Shining Rock wilderness is really great for a day hike, but in my experience, it can be a bit tough to get the best camping spots for backpacking on crowded weekends. I think that the spur from the Blue Ridge Parkway up over Black Balsam Knob makes a great day hike with unparalleled exposed views. My favorite in the region.
- Lake Julia - Dupont State Forest
- Lake Imaging, Thomas Cemetery and Grassy Creek Falls Tour - Dupont State Forest
- High Falls and Triple Falls Tour - Dupont State Forest