Alphabetical Hike List

*Please note we are in the process of updating carpool fees. The fee is now .07 cent a mile. So not all carpool fees may be accurate on this list. Always go off of the carpool fee that is listed in the Blazer. This notice will be removed once they are all re-calculated.*

Allegheny Trail to Pine Swamp

16.5 miles,  Strenuous, $5.00 carpool fee

62 miles from Roanoke

The hike will start  in Monroe County, West Virginia. It begins on WV CR15 at the parking lot for the Hanging Rock Raptor Migration Observatory, and follows the Allegheny Trail south along  the crest of Peters Mountain mostly on old logging and forest service roads. We will camp near the halfway point of the hike, on the ridgetop.  At 12.5 miles this hike joins the AT, and we will continue south to Dickinson Gap, where we’ll follow a blue-blaze trail down to route 635.

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Andy Layne Trail to Daleville, 113 Mile Hike #3

 

13.0 miles, Strenuous, $1.00 carpool fee

8 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is just north of Roanoke, starting in the Catawba Valley and ending in Daleville. The hike is a stiff uphill on the relocated Andy Layne Trail and then a scenic ridge walk overlooking Carvins Cove, before descending Tinker Mountain.

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Apple Orchard Falls, Cornelius Creek Loop

5.7 miles, Moderate, $2.50 carpool fee

26 miles from Roanoke

 

This is a popular hike located in the North Creek camping area, near Arcadia. A blue-blazed trail, steep in places, leads uphill to Apple Orchard Falls. The falls are impressive and the trail has been greatly improved in recent years. Beyond the falls, a crossover path leads to the Cornelius Creek Trail which follows the creek downhill – back to the parking lot.

 

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Bearwallow Gap to Black Horse Gap

8.1 miles, Moderate, $2.50 carpool fee

27 miles from Roanoke

 

We will be doing a long hike south on the A.T. from Bearwallow Gap, near the town of Buchanan in Botetourt County to Black Horse Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

 

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Bearwallow Gap (Rt 43) to Troutville (Rt 11)

19.5 miles, Strenuous , $2.50 carpool fee

27 miles from Roanoke

 

We will be doing a long hike south on the A.T. from Bearwallow Gap, near the town of Buchanan in Botetourt County to Route 11 in Troutville.   This will be mainly level ridgeline hiking with one long ascent of Fullhardt Knob, near the end of the hike.

 

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Bearwallow Gap Loop

10.5 miles, Strenuous, $100 carpool fee

12 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike will begin at the Bearwallow Gap Horse Trail Parking and will follow the Glenwood Horse Trail north to its junction with the Buchanan Trail.  We will then follow the Buchanan Trail to its junction with the AT.  Heading south on the AT, we will hike to Bearwallow Gap, cross Route 43 and hike the AT to the top of the mountain.  We will then detour off trail and head to a rock outcropping with great views north and west and then bushwhack down the mountain to intersect with the Horse Trail once again.  We will then follow the Horse Trail north to where we parked.

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Belfast Trail to the Devil’s Marbleyard

3.0 miles, Easy, $3.00 carpool fee

35 miles from Roanoke

 

Located a few miles beyond Natural Bridge Station, this popular hike starts about an hour’s drive from Roanoke.  The route follows the Belfast Trail in the Jefferson National Forest and heads steeply uphill for a little over two miles.  At this point the Devil’s Marbleyard appears just to the left of the trail.  This is an eight-acre field of quartzite boulders which affords endless scrambling opportunities (watch out for snakes, though) and great views.  The return is along the same route.

 

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Bennett Springs Loop

6.0 miles, Moderate  ,  $.00 carpool fee

0 miles from Roanoke

 

Come join us on a new hike that begins at Carvins Cove Parking Lot (off  Rt. 311, NOT Williamson Rd.)  The one mile ascent to the top of Brushy Mountain is quite steep, while the rest is moderate.  Good views of McAfee’s Knob and the valley are beautiful, while on the descent we will cross a stream several times.  It’s a pretty loop trail.

 

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Big Horse Gap to New River (Rt 460) 113 Mile Hike #11

12.0 miles, Strenuous, $6.00 carpool fee

60 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike will follow the A.T. north from Big Horse Gap near Dismal Falls in Giles County.  It will go along the ridge line of Pearis Mountain, passing Doc’s Knob shelter along   the way.  There will be several view points along the way, including Angel’s Rest.

 

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Black Horse Gap to Bearwallow Gap

8.5 miles, Strenuous, $1.00 carpool fee

9 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike starts at the northernmost part of our section of the A.T.  The trail parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway and has great views.  There are plenty of mountain laurel, rhododendron, and azalea along this section of trail.

 

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Black Horse Gap to Curry Gap, 113 Mile Hike #1

6.9  miles, Moderate , $1.500 carpool fee

16 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike is located in Botetourt County.  From Black Horse Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway, elevation 2,400 feet,  the trail heads south. There are limited views on this section of trail. In 2.4 miles a blue blaze trail on right leads to the Wilson Creek Shelter.   After crossing Wilson Creek, the trail ascends steeply.  It then descends steadily and crosses Curry Creek.  From there it ascends steeply on switchbacks to the Salt Pond Road road crossing.  Go left on Salt Pond Road for .9 miles back to BR.

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Black Horse Gap ( BRP ) to Daleville ( Rt. 220 ) 113-Hikes # 1 & 2

13.6 miles, Strenuous, $1.50 carpool fee

17 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike starts at Black Horse Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Botetourt County. This is the northern terminus of the 113 mile long section of trail maintained by the RATC.  The AT parallels the parkway heading south.  It passes the Wilson Creek shelter and then crosses Salt Pond Road at Curry Gap.  The trail then climbs Fullhardt Knob, where there are limited views.  The trail then descends, crosses route 11 and ends on route 220 in Daleville.

