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Explore Park

Mountain Biking at Explore Park

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.

Explore Park - Family Mountain Biking


  • Blue Loop: A 2.11 mile loop trail that is accessible via the Yellow Trail and connects to the 1/4 mile logging road that can be used for biking.
  • Red Trail: A 1.14 mile trail in the southern portion of the park that's located near the Roanoke River. It connects to the Yellow Trail near Rutrough Point and parking lot E.
  • Yellow Trail: This 3-mile trail is the longest trail segment in the system and covers the most area in the park.

Guided Rides

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.

Hours & Parking

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.

Explore Park Trail Map

Explore Park Trail MapRoanoke 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.

What's Nearby?

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.

There's more great mountain biking just 15 minutes away at Mill Mountain Park, which also features the Roanoke Star and Mill Mountain Zoo.

Explore Park is also less than 15 minutes away from the charming Town of Vinton.

Ready for more riding? There are hundreds of miles of mountain biking trails in Virginia's Blue Ridge ready to be explored!

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