Enjoy The Last-Gasp-Of-SummerTAKE A HIKE
The surrounding mountains provide the ideal setting for scenic day hikes as well as overnight camping trips. With the Appalachian trail in our backyard and dozens of park trails, the Roanoke Region is great for hiking.
The Appalachian Trail is a 2,175-mile trail following the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine, 544 miles of which are in Virginia. Winding through the Roanoke Region, the AT offers dozens of short and long hikes, easy to strenuous. Throughout the region you can enjoy trail loops that peak at waterfalls and cliffs, always promising spectacular views. For more information, visit Appalachian Trail Virginia and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Trails.
Alleghany Trail, 330-mile trail in the Alleghany Highlands.
Apple Orchard Falls Trail ,7.5 mile trail with a 200-foot waterfall.
Balcony Falls Trail, 5.5 mile trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Bald Mountain Trail, 2.2 miles, one way trail with little traffic.
Bent Mountain Falls/Bottom Creek Gorge, 5.0 mile trail on meadows and along a river.
Buck Mountain Trail, 1 mile trail through the forest.
The Cascades, 4 mile trail with 70 ft waterfall.
Chestnut Ridge Trail, 3.5 mile trail around Roanoke Mountain.
Crabtree Falls Trail, 2.9 miles with cascading falls and scenic views.
Craig Creek Recreation Area at Oriskany, several trails with views of flora and fauna.
Devil's Marbleyard, 8.3 miles or 11.5 miles with boulder fields.
Douthat State Park Trails, dozens of hiking trails through the forests.
Dragon's Tooth, 4.6 miles with breathtaking rock perches.
Fairy Stone State Park, 4,537 acre park with hiking trails.
Falls Ridge Presence, 2 trails and a total of 5 miles.
Fenwick Mines, an old mining area with trails and a recreation park.
Flat Top, 5.2 miles at the Peaks of Otter with amazing views.
Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail, 1.7 mile trail runs alongside Mason's Creek.
Harkening Hill, 3.3 miles at the Peaks of Otter.
Hanging Rock Tower, half-hour hike with great views.
Hidden Valley, campground with several trails.
Hoop Hole, 4 mile or 9 mile loop with great views and scenery.
James River Wilderness Trail, 21.9 miles, strenuous trail overlooking the James River Water Gap.
McAfee's Knob, 7 mile trail with great views of the mountains.
North Mountain Trail, 13.2 miles with an outstanding view.
Patterson Mountain Trail, 13.1 miles with good views and wildlife.
Roanoke Mountain, 4 mile scenic loop off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Roaring Run, this hike is very easy and short.
Rock Castle Gorge, 10.6 miles with open vistas and rolling creeks.
Sharp Top, strenuous 1.5 mile one way trail at the Peaks of Otter.
Smart View, Appalachian Trail loop in Catawba.
Smith Mountain Lake, miles of hiking trails.
Tinker Cliffs, difficult trail with creeks and intriguing rock formations.
Article from http://www.roanoke.org/hiking
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