 

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Black Horse Gap to Troutville (Route 11)

12 miles, Strenuous, $1.00 carpool fee

13 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike will begin at Black Horse Gap.  We will pass Wilson Creek, Curry Creek, Salt Pond Road, Tollhouse Gap, Fullhardt Knob along the way.  The hike will finish on Route 11 at Troutville

 

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Black Ridge to Blue Ridge Parkway

3.0  miles, Easy, $6.00 carpool fee

58 miles from Roanoke

 

This is a loop hike that starts at the Rocky Knob Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 169.  We will hike to Black Ridge, then  to Grassy Knoll and back to Visitor Center.

 

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Bluff City to Rice Field

12.7 miles, Strenuous, $6.00 carpool fee

60 miles from Roanoke

 

 

The hike is on Peters Mountain in Giles County near Pearisburg , SR 460 & The New River.  It goes up Peters Mountain to the Rice Fields Shelter and returns.  There are gret aviews in the open area of  Rice Fields on top of the mountain.

 

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Bottom Creek Gorge

5.3  miles, Moderate , $2.00 carpool fee

17 miles from Roanoke

 

Hidden away at the corner of Montgomery, Roanoke, and Floyd counties is the Bottom Creek Gorge Preserve on top of  Bent Mountain.The Nature Conservancy has developed a network of trails that pass ponds, streams and meadows and follow tunnels of rhododendron that lead you around and down to the Bottom Creek George, then up to a vantage point to see Bent Mountain Falls flow from a mountain side.  Dogs are not permitted on this hike, in compliance with Nature Conservancy policy.

 

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Brushy Mountain

 6.0 miles, Moderate, $.50 carpool fee

5 miles from Roanoke
This is a 6-mile loop hike near Hanging Rock, at the end of Timberview Road.  The two mile ascent to Brushy Mountain is rather steep but the reward comes on the return.  The hike offers glimpses of Carvin’s Cove Reservoir, McAfee’s Knob.

 

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Buffalo Mountain

4.3 miles, Moderate , $4.00 carpool fee

44 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Floyd County in the vicinity of Mabry Mill, the hike goes to the summit of Buffalo Mountain with extraordinary views in all directions. The distinctive shape of Pilot Mountain in North Carolina is visible in the distance on a clear day. A network of unofficial trails lead to various points on the edge of the mountain’s massive rock face.

 

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Carvins Cove Trails

10.5 miles, Strenuous, $.50 carpool fee

6 miles from Roanoke
We will be hiking on several trails in the Carvins Cove area.  We’ll start with Songbird and include a short detour to the Catawba Creek Tunnel followed by Arrowhead and then Sawmill Branch to intersect with the AT.  Return will be via Happy Valley, Riley’s Loop, Enchanted Forrest and Comet.

 

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Cascades National Scenic Trail

 4.0 miles, Easy, $5.00 carpool fee

54 miles from Roanoke

Located in Giles County near Pembroke, the hike uses trails, which run, along both sides of Little Stony Creek, which ends near the Cascades – an impressive waterfall. Usually the hike will go up one side of the creek and come back on the other. The Forest Service charges a nominal fee ($3.00) to park at the trailhead.

 

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Cascade’s/Barney’s Wall

7.9 miles, Moderate, $5.00 carpool fee

54 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Giles County near Pembroke, the hike will first go along  Little Stony Creek, to the Cascades – an impressive waterfall. It will then go up the nature Conservancy Trail to Barney’s Wall, a cliff that features a 700 foot drop. There is a great view of the New River Valley from Barney’s Wall. The Forest Service charges a nominal fee ($3.00) to park at the trailhead.

 

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Cascades to Butt Mountain

10.8 miles, Strenuous,  $5.50 carpool fee

54 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Giles County near Pembroke, the hike will first go along  Little Stony Creek, to the Cascades – an impressive waterfall. It will then go up the nature Conservancy Trail to Barney’s Wall, a cliff that features a 700 foot drop. There is a great view of the New River Valley from Barney’s Wall. From there it will continue on along the ridgetop of Butt Mountain to the location of an old fire lookout tower. The Forest Service charges a nominal fee ($3.00) to park at the trailhead.

 

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Catawba Mountain ( Rt. 311 ) to Andy Layne Trail ( Rt. 779 ) 113-Mile Hike #  4

12.8 miles, Strenuous, $.50 carpool fee

6 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike offers the opportunity to see two of the prime vistas on the Appalachian Trail, McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs, in one day.  The hike starts across from the large gravel A.T. crossing parking lot on Route 311.  Be extremely careful crossing route 311, visibility for cars is limited and they are moving very fast.  The trail climbs gradually to McAfee’s Knob, passing John’s Spring Shelter at 1.0 mile and Catawba Mountain shelter at 3.0 miles. At 3.7 miles reach short blue-blazed trail on left to McAfee Knob.  The cliffs there offer magnificent views of the Catawba Valley and the city of Roanoke.  The trail then follows the the ridge line to Tinker Cliffs at 8.6 miles, with views of McAfee Knob and North Mountain. Continue north on the A.T. for another half mile to Scorched Earth Gap.  Go left on the Andy Layne Trail for descent to Rt. 779.

