Virginia's Blue Ridge - COVID-19 & Forward Virginia: Phase One

As it continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth of Virginia is now in Forward Virginia: Phase One of its response program. We've created a special page with more information about Phase One Guidelines and what it means for local businesses and experiences in Virginia's Blue Ridge. See the Guidelines >


Roanoke Hiking

Hiking in Virginia's Blue Ridge

Ready for a walk in the woods? There are more than 600 miles of hiking trails in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge, including the Appalachian Trail, offering everything from easy strolls to challenging climbs.

Come discover why Virginia's Blue Ridge was named "Best Trail Town" by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine!

After all, we're always ready for a walk on the wild side in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

UPDATE: Due to the impact of COVID-19, many of the most popular trails in Virginia's Blue Ridge have seen an increase in hikers as people look for ways to enjoy outdoor activities. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is asking people to stay off the Appalachian Trail and we encourage you to consider alternative hiking options from traditional favorites like the Triple Crown and Mill Mountain Park, such as these suggestions for Underrated Hiking Trails in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Feel free to reach out to us through our Contact form if you have questions or need additional information.

You can experience the incredible views from the top of McAfee Knob or Sharp Top Mountain at the Peaks of Otter.

Or, you can climb to the top of Roanoke on the Mill Mountain Star Trail, which leads to the Roanoke Star & Overlook, providing you the chance to look out over the Roanoke Valley.

We also have great hiking opportunities at the State Parks in the region: Claytor Lake State Park, Fairy Stone State Park and Smith Mountain Lake State Park.

With the variety of trails in Virginia's Blue Ridge, you have options for hiking to a summit that provides any type of view - city skyline, pristine waters of a lake, reservoir, waterfall or river, stunning mountain vistas, or the peaceful Virginia countryside.

You'll have to experience it to truly believe it. To take on some of the region's best hiking, conquer the Triple Crown.

Grab your pack and a camera. Between the trails, wildlife, and stunning views, there's no telling what will take your breath away.

You can also check out our list of 10 Great Trails and see a complete list of hiking trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia.

The following is a list of hiking trails in the Roanoke Valley.

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There's an adventure and experience for everyone in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Enjoy the ride. Choose your own path. Be a #trailsetter.