Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail

Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail

Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail is a 1.8 mile cinder surface path, the only rail-trail in the Roanoke Valley’s system. Donated by Norfolk and Southern, the trail follows Kessler Mill Road and Mason Creek. The trail has numerous historical markers commemorating the Civil War skirmish at Hanging Rock. It passes an old loading platform, where coal was loaded for shipment to Catawba Hospital, and connects to the Hinchee Trail, which opened in 2019. Features include the Hanging Rock, Mason Creek, Parkway Brewing, a low water bridge and a railroad trestle bridge. The greenway is listed on Virginia’s Civil War Trails map of the Shenandoah Valley and on the western Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail Guide.

An extension of this trail to East Main Street has been designed and is funded. It will connect there to the extension of Mason Creek Greenway, which is also funded.

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Trail Facts & Figures

1.8mile
Trail
Distance
198feet
Elevation
Gain
medium
Amount
of Use
easy
Trail
Difficulty
Cinder, crushed aggregate
Surface
Type
Partially
Wheelchair
Accessible
3
Total
Trailheads
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Rules, Regulations
& Etiquette

Trail Rules

Some trails cross jurisdictions along route. Rules vary by jurisdiction.

System-Wide Rules:

  1. Yield to pedestrians.
  2. Keep to the right, pass on the left.
  3. Give an audible warning when passing.
  4. Maintain safe, courteous speeds.
  5. Keep pets on a leash.
  6. Clean up after pets.
  7. Keep the greenway trash free.
  8. No trespassing after hours.
  9. No motor vehicles.
  10. No alcohol, camping, hunting, or fires.

City of Salem Hours:

  • Hours: Dawn to dusk.

Roanoke County Hours:

  • Hours: 6 am -9 pm.

Trail jurisdiction

This trail crosses the following jurisdictions:

City of Salem Roanoke County

General Trail Etiquette

  1. Share the trail.
  2. Slow down when congested.
  3. Do not take up more than half the trail.
  4. Keep leashes short.
  5. Wear appropriate safety equipment.
  6. Step off the trail when stopping.
  7. Scoop the poop immediately.
  8. Carry trash to waste receptacles.
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