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Catawba Mountain ( Rt. 311 ) to Daleville ( Rt. 220 ) 113-Mile Hikes 3 & 4

19.2  miles, Very Strenuous, $1.00 carpool fee

6  miles from Roanoke

 

Starts from the 311 parking lot on Catawba Mountain – only 15 minutes from Roanoke. Certainly one of our most challenging hikes and it is recommended only for those in excellent physical condition.  Almost 20 miles of the Appalachian Trail leads over varied terrain with several steep climbs and tricky footing in places.  Highlights include McAfee Knob, Tinker Cliffs and Hay Rock.  There are also numerous unnamed overlooks providing nice views of both the Catawba Valley and Carvins Cove

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Catawba Mountain ( Rt. 311 ) to Dragon’s Tooth Parking 113-Mile Hike # 5

8.9 miles, Strenuous, $.50 carpool fee

6 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike begins at the 311 A.T.  parking lot – just 15 minutes from Roanoke. The Appalachian Trail is followed south over the many humps of Catawba Mountain before dropping down to the open fields of Beckner’s Gap.  Between Routes 785 and 624, the trail crosses Sandstone Ridge.  Beyond 624 the trail heads uphill past the Boy Scout Trail.  It then reaches Rawie’s Rest, a knife-like rocky outcrop, with good views. Continue on to Lost Spectacles Gap, where a blue-blazed trail on right leads down to the Dragon’s Tooth parking lot.

 

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Catawba Mountain (Rt 311) to McAfee Knob

7.8 mile, Moderate, $0.50 carpool fee

6 miles from Roanoke

 

Located west of Salem in Roanoke County, the hike follows the Appalachian Trail up and back. Extensive cliffs at the top afford unparalleled views of both the Catawba Valley and the city of Roanoke.

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Catawba Mountain ( Rt. 311 ) to Sandstone Ridge ( Rt. 624 )

 6.0 miles, Moderate, $1.00 carpool fee

9 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike is Roanoke County.  Heading south on the A.T., we will go along Sawtooth Ridge, with a few ups and downs and occasional good views.  It will then pass through open meadows in the Catawba Valley.

 

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Catawba Mountain (Rt. 311) to Sawtooth (Rt. 785)

4.3 miles, Easy, $.50 carpool fee

6 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Roanoke County just west of Salem and I-81 near the Catawba Valley.This is up and down ridge walk through the forest coming out on pasture near the end.  There are great views of the surrounding valleys off both sides of the ridge.

 

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Catawba Mountain (Rt. 311) to Trout Creek (Rt. 620)

12.9 miles,Strenuous, $.50 carpool fee

6 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Roanoke and Craig County, the hike follows the roller coaster Sawtooth Ridge, with views of Fort Lewis Mountain on the left and Cove Mountain and North Mountain on the right. The hike continues over Sandstone Ridge and then begins the strenuos climb to Dragon’s Tooth, which offers great, near 360 degree views.  The hike will then descend Cove Mountain to Trout Creek.

 

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Catawba Valley Trail up to North Mountain & return

6.0  miles, Moderate , $1.00 carpool fee

12 miles from Roanoke

 

We will be hiking up the Catawba Valley Trail to the summit of North Mountain.  There are limited views from the summit of the Catawba Valley and Craig County.

 

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Chestnut Ridge Trail

 

5.4 miles, Moderate , $.00 carpool fee

0 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is located 4 miles from Roanoke and 1 mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a 5.4-mile loop around the Roanoke Campground behind Mill Mountain. The trail is well graded and surrounded by woods.

 

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Cove Mountain/Cove Creek Basin

10 miles, Strenuous, $2.00 carpool fee

22 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike will begin on the Cove Mountain Trail at Arcadia, VA, and will take in portions of the Buchanan Trail, Glenwood Horse Trail, and Little Cove Mountain Trail.  Good views of surrounding mountains, along with a waterfall, are visible on this hike.

 

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Cove Mountain and Little Cove Mountain Circuit

 8.2 miles, Strenuous, $2.00 carpool fee

23 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Botetourt County, this hike offers creek side walking along a branch of Cove Creek, a stop at Little Cove Mountain Shelter and a view from a rock formation just a few hundred feet north of shelter.

 

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Cove Mountain/Little Cove Mountain Lollipop Loop

12 miles, Strenuous, $2.00 carpool fee

22 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike will encompass the Cove Mountain Trail, a portion of the Buchanan Trail, a portion of the AT, the Glenwood Horse Trail and the Little Cove Mountain Trail with a return to the starting point on the Cove Mountain Trail.  It will offer a variety of views of mountain peaks in just about every direction.

 

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Crabtree Falls

 5.8 miles, Moderate, $5.00 carpool fee

68 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is located in Nelson County, and follows Crabtree Creek, with scenic overlooks at the five major cascades, which, with a number of smaller ones, have a total fall of 1,200 feet.  Crabtree Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi.

 

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Crab Tree Falls, Priest Loop

9.0 miles, Strenuous, $5.50 carpool fee

68 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is located in Nelson County, and follows Crabtree Creek, with scenic overlooks at the five major cascades, which  have a total fall of 1,200 feet.  After reaching the top of the falls, we will take a side trail to connect to the A.T. near the Priest shelter.  We will then began a 3,000 foot descent from the summit of the Priest back to Route 56 on the Tye River.

 

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Curry Gap ( BRP ) to Daleville ( RT 220 ) 113-Mile Hike # 2

9.4 miles, Stenuous, $1.00 carpool fee

9 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is located in Botetourt County   From Curry Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the trail ascends on Salt Pond Road for .9 miles to the A.T. crossing.  Turn left on the A.T. (south).  The trail follows the ridge line, with limited views to the valley below.  At 3.7 miles the blue-blazed trail on left leads to Fullhardt Knob Shelter and the wooded summit of Fullhardt Knob.  The trail then descends from Fullhardt Knob.  There are a series of switchbacks near the bottom.  At 6.7 miles the trail crosses Mountain Pass Road (Route 652).  It then ascends an open knoll, with good views of McAfee Knob and Tinker Mountain, before descending and crossing Va. Route 11.  The trail continues through mainly old orchards to Route 220.

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Curry Gap ( BRP) to Fullhardt Knob

7.3 miles, Moderate, $1.00 carpool fee

9 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike starts on Curry Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It follows Salt Pond Road to the intersection with the A.T., then goes up the A.T. to Fullhardt Knob.  There are limited views along the trail and at the summit of Fullhardt Knob.

