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Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Explore Park near Roanoke, VA, offers unparalleled wildlife viewing and birding opportunities. Spanning 1,100 acres of diverse habitats, including forests, streams, and meadows, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Explore Park's well-maintained trails wind through pristine landscapes, providing optimal vantage points for observing a variety of bird species in their natural habitat. From vibrant songbirds to majestic raptors, the park's rich biodiversity ensures memorable wildlife encounters year-round. Situated along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Explore Park serves as a vital migratory route and seasonal home for numerous bird species. Whether you're a seasoned birder or a novice adventurer, the park's tranquil setting and stunning vistas promise an immersive wildlife experience like no other. Embark on a journey of discovery at Explore Park near Roanoke, VA, where the beauty of nature awaits at every turn. Whether you're seeking solace in the wilderness or marveling at the wonders of avian life, this hidden gem invites you to explore and connect with the natural world.

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Directions
  • Directions: Roanoke County's Explore Park is located at Milepost 115 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Things to Do
  • Monday Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Tuesday Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Wednesday Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Friday Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Admission Rates: $0
  • Credit Card Types Accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Discover
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  • Additional Information: Hours listed here are for Visitor Center seasonal operation (April - October). Park is open dawn to dusk.
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Accommodations
  • Miles to airport: 11
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  • Total Number of Rooms: 11
  • Pet Policy: Some cabins/yurts are pet friendly
  • Points of Interest Nearby: Located within Explore Park, home to Treetop Quest aerial adventure course, Twin Creeks Brewpub, 14 miles of hiking/biking trails and river frontage.
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  • Additional Information: Don's Cab-Inns Campground at Explore Park offers small pod-cabins, yurts and RV spaces
General Facility Information
  • Additional Information: Disc Golf, mtn. biking, hiking
Recreation
  • Additional Information: Explore Park is home to Treetop Quest aerial adventure course, a disc golf course, seasonal river tubing, and 14 miles of hiking/biking trails.
  • Credit Card Types Accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Discover
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  • Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate
  • Friday Hours: Open
  • Monday Hours: Open (Visitor Center closed M-Tu in Winter)
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  • Saturday Hours: Open
  • Sports: Hiking, Biking, Fishing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Aerial Adventure, Disc Golf
  • Sunday Hours: Open
  • Thursday Hours: Open
  • Tuesday Hours: Open (Visitor Center closed M-Tu in Winter)
  • Wednesday Hours: Open