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Virginia is one of the hardest states of the USA to hitch in, particularly the Southern part of it. Nobody will stop for you, and the cops will be very nasty if you get on the freeway.


46.2-929. Pedestrians soliciting rides. Pedestrians shall not stand or stop in any roadway for the purpose of soliciting rides.

46.2-100. Definitions. "Roadway" means that portion of a highway improved, designed, or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the shoulder.

Basically, hitchhiking on the shoulder is not in violation of this statute and should be legal.


Not so difficult but definitely stay off the interstate freeways. It is legal to hitchhike on other roads. Good state for train hopping. Almost all trains lead in or out of Roanoke.

The Appalachian Mountain region of the western part of the state makes for the easiest hitching around, particularly near the Appalachian Trail where hikers regularly hitch to and from nearby towns.

"Virginia gets a bad rap for hitchhiking. But I've gotten a hitch across the road from a Prison up in the mountains. It can be done!" - Anonymous Hitchhiker

Hitching in Virginia is not nearly as bad as people seem to think. I-81 runs from the northern bit of the state all the way down almost to Asheville, North Carolina. Rides tend to be short but there are many small towns along the way with good ramps (including two college towns with younger more liberal populations) and you won't wait terribly long between rides. Scenery is beautiful. Up north, I-66 is surprisingly easy in both direction (into DC and out to the mountains.) The last exit on 66 before the junction with 81 is Front Royal; the ramps are beautiful with plenty of traffic and I've even had a couple cops drive by and just nod.

I am hitching through Virginia as I write this from Lynchburg and have had a decent experience so far. My rate of catching rides has been about equal to the national average, maybe a little better, and so far I have yet to have a police encounter. Thewindandrain 00:24, 28 August 2012 (CEST)

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