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Daleville (Rt 220) to Hay Rock

8.0 miles, Moderate, $.00 carpool fee

0 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Botetourt County, north of Roanoke. Except for a short feeder trail, the route follows the Appalachian Trail to Hay Rock and back again.  There are several good overlooks along the way, but the best one is Hay Rock.  This overhanging chunk of sandstone provides shelter on one side and great views on the other – for those willing to scramble to the top.

 

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Daleville (Rt 220) to Andy Layne Trail (Rt 779) 113-Mile Hike #3

11.0 miles, Strenuous , $.00 carpool fee

0 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is just north of Roanoke, starting in Daleville. It begins with an 800 foot climb up Tinker Mountain and then goes along a scenic ridge overlooking Carvins Cove.

 

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Daleville (Rt 220) to Mountain Pass Road (Rt 652)

 3.2  miles, Easy, $.00 carpool fee

0 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike will head north on the A.T., passing through woods and crossing Virginia Route 11 near Troutville. It will then ascend a hill to an open field which provides good views of the surrounding mountains.

 

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Devil’s Marbleyard/Gunter Ridge Trail Circuit

8.1 miles, Strenuous , $4.00 carpool fee

35 miles from Roanoke

 

Located a few miles beyond Natural Bridge Station, this hike will ascend the steep Gunter Ridge Trail to it’s intersection with the  Belfast Trail in the Jefferson National Forest.   The hike will then descend on the belfast trail passing the Devil’s Marbleyard.   This is an eight-acre field of quartzite boulders which affords endless scrambling opportunities (watch out for snakes!) and great views.

 

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Dickey Gap (Rt 16) to Fox Creek (Rt 603)

8.5 miles, Strenuous,  $7.00 carpool fee

87 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is along the A.T. in Grayson County.  Starting near Hurricane Campground, the trail crosses Comers Creek, which has a small waterfall.  Heading south, the hike concludes with a 1,400 foot climb up Iron Mountain.

 

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Dolly Sods Backpack

11 miles, Strenuous, $18.00 carpool fee

180 miles from Roanoke

 

The Dolly Sods Wilderness Area is in northern West Virginia near Canaan Valley.  The entire hike will be at an elevation of 4,000 feet or higher in mostly balds caused by early timber operations. The whole area is diverse in vegetation with spruce, firs, aspen trees. The daily hike should not be over 5 miles, but you will have a backpack that can slow you.  Expect cool nights and dress according.  We should be out of the woods around 3:00 PM on Sunday and expect a 3.5 hour drive back to Roanoke.

 

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Douthat State Park

10.0 miles, Strenuous , $2.00 carpool fee

23  miles from Roanoke

 

This hike is located in Bath County. It combines six trails to form a loop of about 10 miles. The hike provides lake side walking before entering the woods and the climb to the top of the mountain. It provides views from Tuscarora Overlook and Lookout Rock. It also passes by Blue Suck Falls and follows the creek back to the starting point.

 

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Dragon’s Tooth Parking to Dragon’s Tooth

5.2 miles, Moderate, $1.50 carpool fee

9 miles from Roanoke

 

Located on Cove Mountain near the Craig and Roanoke County line, the hike to Dragon’s Tooth ascends steep, rugged outcrops of quartzite which form the spine of Cove Mountain.  A difficult hike, Dragon’s Tooth summit offers magnificent views of nearby and distant peaks year-round.

 

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A.T., Elk Garden  (Rt 600) to Rt 58

6.9 miles, Moderate, $11.00 carpool fee

122 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike will start at the Elk Garden A.T. crossing in the Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area  and head south on the A.T. The hike will climb 800 feet to near the summit of Whitetop Mountain, the second highest peak in Virginia at over 5,500 feet.  From there it will pass through a scenic mountain bald to Buzzard Rock, with magnificent views of southwest Virginia and eastern Tennessee.  The hike will then descend some 2,100 feet to route 58, near Damascus.

 

 

Elliott Knob

10.0 miles, Strenuous, $6.00 carpool fee

77 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike is in Augusta County west of Staunton near Buffalo Gap.  It is the site of an old radio tower and will be an up and back hike.   Elliott’s Knob is at an elevation of 4,458 feet. Although there are good views all along the trail, the summit provides stunning views, and there are two old growth groves of red spruce trees which is not common in our area.

 

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Fallingwater Cascades

2.1 miles, Easy, $2.50 carpool fee

27 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Botetourt County, this loop hike goes down a short, scenic trail to Fallingwater Cascades.  This is a scenic stream just off of  the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The trail will follow the stream for a short distance before ascending back to the trail head.

 

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Falls Ridge

5.0 miles, Moderate, $3.00 carpool fee

30 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is located in Montgomery County, southeast of Blacksburg in Falls Ridge Preserve. Part of a steep, rugged ridge that rises from the valley of the North Fork of the Roanoke River, Falls Ridge Preserve boasts a spring-fed travertine waterfall approximately 80 feet in height. Salem Fault runs through the preserve, dividing it into two different rock types:  Precambrian limestone and shale/sandstone. The corresponding difference in soil types generates a diversity of vegetation, particularly wildflowers and smaller flora. Dogs are not permitted on this hike, in compliance with Nature Conservancy policy.

 

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Ferrier  – Lick Branch – North Mountain Trails

7.6 miles,  Strenuous, $2.50 carpool fee

26 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Craig County east of New Castle on the border of Botetourt
County, this lollypop hike will begin at the far end of North Mountain trail
and ascend Broad Run Mountain.  From there we will head southeast going down
the Lick Branch Trail and continue on a gravel road connecting to Ferrier
Trail returning us back to Broad Run Mountain and finally accessing the
North Mountain Trail to complete the hike.

