Blue Ridge Parkway Trails

The Blue Ridge Parkway has paralleling trails in the Roanoke region for hiking and horseback riding. These trails are managed by the National Park Service and are not open to bicycles. There are four distinct sections: Horse Trail, a 11-mile trail for equestrians and hikers, from Stewarts Knob Overlook MP 110.6 to MP 121.4 at […]

Trail Details

Trail Distance:
17 mile
Amount of Use:
light
Trail Difficulty:
easy
Surface Type:
Natural

Carvins Cove Natural Reserve Trails

Carvins Cove is a 12,000 acre watershed, protecting a 630-acre reservoir, used for the region’s drinking water. The Western Virginia Water Authority manages the reservoir and boat landing access; Roanoke Parks and Recreation manages the 12,000 acres and 60 miles of trails. The trails are managed for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, with some […]

Trail Details

Trail Distance:
60 mile
Amount of Use:
medium
Trail Difficulty:
varied
Surface Type:
Natural

Catawba Greenway

Catawba Greenway is a hiking loop connecting the Appalachian Trail to the Catawba community. On the south side of Rt. 311, there is a one mile trail going from the AT to a bridge across Catawba Creek and a connection to Rt. 311. After crossing Rt. 311, a hiker can proceed to the Catawba Community […]

Trail Details

Trail Distance:
0.8 mile
Amount of Use:
light
Trail Difficulty:
medium
Surface Type:
Natural

Explore Park Trails

Explore Park is 1,100 acres managed by Roanoke County as an adventure park. Adjacent to Roanoke River and the Blue Ridge Parkway, the park offers paddling and tubing, a Treetop Ropes Course, camping in cabins or tents, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. The trails provide opportunity to hike and mountain bike in the cool woods […]

Trail Details

Trail Distance:
14 mile
Amount of Use:
medium
Trail Difficulty:
medium
Surface Type:
Natural and gravel

Green Hill Park Trails

Green Hill Park is 224 acres on the Roanoke River with ballfields, a paved section of Roanoke River Greenway, a river access spot, a handicapped fishing pier, picnic shelters, a playground, and an equestrian center. Hidden away on the hillside are the Green Hill Park trails. These natural surface trails provide the opportunity to hike […]

Trail Details

Trail Distance:
1.9 mile
Amount of Use:
medium
Trail Difficulty:
medium
Surface Type:
Natural

Havens Wildlife Management Area Trails

Havens Wildlife Management Area is a 7,190 acre preserve managed by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. This is very steep, rugged terrain that has two fire roads and several very steep trails. The land is managed for hunting, but is open also for hiking and horseback riding. Public parking is available from two parking […]

Trail Details

Trail Distance:
20.3 mile
Amount of Use:
light
Trail Difficulty:
hard
Surface Type:
Natural

Hinchee Trail

Hinchee Trail is a 2.1 mile trail, connecting Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail to Brushy Mountain Trail at Carvins Cove. The trail starts at the parking lot on Dutch Oven Road, ascends a short section of paved, private driveway (no parking allowed), and then connects to a natural surface woods road. The trail and 235-acre park […]

Trail Details

Trail Distance:
2.1 mile
Amount of Use:
medium
Trail Difficulty:
medium
Surface Type:
Natural surface

Mill Mountain Greenway

Mill Mountain Greenway is a 3.3 mile paved route connecting downtown to the Mill Mountain Star. The greenway officially begins at the Wells Fargo Tower, tying into Lick Run Greenway and providing continuous greenway connectivity across the valley. The route weaves through the market area using existing sidewalks and streets, then follows an off-road sidewalk […]

Trail Details

Trail Distance:
3.28 mile
Amount of Use:
light
Trail Difficulty:
medium
Surface Type:
Paved

Mill Mountain Trails

The Mill Mountain trail network provides 10 miles of natural surface trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding within the 600-acre Mill Mountain Park. Trails are accessible from the Discovery Center and Mill Mountain Star on top of the mountain, from a parking lot on Riverland Road, and from several neighborhood streets. Fern Park […]

Trail Details

Trail Distance:
10 mile
Amount of Use:
medium
Trail Difficulty:
varied
Surface Type:
Natural surface

Poor Mountain Preserve Trails

Poor Mountain Preserve is a 933-acre site managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Division to protect the globally rare piratebush. This shrub has brilliant yellow leaves in fall and a green fruit that is a drupe. The Preserve has 3.4 miles of natural surface trails, with overlooks and benches, but the parking lot is quite […]

Trail Details

Trail Distance:
3.4 mile
Amount of Use:
light
Trail Difficulty:
hard
Surface Type:
Natural

Read Mountain Trails

Read Mountain Preserve is a 243-acre park with 4.5 miles of natural surface trails. This “mountain island” is visible from most parts of the Roanoke Valley as a long undeveloped ridge. The trails ascend challenging terrain in dry woodlands. Parking, a picnic shelter and an overlook are provided from Crumpacker Drive. The park lands, protected […]

Trail Details

Trail Distance:
5 mile
Amount of Use:
medium
Trail Difficulty:
hard
Surface Type:
Natural surface
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