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Explore Park features one of the best mountain biking trail systems in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
It's located at Milepost 115 on the Blue Ridge Parkway and there are over 9 miles of trails that meander through the beautiful forest and along the Roanoke River.
As a designated site on the Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail, the trails at Explore Park offer the opportunity to ride through diverse ecosystems, including wetlands, hillsides, and wooded areas.
The park, which is operated and maintained by Roanoke County Parks, Recreation & Tourism, also features a historic area with interpretive sites and buildings, boat & paddling access to the Roanoke River, campgrounds, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center.
For a guided experience on the trails at Explore Park, consider making a reservation with Roanoke Mountain Adventures, a local outdoor outfitter that offers bike rentals and guided trips.
Explore Park is open daily. There are no set hours (general rule-of-thumb is dawn to dusk) and admission is free.
The park features five parking lots, with three (Lots A, B, & C) being located near the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center. The other parking lot most convenient for bikers is Lot E - the Rutrough Point Lot that also offers boat access.
Roanoke County Parks, Recreation & Tourism has created an excellent downloadable PDF map of the trails at Explore Park that can serve as a great resource for biking.
The map offers information about each trail and plots other key points of interest in the park, as well as restroom facilities and parking lots.
Please note the trails that are designated specifically for biking.
Explore Park is located at Milepost 115 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which has been named one of the most scenic drives in the world.
Explore Park is also less than 15 minutes away from the charming Town of Vinton.
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