 

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Flat Top Mountain

4.3 miles, Moderate , $2.50 carpool fee

27 miles from Roanoke

Located at the very scenic Peaks of Otter along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Botetourt County.  At one point a side trail descends a short distance to an unusual formation known as Cross Rock. At the summit of Flat Top nice views may be obtained by easy scrambles onto projecting rocks.

 

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Floyd Mountain/Glenwood Horse Trail

11.0 miles, Strenuous , $2.00 carpool fee

22 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike will start on the Blue Blaze Trail (old AT) off of Middle Creek Road and proceed to the AT just north of the Bryant Ridge Shelter.  We will then follow the AT north over Floyd Mountain to the Cornelius Creek Shelter.  From there we will pick up the Glenwood Horse Trail and head south to its junction with Jennings Creek Road.  This section of the horse trail is quite beautiful.  This will require a short shuttle of about 15 minutes or so.

 

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Fox Creek (Rt 603) to Elk Garden (Rt 600)

16.8 miles,Strenuous , $7.00 carpool fee

71 miles from Roanoke

Join us a long hike on one of the most scenic parts of the entire A.T.  We will be hiking in the high country of the Mount Rogers Scenic Area.  Much of this hike will be in open meadows at over 5,000 feet. The trail will pass near the wooded summit of Mount Rogers, at 5,729 feet, the highest point in Virginia.  There are many semi-wild ponies in the open meadows along the trail.  In addition, a profusion of rhododendron can also be seen.  These should be in bloom in June.  There will be about 2,000 of elevation gain on this hike.

 

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Fuller Rocks, Big Rocky Row

10.23 miles, Strenuous, $3.00 carpool fee

39 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike will start on the A.T. crossing on Hercules Road.  The hike goes through an old slate mine and follows an old roadway that offers very good views. The trail connects with the AT and then we would hike south back toward the James River.   The trail will cross Rocky Row and Fullers Rocks, both of which have magnificent views of the James River and the surrounding mountains.  The trail will descend back to Hercules Road passing an A.T. shelter along the way.

 

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Fort Lewis Mountain

4.2 miles, Moderate, $1.00 carpool fee

9 miles from Roanoke

 

This out and back hike crosses Mason’s Creek before ascending Fort Lewis Mountain.  There are limited views from the summit.

 

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Garden Mountain (Rt 623) to Chestnut Knob Shelter

7.5 miles, Moderate, $.00 carpool fee

81 miles from Roanoke

 

We will be starting out at the A.T. crossing on the top of Garden Mountain in scenic Burkes Garden, Tazewell County (elevation 4,000 feet).  The hike will go south on the A.T., for 6.2 miles to Chestnut Knob shelter.  It will then backtrack to Walker’s Gap. There are good views of Burkes Garden along the trail.   There will be an option to drive through Burke’s Garden on the way home, which is a very beautiful part of the state.

There is 1,000 feet of elevation gain on this hike

 

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Garden Mountain (Rt 623) to Rich Valley (Rt 42)

17.3 miles, Strenuous, $7.00 carpool fee

71 miles from Roanoke

 

We will be starting out at the A.T. crossing on the top of Garden Mountain in Burkes Garden, Tazewell County (elevation 4,000 feet).  The hike will go south  on the A.T., passing the Beartown Wilderness Area.  There are good views of Burkes Garden at two points along the trail.  The hike will generally be downhill, ending in Wythe County.

 

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Garden Mountain (Rt 623) to Poor Valley (FS222)

10.8  miles, Strenuous, $9.00 carpool fee

97 miles from Roanoke

Located in Bland County, this hike offers spectacular views of Burke’s Garden.

 

 

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Green Hill Park and Environs

4 mile, Easy, $.00 carpool fee

0 miles from Salem

We’ll walk various routes in Green Hill Park including the westernmost
segment of the Roanoke River Greenway.

 

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Grassy Hill Nature Preserve

6  miles, Moderate , $4.00 carpool fee

30 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is located in Franklin County, just outside the town of Rocky Mount at the Grassy Hill Natural Area Preserve, owned and managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation. This hike will traverse Grassy Hill which is a formation composed of ancient volcanic rocks rich in magnesium.  Hikers will get to see a mixture of habitats including areas that support rare plants.

 

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Harkening Hill

3.3 miles, Easy, $2.00 carpool fee

24  miles from Roanoke

 

Join us for a leisurely hike up Harkening Hill, at the scenic Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We will be passing Balance Rock along the way. There are limited views from the summit of Harkening Hill.

 

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Hoop Hole, Lower Loop

 

4.0 miles, Easy, $2.50 carpool fee

28 miles from Roanoke

 

Located Botetourt County, the hike makes a loop by following two delightfully wild streams: Hipes Branch and Stony Run. Both of these pass through steep-sided canyons and have plenty of cascades and deep pools. While there is little change in elevation, there are many stream crossings – some of which may be tricky if the water is high.

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Hoop Hole, Upper Loop

 

7.3 miles, Moderate, $3.00 carpool fee

28 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is located in Botetourt County between Eagle Rock and Oriskany – some 45 minutes from Roanoke.This hike uses part of the lower loop to get to the upper loop which includes a steep climb to the top of Montgomery Knob in the Jefferson National Forest.

 

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House Mountains, Big and Little

9.1 miles, Strenuous , $4.50 carpool fee

48 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Rockbridge County west of Lexington. Purchased for preservation by the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council (RACC) in 1989, the 800+ acres including the tops of Big House and Little House Mountain, and the saddle between them, contain numerous species of plants and provide views of the Rockbridge County countryside.  We will follow the 2-mile woods road to the saddle, hike another mile to the cliffs of Big House Mountain, then return to the saddle and take the Little House Mountain trail which involves a climb followed by a lovely ridge walk.

