Bull Run (a run is a stream) in either direction.  The path next to the water has some rocky sections, but is a level, easy hike that’s also good for kids.

Outside seating Paradise Springs
Outside seating Paradise Springs Winery, Clifton Virginia

This trail segment has the distinct advantage of ending right next to lovely Paradise Springs Winery, the closest winery to Washington DC. Celebrate your walk in the woods with a nice glass of wine on the front patio, huge lawn, picnic tables by the vineyard, in the tasting room, or on the enclosed back porch. Extend your outing with a walk around quaint and historic downtown Clifton, which has great restaurants, shops, and historic sites to check out.

Bull Run – Occoquan Trail hike details.

3. Manassas National Battlefield and The Winery at Bull Run

Manassas Battlefield loop hike
Cannons on the Manassas Battlefield loop hike

Cooler days are perfect for hiking the open fields of Manassas National Battlefield, where you can immerse yourself in the details of two important Civil War battles. We enjoy the 5-mile First Manassas loop, but shorter hikes are available from the Visitor Center and the old Stone Bridge.

Historic Winery at Bull Run
The Winery at Bull Run, Manassas Virginia

After your hike, continue your history lesson with a stop at The Winery at Bull Run. Picnickers gathered here to watch the Battle of First Manassas unfold, and some even became caught up in the action. There is plenty of space and seating inside and out, including a separate outdoor area for families with children.

Manassas Battlefield hike details.

4. Balls Bluff Battlefield and Winery at Lost Creek, Leesburg

Balls Bluff Battlefield Trail
Balls Bluff Battlefield Trail

The first Civil War engagement in Loudoun County took place at Balls Bluff. The park has an excellent interpretive trail that explains how the battle unfolded. Other trails include sometimes steep, wooded hikes to the river and a segment of the Potomac Heritage Trail. Nearby Red Rock Wilderness Overlook also offers wooded hiking along a bluff and down to the Potomac River.

Lost Creek Winery Leesburg
Lost Creek Winery, Leesburg

After your hike through history, relax at one of several Leesburg wineries east of route 15. We like the Winery at Lost Creek for it’s quiet setting, and the comfy seats under a vine-draped pergola in front of the tasting barn. Other options in the area include Fabioli Cellars, which pairs savory and sweet bites with their tastings, and Tarara Winery, which has a nice patio in the treetops. The route to all of these wineries is one of our recommended scenic drives in Northern Virginia.

Balls Bluff hike details.

5. Bull Run Mountains and Winery at La Grange, Haymarket

Chapman's Mill, Bull Run Mountains
Chapman’s Mill, Bull Run Mountains

The Bull Run Mountains are the most easterly mountain chain in the Virginia Piedmont. Explore the unique nature and history of the area at the Bull Run Mountains Nature Conservancy. While a beautiful overlook hike was closed in early 2015, there are still several miles of easy hiking trails available. There are some interesting historic sites along the lower trails, including an old mill house, cemetery, and quarry trench. On weekends, you can explore the dramatic ruin of Chapman’s Mill (aka Beverly Mill), thought to be the tallest stacked stone building in the United States.

Winery at La Grange yard Haymarket Virginia
Winery at La Grange, Haymarket Virginia

Nearby, the Winery at La Grange  is a lovely setting with a restored 1790s manor house tasting room. Enjoyed a glass of wine on Adirondack chairs facing the vineyard or gather your group at picnic tables, the outdoor tasting bar, or the stone fireplace. Down the hill, families have room to play catch and corn hole, with plenty of space for the kids to run around. Indoors, another tasting bar, an enclosed sun porch, and reportedly haunted basement offer space for cooler days.

6. Bears Den Overlook and Bluemont Winery

Relaxing during a Bears Den Overlook hike in Bluemont VA
Relaxing during a Bears Den Overlook hike in Bluemont VA

The Bear’s Den Overlook is one of the most beautiful and easy to reach viewpoints in Northern Virginia. Take the half-mile steep trail to the overlook, park in the day use area for an easy stroll to the rocks, or extend your hike on the Appalachian Trail. This is a great hike for families, and it gets busy on nice weekends. The nearby Raven Rocks hike offers a more challenging stretch of the Appalachian Trail to another gorgeous viewpoing.

Bluemont Vineyards view
Bluemont Vineyards view

Bluemont Vineyards is just a short drive from the Bear’s Den hike. They make a great hike and wine combo because the overlook gives a westward view, and the winery gives an eastward view, from the same ridge. When the sky is clear, you can see the buildings of Tysons Corner from the porch at Bluemont. Beer drinkers can head next to neighboring Dirt Farm Brewing, owned by the same family and with the same awesome view. In the fall, you’ll find extra family fun at the pumpkin patch at Great Country Farms. There are several great places to eat, drink, and shop in nearby Purcellville.

7. Neabsco Creek Boardwalk and Effingham Winery

Neabsco Creek Boardwalk Trail winds over the wetlands in Prince William County Virginia
Neabsco Creek Boardwalk Trail winds over the wetlands in Prince William County Virginia

The Neabsco Creek Boardwalk is one of the newest trails in Northern Virginia and it’s perfect for an easy hike. The 3/4-mile long boardwalk winds above the wetlands along Occoquan Bay in Woodbridge Virginia. This is a great destination for bird-watching, and you can extend your hike at nearby Prince William Forest.

Effingham Manor Winery porch is especially beautiful in fall
Effingham Manor Winery porch in Nokesville VA

You’ll find Effingham Winery a short and scenic drive west of the boardwalk, in Nokesville. This is an adults only winery, housed in an historic manor house. Relax in two tasting bars and several rooms in the manor house, or a separate tasting barn that opens on weekends. On a nice fall day, you can’t beat the lovely porch surrounded by colorful maple trees.

Neabsco Creek Boardwalk hike details. Find more great hikes in 6 Beautiful Boardwalk Hikes in Northern Virginia.

More Northern VA Wine Country Hiking Trips

Here are a few more ideas for hike and wine outings in Northern Virginia:

Great Falls Park and Fairfax County Wineries

While there are no wineries next to Great Falls Park, two Fairfax County vineyards are not so far away. The Winery at Bull Run and Paradise Winery are both about 27 miles away from Great Falls (see info on each winery above). Great Falls Park hike details.

Burke Lake Park and Paradise Springs

This is a family-friendly wine combination, perfect for a wine and hike trip with kids. The 4.5-mile trail around Burke Lake is level, and the park also offers mini-golf, a train, and a carousel in season. Paradise Springs has a large kid-friendly field and you can bring your own picnic. Note that kids are not allowed on the back porch, where bands perform on weekends. Burke Lake hike details.

 

Calling all craft beer lovers! Plan your perfect outing with our guide to Virginia Hike and Beer Day Trips Near Washington DC Do you have a favorite Virginia hike and wine day trip that’s not on our list? Please share your tips in the comments below.

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Our expanded list of Virginia hike and wine day trips close to Washington DC offers active fun on local trails, and a relaxing visit to Virginia wineries.

These 5 Virginia hike and wine day trips close to Washington DC combine two favorite things—a chance to enjoy nature, and a delicious glass of local wine.

This article was published in 2016 and updated in 2019.

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