Walking or hiking around local trails is a great way to get some exercise and spend some time disconnected from technology and the stressors of daily life. Try hitting one of these Roanoke-area nature trails and hikes this weekend!
McAfee Knob is thought to be one of the most photographed parts of the Appalachian Trail, and it’s not hard to see why! This challenging-but-rewarding hike summits to a 270-degree panoramic view of the surrounding mountains that will take your breath away, especially as fall approaches and the leaves begin to change color. McAfee Knob is six miles round-trip, and many folks enjoy a picnic at the top to make the trip even more worth the effort.
The Peaks of Otter have several incredible trail options, but the Sharp Top trail offers some of the most stunning views of the Blue Ridge. This hike summits to a 360-degree view of the ridgeline, the lake, and the Peaks of Otter Lodge. Plus, there’s plenty of spots to sit and take a breather while you enjoy the view.
Roaring Run Trail
This trail combines the history of Botetourt County with exciting outdoor adventure – is there a better way to spend a weekend? While exploring Roaring Run Trail you’ll see rushing waterfalls, a historic iron ore furnace, and some truly gorgeous views.
Waid Recreation Park
If you’re looking for a more laid back walk, there are over seven miles of trails at Waid Recreation Park that wind through the rivers and hillsides of Franklin County. The park also provides access to the Upper Pigg River Blueway as well as nearby picnic shelters and ballfields.
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Mill Mountain Star Trail
Ever wondered why Roanoke has been nicknamed “The Star City of the South”? You can find out on this gorgeous hike. At the top of the trail, you’ll find the world’s largest freestanding illuminated star. This Roanoke icon lights up the mountain every night. Fun fact: the star is formed by over 2,000 feet of neon tubing!
There are so many more beautiful hikes to explore around Roanoke, VA. Which will you tackle first?