 

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Jennings Creek (Rt 614) to Bryant Ridge Shelter

 

59 miles, Moderate , $2.00 carpool fee

23 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Botetourt County not far from Arcadia and Buchanan.  This will be an out and back hike to the Bryant Ridge Shelter on the A.T.  This shelter is located on a  scenic part of the creek.  The shelter has three levels and is well-worth seeing.

 

Trail Map

 

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Jenny Knob to Lickskillet Hollow

4.3 miles, Moderate, $6.00 carpool fee

70 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike is located in Bland County.  It starts on Jenny Knob, the southern terminus of the section of the A.T. maintained by the RATC.  It passes Jenny Knob Shelter on Brushy Mountain before reaching Route 608.

 

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Johns Creek (Rt. 632) to Sinking Creek (Rt. 630) 113-Mile Hike # 9

8.3 miles, Strenuous, $3.00 carpool fee

58 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is located in Craig and Giles counties.  From Johns Creek Valley, the trail climbs steeply.  At 2.0 miles it crosses route 601 at Rocky Gap. At 3.8 miles a blue blazed trail on right  leads to White Rock, with great views of the New River Valley.  The trail then descends, passing Laurel Creek Shelter at 5.1 miles. At 7.5 miles the trail crosses Route 42 in Sinking Creek Valley.

 

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Kimberling Creek (Rt. 606) to Jenny Knob (Rt.611) 113 Mile Hike #14

9.8 miles, Strenuous, $6.00 carpool fee

70 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike is located in Bland County.  It starts by crossing Kimberling Creek on a suspension footbridge.  This is one of the longest footbridges on the A.T.  The trail then ascends steeply to the wooded summit of Brushy Mountain, before descending to Lickskillet Hollow.  It then crosses Route 608 and again ascends Brushy Mountain. It passes Jenny Knob Shelter before reaching Route 611, the southern terminus of the section of the A.T. maintained by the RATC.

 

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Lee Hollow (RT 621) to Dragon’s Tooth Parking, 113 Mile Hikes 6 and 7

15.4 miles, Strenuous, $1.50 carpool fee

16 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is in Craig and Roanoke County west of Salem. The hike starts with a 1,000 foot ascent of Brush Mountain via a series of switchbacks. At 3.0 miles the top of the mountain is reached and the trail continues along the crest of the mountain.  At 3.8 miles, a short blue-blazed trail on left leads to the Audey Murphy monument.  There are good views of the Craig Creek Valley from here.  At 5.9 miles the trail starts a steep descent to Trout Creek and Route 620.

After crossing Trout Creek, we will ascend through a fire recovery area, pass by the Pickle Branch shelter, then ascend to the ridge, which we will follow around the crescent-shaped top of Cove Mountain to Dragon’s Tooth with its great views and rock-scrambling opportunities.  We will descend on the A.T. over Rawie’s Rest (more rocks and great views) to the intersection with the blue-blazed Boy Scout Trail which will take us to the Dragon’s Tooth parking lot.

 

Trail Map

 

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Lee Hollow (Rt 621) to Sarver’s Cabin Trail

8.8 miles, Strenuous, $1.75 carpool fee

18 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Craig County, this hike will go south on the A.T. for 7.5 miles, ascending Sinking Creek Mountain.  Total elevation gain is 1,300 feet.  We will pass the Niday Shelter along the way.  The hike will then descend back to route 621 via the Sarver’s Cabin Trail.  Sarver’s Cabin is another shelter along the A.T.  There are good views along the ridgeline of Sinking Creek Mountain.

 

Trail Map

 

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Lee Hollow (Rt. 621) to Trout Creek (Rt. 620) 113-Mile Hike # 7

9.2 miles, Strenuous, $1.00 carpool fee

14 miles from Roanoke

 

AT hike located in Craig and a little bit of Roanoke County, the hike on Brush Mt. includes the Audie Murphy Monument, a tribute to the most decorated soldier of WWII, who died in a plane crash on the  mountain in 1971. This hike has a mile of road walk added because the bridge may be out on Rt. 620.

 

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Lick Run Greenway

 

7.0 miles, Moderate, $.00 carpool fee

0 miles from Roanoke

Walk the Lick Run Greenway from Valley View Boulevard (Target) to downtown Roanoke and returning. This paved greenway trail runs along scenic Lick Run, through neighborhoods and city parks with little elevation change.

 

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Lipes Branch Trail

6.4 miles, Moderate, $2.50 carpool fee

32 miles from Roanoke

 

The trail for the hike is located in the Potts Mountain area of Craig County in Barbours Creek Wilderness.  The trail ascends Potts Mountain along Lipes Branch and provides  access into the heart of Barbours Creek Wilderness. The first .5 mile climbs gently up the southeastern lower slope of Potts Mountain, and then it becomes steeper, using switchbacks to reach a partially cleared area at the summit with views into Alleghany County and the George Washington National Forest to the northwest.

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Mau-Har Trail and Three Ridges Loop

13.5 miles, Strenuous, $7.00 carpool fee

70 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Virginia’s newest Wilderness Area, the hike takes us on trails built and maintained by the Tidewater AT Club. It’s a “balloon hike”, starting and ending where the AT crosses Route 56 and the Tye River.  After 1.7 miles on the A.T., we branch off onto the Mau-Har Trail, which takes us past a lovely waterfall and along a creek up to the Maupin Fields Shelter.  Then we continue climbing on the A.T. to the summit of Three Ridges, with lots of great views, then down past the Harpers Creek shelter, up to the ridge, and back down to the Tye River.

 

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Mill Creek Trail to Angel’s Rest via AT

8.4 miles, Strenuous, $6.00 carpool fee

66 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike begins near the town of Narrows in Giles County. It starts by following Mill Creek to a scenic waterfall. It then follows a fire road to the intersection with the A.T.  It will then head north on the A.T. to Angel’s Rest, then descend to Pearisburg.

