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.