Pathfinders for Greenways 2021 Newsletter Dear Greenway Supporters,      It has been a few years since we connected through this newsletter. During that time and despite the pandemic, much has transpired on the Roanoke Valley Greenways.  Our Greenway Partners have made several new connections: Barnhardt Bridge connecting the Cities of Salem and Roanoke for […]

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20K for the Greenway, June 10th

Come out and support the Greenways by participating in this family-friendly event. Sponsored by Cardinal Bicycles, Pathfinders for Greenways, PedalSafe ROA and the City of Roanoke’s Parks and Recreation Department, this ride is designed to give casual riders a non-competitive event experience and to support the organizations that make the Greenways possible. More details can […]

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AEP Foundation Awards $30,000 for a New Roanoke Valley Greenways Website

(December 4, 2019) A new Roanoke Valley Greenways (RVG) website is coming soon thanks to a grant from the American Electric Power Foundation. At the December 4th Joint Meeting of the Greenway Commission and Pathfinders for Greenways, Appalachian Power presented a check on behalf of the AEP Foundation for $30,000 to “power” the development of […]

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Bridge St Section of Roanoke River to open July 28th! Join us for the Ribbon Cutting!

The long awaited “Bridge the Gap” section of the Roanoke River Greenway in the City of Roanoke, connecting the current Bridge St Trailhead with the section along Aerial Way, will open officially at 10am on July 28th. The public is invited to join in the celebration, there will be coffee and snacks as well as […]

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Brief closure of a section of Roanoke River Greenway this Wednesday

As AEP continues to work on upgrading their equipment, there will need to be another temporary closure and detour of the Roanoke River Greenway. This Wednesday, 1/26, the closure will be in the vicinity of the Walnut Avenue Bridge. Greenway users will be routed on to neighborhood roads from 6am to 6pm to avoid the […]

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Celebrate Over 100 Miles of Trails on NPLD

Note, the trail work portion of this event has been cancelled due to heavy rain. But the celebration at Star Hill is still on at noon. Pathfinders For Greenways is proud to take part in the National Public Lands Day event that the City of Roanoke Parks and Recreation is hosting on Saturday the 23rd. […]

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Clean Valley Day Clean Up On Tinker and Glade Creek Greenways, April 9th

Come join us for a litter clean up on the Greenway April 9th from 9 until noon. We will be meeting at the Dale Ave SE Trailhead for Tinker Creek Greenway. Wear clothes you can get dirty and sturdy shoes, bring water, and we will provide the rest. Any questions please contact Frank Maguire.

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Crystal Spring Trail Closed until December 1

Crystal Spring Trail is in Mill Mountain Trail system. The trail is closed in order for Roanoke Gas to run a high pressure larger line from Ivy down to Carilion. If all goes well, it will be done by December 1st.

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Detour on Roanoke River Greenway *UPDATE*

UPDATE: Work completed! Starting August 28th, there will be a detour on the Roanoke River Greenway at the Bennington Rd Trailhead. Access to the trailhead itself will be limited and users wishing to continue on ( or are coming from) towards the Sewage Treatment Plant will be routed onto Bennington Rd near the Shell Gas […]

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High water forces temporary closure of Roanoke River Greenway and Tinker Creek

Due to the rain and the forecast for more in the coming days, the section of the Roanoke River Greenway that parallels Wiley Drive between Wasena and the second low water bridge will be closed from today, Tuesday May 24th until further notice. Tinker Creek Greenway is also flooded near Dale Ave and near Kenwood, […]

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Key property acquired for Roanoke River Greenway segment

Roanoke City Council approved on December 21, 2020 the acquisition of right-of-way across Walker Foundry for the Roanoke River Greenway. This will allow the City to move forward on “bridging the gap”, connecting the greenway at Bridge Street to the greenway near the Materials Yard off Aerial Way. Construction is expected to begin in about […]

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National Public Lands Day, September 17th

Join Roanoke County and fellow trail enthusiasts at Explore Park for a day of giving back to our public lands. The project will be to reroute a section of the Yellow Trail between Chestnut Ridge Road and the Blue Ridge Bike Park. We will be constructing about 700 feet of new bench cut trail and […]

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New Striping on Roanoke River Greenway

There is a new yellow center line on the most heavily used sections of Roanoke River Greenway, from Memorial Avenue to Piedmont Park. Remember: travel on the right, pass on the left. Notify those in front of you when you need to pass.