 

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Mill Mountain Greenway and Trails

4 miles, Easy, $.00 carpool fee

0 miles from Roanoke

Starting at Piedmont Park, we’ll walk up Mill Mountain via the Greenway (800-foot elevation gain on paved walkway), then return via another trail.
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Mill Mountain Loop

5.5  miles, Moderate, $.00 carpool fee

0  miles from Roanoke

 

We will use a series of trails to do a loop hike on Mill Mountain. We will hike the Star Trail to the Roanoke star, then take the Watchtower trail to the Mill Mountain Greenway. From there we will take the Monument trail to the Star Trail back to trail head on Riverland Road.

 

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Montebello Fish Hatchery to Crabtree Falls.

8.1 miles, Strenuous , $6.00 carpool fee

64 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike starts at the Montebello Fish hatchery in Nelson County.   The hike starts with a steady climb up an old fire road. At 1.0 miles it intersects the A.T.   The hike will then head north on the A.T.   After a half mile we will reach Spy Rock.  Spy Rock is a granite dome with great, 360 degree, views of the Priest Wilderness area and other surrounding mountains. It requires some rock scrambling to get to the top.   The hike will continue on the A.T. for another three miles to the intersection with the Crab Tree Falls trail.   At 1,200 feet this falls is the highest east of the Mississippi.  We will descend along the falls trail back to the parking lot.

 

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Montebello Fish Hatchery to Route 56

9.4 miles, Strenuous , $6.00 carpool fee

64 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike starts at the Montebello Fish hatchery in Nelson County.   The hike starts with a steady climb up an old fire road. At 1.0 miles it intersects the A.T.   The hike will then head north on the A.T.   After a half mile we will reach Spy Rock.  Spy Rock is a granite dome with great, 360 degree, views of the Priest Mountain and other surrounding mountains. It requires some rock scrambling to get to the top.   The hike will continue on the A.T., passing the Priest Mountain shelter, before starting a 3,000 foot descent to route 56.  There are outstanding views from the summit of Priest Mountain.   Because this hike is through a designated wilderness area it will be limited to 10 hikers.

 

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Mount Rogers

11.0 miles, Strenuous, $10.00 carpool fee

102  miles from Roanoke

 

Join us for one of the premiere hikes in the U.S. and one that the club does not often offer. Most of this hike will be on trails at over 5,000 of elevation. This hike will start at Massie Gap in Grayson Highlands State Park.  The trail will follow the open mountain bald of Wilburn Ridge to the heavily wooded summit of Mount Rogers, at 5,729 feet, the highest point in Virginia.  There are many semi-wild ponies in the open meadows along the trail.  We will camp near the trail in the Rhododendron Gap area.

 

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Mt. Rogers Headquarters to Groseclose (I-81)

11.5  miles, Strenuous, $8.00 carpool fee

87 miles from Roanoke

This hike is located in Smyth County, near Marion.  It is mainly a downhill hike, starting from the ranger station on Route 16 to route 11, near Atkins.  On the way to Atkins we’ll pass by an old school house that has been turned into a museum.

 

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Mount Pleasant

6.9 miles, Moderate, $5.00 carpool fee

57 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike is located in the Mount Pleasant scenic area near route 60 in Amherst County.  This loop hike goes to the summit of Mount Pleasant via the Henry Lanum Trail.  There are sweeping views to the east and west from two rock outcrops at the summit.  The hike will return to the starting point via the Pompey Trail.

 

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Murray Run Greenway

6 miles,Easy, $.00 carpool fee

0  miles from Roanoke

 

We will walk the Murray Run Greenway from VWCC to Grandin Road, and return. This is the most natural trail of the Roanoke Valley Greenway system and will include the beautiful Murray Run Trail in Fishburn Park. There are some ups and downs but no long climbs.

 

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North Mountain Trail

10.4 miles, Strenuous, $1.00 carpool fee

9 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike starts in Botetourt County and follows the border of Botetourt, Craig, and Roanoke counties; it climbs North Mountain on the gently graded Catawba Valley Trail, which begins just opposite the Andy Layne Trail on Route 779. The rest of the hike is an up-and-down ridge walk, with views on both sides visible through the trees.

 

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Old Rag Mountain

7.2 miles, Strenuous, $13.00 carpool fee

149 miles from Roanoke

 

Old Rag Mountain is in Shenandoah National Park, north of Charlottesville.  It is one of the premier day hikes in the U.S., with spectacular 360-degree views from its massive granite summit.  This is a difficult hike, with a great deal of rock scrambling, some hand over hand climbing, and 2,500 feet of elevation gain.

 

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Old Hotel Trail, Cold Mountain Loop

6.2 miles, Moderate, $7.50 carpool fee

57 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Amherst County some 20 miles northeast of Buena Vista, this loop hike offers some of the most outstanding views anywhere in the area.  The Old Hotel Trail trailhead is at Hog Camp Gap, roughly 8 miles from route 60 on a dirt and gravel road.  The trail climb steadily through woods and an open area, passing an A.T. shelter (during the stagecoach days there was an inn in this area, but nothing remains of it today).  The trail intersects the  A.T. at Cow Camp Gap.  Following the A.T. north, the route climbs  Cold  Mountain.  The summit of Cold Mountain is an open mountain bald and offers extraordinary views in all direction.

