Friday, August 3, 2012

Hikes Near Roanoke VA

Roanoke Outside shares some amazing hikes just minutes from Downtown Roanoke Virginia! 

Within minutes of leaving downtown Roanoke you'll find yourself, what seems like, hundreds of miles away from anyone. Leave the asphalt, cars, and noise behind and lose yourself on one of these trails.
Bottom Creek Gorge, is 4.0-mile trail through meadows and along a river. Forming the headwaters of the Roanoke River, Bottom Creek Gorge boasts spectacular scenery: the second highest waterfall in Virginia, virgin hemlocks and hundreds of wildflowers.
Buck Mountain Trail, 1-mile trail through a lovely little forest, under oaks, maples and pines.
Carvins Cove Nature Reserve is the second largest municipal park in the nation. It holds a major water source within its 12,700 acres and overflowing recreational opportunities including hiking, biking, fishing, and boat rentals. 11,363 acres of Carvins Cove is protected by the largest conservation easement in Virginia's history. There more than 40 miles of multi-use trails.
Chestnut Ridge Trail is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a wide and well-graded path lined with mountain laurel and rhododendron. The trail offers 5.4 mile figure-eight loop trail that can be shortened to 2.5 and/or 3.4 miles. Less than 10 minutes from downtown Roanoke.
Dragon's Tooth is a unique geologic feature that consists of Tuscarora quartzite spires which outcrop on the top of Cove Mountain. The tallest "tooth" projects roughly 35 feet above the surrounding rock. The trail to Dragon's Tooth ascends steep, rugged outcrops of quartzite which form the spine of Cove Mountain and North Mountain. The spine is known as Dragon's Back. A difficult hike 4.5-mile round trip, out and back hike, Dragon's Tooth summit offers magnificent views of nearby and distant peaks year-round.
Explore Park Trail System, located off the Blue Ridge Parkway, is a 1,100-acre preserve situated along the Roanoke River Gorge with a variety of hiking options. 6+ trail options ranging from <0.5 miles to >10 miles – many of which are loop trails. Only 10 minutes from downtown Roanoke.
Greenways are open-space corridors reserved for recreational use or environmental preservation that connect urban centers. Most greenways can be found along rivers, across ridgelines and along other scenic or historic routes. These spaces often have hiking or multi-use trails, which help link Roanoke’s natural beauty to its charming neighborhoods and vibrant downtown. There are more than 30 miles of greenways throughout the Roanoke Region.
Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail, 1.7-mile trail runs alongside Mason’s Creek.
McAfee Knob is the most photographed site along the Appalachian Trail. The Knob has an almost 270-degree panorama of the Catawba Valley and North Mountain to the west, Tinker Cliffs to the north and the Roanoke Valley to the east.
Mill Mountain Park has more than 9 miles of hiking and biking trails - all within five minutes of downtown Roanoke.
North Mountain Trail, 13.2 miles total, with several shorter loop options. Outstanding views.
Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve protects the world's largest population of the globally rare shrub Piratebushpiratebush, which is restricted to only a handful of sites in the mountains of Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. A 0.75 and 3.8 mile trail will wind you through the preserve.
Read Mountain is a 243-acre Roanoke County park. It is a ~1.9-mile (3.8 round trip) out/back trail from the parking lot to the Buzzard Rocks summit. This is a moderately difficult hike and you are rewarded with a spectacular view of the valley.
Tinker Cliffs (Andy Layne Trail), difficult trail with creeks and intriguing rock formations. Connects to Appalachian Trail. Great views from Tinker Cliffs.
Tinker Ridge/Hay Rock Overlook is an 8-mile round trip, out and back hike that ascends Tinker Ridge providing the most spectacular views of  Carvins Cove and the Roanoke Valley.
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