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Pathfinders For Greenways 2022 Newsletter

Dear Greenway Supporters,      As we emerge from the pandemic restrictions, it has been great fun to be involved in community events that have helped raise funds for Pathfinders.  Volunteers from Pathfinders have helped staff the Blue Ridge Marathon concert, Iron Man, Amateur Road National Championships, and most recently, the inaugural 20k for the […]

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Pathfinders for Greenways 2023 Newsletter

Dear Greenway Supporters,      I hope all of you joined us in celebrating the long-awaited completion of the “Bridge the Gap” section of the Greenway linking Salem and Roanoke City with over 9 continuous miles.  We are using $172,500 of prior Bridge the Gap donations to support Roanoke City in constructing a parking lot […]

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Rains bring multiple closures of the Greenway on February 13th.

An Update from Roanoke City Parks and Recreation – We got a lot of rain yesterday in the valley and surrounding mountains. This morning the Roanoke River is 5,000cfs, highest we have been since May 2022. With that, we are underwater in the following areas and will clean up debris once the water recedes. We […]

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Repaving completed on eastern end of Roanoke River Greenway.

The City of Roanoke’s Parks and Recreation Department has completed the repaving of the Roanoke River Greenway from the the Bridge at Bennington Road to the Shell Station. This project was necessitated by the growth of invasive trees along the greenways, which had buckled the pavement. The Pathfinders’ Midweek Crew helped city staff remove the […]

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Roanoke City to detour Roanoke River Greenway in Wasena beginning Monday, April 29th.

The Greenway Commission was notified this afternoon (Friday, April 26th) that the Greenway underneath the Wasena Bridge will be closed beginning on April 29th for the duration of the construction. The project is expected to take between two and three years. A detour has been marked by the city, but Greenway users should use extreme […]

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Roanoke County seeks input on Roanoke River Greenway to Green Hill Park by May 10th

Roanoke County held a community meeting to discuss the progress of the Roanoke River Greenway between the current end in Salem and Green Hill Park on April 11th. If you were unable to make it to the meeting, the county has a survey seeking input from the community, open until May 10th. Project details and […]

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Roanoke County to hold meetings on potential for West Roanoke River Greenway

Roanoke County is conducting a Feasibility Study for the Roanoke River Greenway between Green Hill Park and Montgomery County. This proposed extension of the Greenway has long been a goal of the Greenway Commission and has appeared on every vision map since the first Greenway Plan was adopted. This section has gotten some new energy […]

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Roanoke River Greenway in Salem to be temporarily closed

Beginning today, January 9th, and lasting until late February, The Roanoke River Greenway near the Moyer Sports Complex will be closed as the City of Salem continues construction to the facility. We’ll update the site when the trail is re-opened. Thank you for your patience.

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Roanoke River Greenway Repaving!

If you have traveled on the Roanoke River Greenway near the Bennington Rd Trailhead, you have undoubtedly noticed the pavement has risen up in several sections, making for a jarring, possibly dangerous surface. These pavement heaves are caused by the adjacent invasive trees, whose roots have grown under the pavement in search of water. Beginning […]

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Roanoke Valley Greenway Coordinator Announces Retirement

Roanoke, VA, May 13, 2021 – Liz Belcher will retire in August as the Roanoke Valley Greenway Coordinator after 25 years. Liz began working as coordinator in 1996 when the Greenway Steering Committee was a fledgling organization at the Fifth Planning District Commission. The regional Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission was formally established in 1997 by […]

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Salem temporarily closes Roanoke River Greenway through Moyer Sports Complex

In order to put the finishing touches on the soon to be re-opened Moyer Sports Complex, The City of Salem has closed the Roanoke River Greenway through the area. The grand opening celebration is slated to happen on July 8th, at which time Greenway users will have access to a host of new amenities and […]

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Support the Greenways through Roanoke Gives

The Annual Roanoke Gives Fundraising Campaign is this Wednesday, April 19th. Pathfinders for greenways is participating, so if you would like to see the Greenways throughout the Roanoke Valley continue to grow and thrive, please consider giving this week. You can find more information here.

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Take the survey to Support the East Roanoke River Greenway

Help complete the East Roanoke River Greenway! Roanoke County and VDOT are working on the potential future alignment of the Greenway from Roanoke City to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Funding for this project is dependent on demonstrated community support, so the more people we can get to take the survey and say “yes, I want […]

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Temporary closure of Roanoke River Greenway Section – UPDATE

The work has been completed and the Greenway is now open. AEP will being doing utility work in the area where the Roanoke River Greenway goes under Jefferson St SW, near the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, necessitating a closure and detour. Greenway Users can follow Wiley Dr. under the Norfolk Southern bridge and return to […]

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Wolf Creek Greenway closed at Route 24 Bridge

UPDATE: as of 1/26, the underpass was re-opened. Due to the need for emergency repairs related to an accident, The Wolf Creek Greenway underpass of Route 24 will be temporarily closed as of January 2nd, 2024. Repair work will begin shortly and should be completed by January 26th, 2024.

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