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Roanoke Hiking Trails

Hiking Trails in Virginia's Blue Ridge

Man with Dog - Hiking TrailsReady for a walk in the woods? There are more than 600 miles of hiking trails in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge, including the Appalachian Trail, offering everything from easy strolls to challenging climbs.

Come discover why Virginia's Blue Ridge was named a "Top Trail Town" by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine!

After all, we're always ready for a walk on the wild side in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

You can experience the incredible views from the top of McAfee Knob or Sharp Top Mountain at the Peaks of Otter.

Or, you can climb to the top of Roanoke on the Mill Mountain Star Trail, which leads to the Roanoke Star & Overlook, providing you the chance to look out over the Roanoke Valley.

With the variety of trails in Virginia's Blue Ridge, you have options for hiking to a summit that provides any type of view - city skyline, pristine waters of a lake, reservoir, waterfall or river, stunning mountain vistas, or the peaceful Virginia countryside.

You'll have to experience it to truly believe it.

Grab your pack and a camera. Between the trails, wildlife, and the stunning views, there's no telling what will take your breath away.

You can also check out our list of 10 Great Trails and see a complete list of hiking trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. 

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Appalachian Trail

  • Phone: (304) 535-6278

Appalachian Trail - Overnight Backpacking Loop

  • Catawba Valley Drive
  • Catawba, VA 24070
  • Region: I-81

Apple Orchard Falls Trail

  • Buchanan, VA 24066
  • Region: I-81

Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking and Wildlife

  • Phone: (540) 767-2490
  • Region: Blue Ridge Parkway

Bottom Creek Gorge

  • Bent Mountain, VA 24059
  • Region: Blue Ridge Parkway

Buck Mountain Trail

  • Buck Mountain Overlook
  • Roanoke, VA 24018
  • Region: Blue Ridge Parkway

Carvins Cove Natural Reserve

  • 9644 Reservoir Road
  • Roanoke, VA 24019
  • Phone: (540) 563-9170
  • Region: North Roanoke

Chestnut Ridge Trail

  • Mill Mountain Parkway
  • Roanoke, VA 24014
  • Region: Blue Ridge Parkway

Claytor Lake State Park

  • 6620 Ben H. Bolen Drive
  • Dublin, VA 24084
  • Phone: (540) 643-2500
  • Region: I-81

Devil's Marbleyard

  • Natural Bridge Station, VA 24579
  • Region: I-81

Dragon's Tooth

  • Catawba Valley Drive
  • Catawba, VA 24070

Explore Park

  • 3900 Rutrough Road
  • Roanoke, VA 24014
  • Region: Blue Ridge Parkway

Fairy Stone State Park

  • 967 Fairystone Lake Drive
  • Stuart, VA 24171
  • Phone: (276) 930-2424
  • Region: I-581/US 220

Franklin County Recreation Park

  • 2150 Sontag Road
  • Rocky Mount, VA 24151
  • Phone: (540) 483-9293
  • Region: I-581/US 220
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