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Roanoke River Blueway

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The 45-mile Roanoke River Blueway (water trail) runs from the South Fork Roanoke River at East Montgomery County Park to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) Hardy Ford boating access at Hardy Road (634) in Bedford County at Smith Mountain Lake. The Roanoke River Blueway includes sections of the South Fork Roanoke River, Tinker Creek, and Back Creek and flows through or borders the cities of Roanoke and Salem, the counties of Montgomery, Roanoke, Bedford, and Franklin, and the Town of Vinton. The Roanoke River Blueway provides river access for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, tubing, wading, wildlife viewing, and other recreational opportunities, while connecting to numerous local parks, Roanoke River Greenway, Tinker Creek Greenway, Mill Mountain Greenway, Blue Ridge Parkway, Explore Park, and Smith Mountain Lake.

  • Directions: For an interactive river map visit: https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=7b70e779fdd24778b2f9311e1d15a8db&extent=-80.2386,37.1691,-79.7315,37.404