Chestnut Ridge Trail

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Uncover the unparalleled hiking experiences awaiting at Chestnut Ridge Trail, near Roanoke, VA, nestled in the breathtaking George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Offering a diverse range of trails suitable for all skill levels, from casual walkers to seasoned adventurers, this scenic haven promises an unforgettable outdoor escapade. Traverse through verdant forests, alongside bubbling streams, and ascend to awe-inspiring viewpoints showcasing sweeping vistas of the majestic mountains. Whether you're captivated by the vibrant blooms of spring or the fiery hues of autumn foliage, Chestnut Ridge Trail delights in every season. Encounter native wildlife like deer and birds amidst the tranquil wilderness, enhancing your connection with nature. With well-marked and meticulously maintained trails, navigating the terrain is effortless, allowing you to focus on soaking in the natural splendor. The trail's interconnected loops offer flexibility for hikers to tailor their journey, be it a brief day hike or an extended backpacking excursion. Convenient amenities including parking, picnic areas, and restroom facilities ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all. Experience the allure of the great outdoors at Chestnut Ridge Trail, a hidden gem awaiting your exploration amidst Virginia's pristine landscapes.

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  • Directions: Take I-581S/US 220S out of Roanoke toward Rocky Mount. Leaving Roanoke, you will see signs for entrances to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take the Parkway north and continue to Milepost 120.5. Turn right on Mill Mountain Spur Rd. and continue approximately 1 mile to the Chestnut Ridge Overlook.
  • Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate
  • Distance in Miles - Round Trip: 5.4
  • Friday Hours: Open
  • Monday Hours: Open
  • Saturday Hours: Open
  • Sunday Hours: Open
  • Thursday Hours: Open
  • Tuesday Hours: Open
  • Wednesday Hours: Open