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Explore Park - Roanoke, VA

Mountain Biking at Explore Park

Explore Park in Roanoke County features one of the best mountain biking trail systems in the Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and it also offers a variety of options for overnight lodging.

Explore Park has over 14 miles of trails, including 9 miles of purpose built bike trails, that wind through hundreds of acres of deciduous forest and along the Roanoke River.

Explore Park - Mountain Biker

The trails range from easy to moderately difficult and contain the region’s first of its kind, stacked loop system, designed by the International Mountain Bicycling Association in 1997.

Since taking over the park in 2013, Roanoke County has been working on an Adventure Plan that will include the addition of a progressive skills bike park, another first for our area.

Explore Park Biking Roanoke

Explore Park is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 115 and it can also be easily accessed from Roanoke via Rutrough Road. Another part of the Adventure Plan is the extension of the Roanoke River Greenway an additional 5 miles for a direct connection to the park, making it possible to access Explore Park from Downtown Roanoke while skipping the car ride altogether!

Explore Park also offers options for standup paddleboarding, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and camping sites & cabins for overnight lodging. Book an overnight stay at Explore Park >

Explore Park - Family Mountain Biking

Treetop Quest operates an aerial adventure course in the park, featuring zip-lines and other exciting aerial obstacles. There’s also an 18-hole disc golf course at the nearby Mayflower Hills Park.

Blue Mountain Adventures, which manages the campsites, offers rentals of tubes and kayaks for enjoying on the Roanoke River at Explore Park. You can also utilize Roanoke Mountain Adventures for gear rental services and guided trips.

Twin Creeks Brewpub is located within the park in the Historic Brugh Tavern and is a great option for post-ride food & drinks, and there are also many local options in the Town of Vinton, which is less than 15 minutes away.

Twin Creeks Brewpub - Explore Park

Explore Park Trail Map & Resources

Explore Park Trail Map - Roanoke, VARoanoke 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 designations of which trails are multi-use.

Additional Resources

Explore Park - Hours, Parking, Location

Mountain Biking - Roanoke County, Explore Park

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 mountain biking is Lot E - the Rutrough Point Lot that also offers boat access.

Explore Park Address: 56 Roanoke River Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24014

Explore Park - Nearby Food & Drink Options

Two large onion rings sit atop a cheeseburger with a side of waffle fries.

All of the following restaurants are located in the nearby town of Vinton: 

  • Macado’s - a local, family-favorite known for great sandwiches, wings, burgers, and quesadillas 
  • FarmBurguesa (pictured above) - a popular farm-to-table burger restaurant featuring a variety of unique burger creations, including toppings that highlight the Colombian heritage of the restaurant’s owners
  • New York Pizza - regularly voted one of the best spots for pizza in the region and also well-known for great subs & calzones
  • Dogwood Restaurant - a local gem for breakfast, burgers, and comfort food favorites & classic “meat and three” specials
  • La Casa del Burrito - featuring authentic Mexican food, including a variety of tacos, burritos, and tortas
  • Joe Goodpies - stop in for brick-oven pizzas, wings, burgers, and sandwiches
Roanoke Valley Spotlight

Virginia's Blue Ridge - America's East Coast Mountain Biking Capital

Check out the many available options for overnight lodging at Explore Park!

Explore Park is less than 15 minutes from the charming small town of Vinton in Roanoke County.

Virginia's Blue Ridge is the first IMBA Silver-Level Ride Center for mountain biking on the East Coast!