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Roanoke County's Explore Park is located at Milepost 115 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The park's 1100 acres provide nature lovers the opportunity to enjoy nature’s beauty and wildlife while hiking, riding a mountain bike, or just strolling through the area. Explore over 14 miles of walking and mountain biking trails, all open to the public at no charge. Fishing, canoeing and kayaking on the Roanoke River can be accessed at the Park’s Rutrough Point at the end of Rutrough Road, or along River Walk Trail. Take a hike through the park's historic area to see dozens of reconstructed buildings reflecting the history of southwest virginia from the 1800's through the early 20th century.

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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
  • Gift Shop:
  • Restrooms:
  • Additional Information: Hours listed here are for Visitor Center seasonal operation (April - October). Park is open dawn to dusk.
Services
  • Credit Cards Accepted:
Recreation
  • Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate
  • Friday Hours: Open
  • Monday Hours: Open
  • Saturday Hours: Open
  • Sports: Hiking, Biking, Fishing, Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Sunday Hours: Open
  • Thursday Hours: Open
  • Tuesday Hours: Open
  • Wednesday Hours: Open

Campfire Program at Explore Park

Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday until Explore Park
56 Roanoke River Parkway Rd
Roanoke, VA 24014
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The Mighty Roanoke - Ranger Program

Recurring weekly on Friday until Explore Park
56 Roanoke River Parkway Rd
Roanoke, VA 24014
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Ranger Trail Hikes at Explore Park

Recurring weekly on Saturday until Explore Park
56 Roanoke River Parkway Rd
Roanoke, VA 24014
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Star Gazing with a National Park Service Ranger

Explore Park
56 Roanoke River Parkway
Roanoke, VA 24014
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Haunted Woods Mini Golf

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday until Explore Park
56 Roanoke River Parkway
Roanoke, VA 24014
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All About Bats (Ages 5+)

Explore Park Visitor's Center
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 115
Roanoke, VA 24014
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Backyard Birds (Ages 5+)

Explore Park Visitor's Center
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 115
Roanoke, VA 24014
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Flora & Fauna: Intro to Historic Uses

Explore Park Visitor's Center
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 115
Roanoke, VA 24014
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Christmas Market at Explore Park

Explore Park
56 Roanoke River Parkway
Roanoke, VA 24014
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Nature Story, Hike & Craft (Ages 5+)

Explore Park Visitor's Center
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 115
Roanoke, VA 24014
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Holiday Village at Explore Park

Explore Park
56 Roanoke River Parkway
Roanoke, VA 24014
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