 

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Old Hotel Trail/Cold Mountain/Mt. Pleasant

12. 6 miles, Strenuous, $5.00 carpool fee

57 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is located in the Mount Pleasant scenic area near route 60 in Amherst County   this double loop hike offers some of the most outstanding views anywhere in the area.  The Old Hotel Trail trailhead is at Hog Camp Gap, roughly 8 miles from route 60 on a dirt and gravel road.  The trail climb steadily through woods and an open area, passing an A.T. shelter (during the stagecoach days there was an inn in this area, but nothing remains of it today).  The trail intersects the  A.T. at Cow Camp Gap.  Following the A.T. north, the route climbs  Cold  Mountain.  The summit of Cold Mountain is an open mountain bald and offers extraordinary views in all directions. Back at the trail head we wil then  go to the summit of Mount Pleasant via the Henry Lanum Trail.  There are sweeping views to the east and west from two rock outcrops at the summit.  The hike will return to the starting point via the Pompey Trail.

 

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Otter Creek Trail

3.4 miles, Easy, $4.00 carpool fee

44 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Amherst County just off the Blue Ridge Parkway and a little way from James River. The trail follows Otter Creek from the Otter Creek campground to the James River.

 

Trail Map

 

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Pandapas Pond Trails

6.0 miles, Moderate, $3.50 carpool fee

39 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is located in Montgomery County north of Blacksburg.  It starts at Pandapas and uses some of  the trails along Poverty Creek and Gap Mountain.

 

Trail Map

 

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Patterson Creek

 11 miles, Strenuous, $3.00 carpool fee

30 miles from Roanoke

This is a loop hike in Botetourt and Craig Counties.  We will be hiking in Patterson Creek area  The trails are mostly faint  in this section but should have some nice views from both Patterson and Price mountains.

 

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Petites Gap/Hunting Creek Trail Loop

 10.2 miles, Strenuous, $4.00 carpool fee

42 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike will start at Petites Gap on the AT and head south to its junction with the Hunting Creek Trail.  We will follow the Hunting Creek Trail down to Forest Road 45 (doubles as Glenwood Horse Trail) and walk the road north to where the Glenwood Horse Trail veers off the road.  We will continue on the Horse Trail until it reaches Petites Gap.  The hike will pass by the Thunder Ridge Overlook with nice views of Arnolds Valley and mountains to the west and north.  The Hunting Creek Trail follows the beautiful Hunting Creek during the later part of that trail and offers some cascading falls along the way.

 

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 Petites Gap to James River

9.9 miles, Strenuous , $5.00 carpool fee

39 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike  is on the A.T.  in the James River Face Wilderness located in Bedford and Rockbridge County.It roughly parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway. After a stiff climb to Highcock Knob (3073’) it’s a pleasant downward trending hike to James River (678’) with occasional views to the west and grand finale on the James River Foot Bridge, longest foot-travel-only bridge on the AT. Because this hike is through a designated wilderness area it will be limited to 10 hikers.

 

Trail Map

 

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Pine Swamp (Rt.635) to Johns Creek (Rt. 632) 113-Mile Hike # 10

13.2 miles, Strenuous, $7.00 carpool fee

62 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is located in Giles County.From Stony Creek Valley we will climb 1,100 feet in one mile to the heavily wooded northern slope of Big Mountain. The trail winds through the 11,172-acre Mountain Lake Wilderness between Salt Sulphur Turnpike and the War Spur Shelter. Wind Rock on Potts Mountain provides the best viewpoint of the hike.

 

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Pine Swamp (Rt. 635) to New River (Rt. 460)

19.5 miles, Strenuous, $7.00 carpool fee

62 miles from Roanoke

 

 

Locted in Giles County Virginia and Monroe County West Virginia, this is a lengthy hike on the Appalachian Trail, which traverses a portion of the long ridge of Peters Mountain.  Along the ridge top, which roughly forms the Virginia-West Virginia border, there is little change in elevation.  Both the ascent and the descent, however, are rather steep. Two open areas along the ridge – Symms Gap and, especially, Rice Field – offer views and excellent spots for breaks or lunch.

 

Trail Map

 

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Poor Mountain Nature Preserve

5.0 miles, Moderate, $1.00 carpool fee

10 miles from Roanoke

 

This will be a hike on Poor Mountain. It consists of the Overlook Trail, Canyon and Cascades Trails.  There are nice view points on the Overlook Trail affording views to the west encompassing Ft. Lewis Mtn.  There are over 130 rock steps on the Overlook Trail, then the descent down the Canyon Trail and a climb back on the Cascade Trail.

 

Trail Map

 

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Price Mountain, Sulphur Ridge Loop

 4.9 miles, Moderate, $2.50 carpool fee

15 miles from Roanoke

 

Located along the border of Craig and Botetourt County, about 15 miles north of Roanoke, this loop hike offers a great sense of isolation for being so close to Roanoke. The trailhead begins on VA 606 and descends for one mile into a quiet valley. After a creek crossing, the route climbs to the top of Price Mountain on the Sulphur Ridge Trail. At the crest of the mountain, the route turns right onto the Price Mountain Trail. The trail then descends along the ridgeline, with views into the Craig Creek valley, to return to the trailhead.

 

Trail Map

 

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Punchbowl (BRP) to James River (Rt 501)

10.9 miles, Strenuous, $4.00 carpool fee

45 miles from Roanoke

 

We will start this hike on an A.T. crossing on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Heading south, we will climb Punch Bowl Mountain. We will then climb to the summit of Big Rocky Row, which offers great views of the James River.  We will also pass Fuller’s Rocks, before descending to Route 501, along the James River.

 

Trail Map

 

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Punchbowl Overlook (BRP) to Long Mountain Wayside (Route 60)

10.6 miles, Strenuous, $5.00 carpool fee

43 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike will start on the Blue Ridge Parkway and will go north on the A.T., passing the Lynchburg Reservoir near the halfway point.  The last three miles of the hike will be along Brown Creek.  There used to a pioneer community along the creek and several foundations can still be seen.

 

Trail Map

 

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Read Mountain Trail

4.5 miles, Moderate, $1.00 carpool fee

7 miles from Roanoke

 

Join us for a hike up the trail to the summit of Read Mountain.  The trail was built by the mid-week work crew and was opened last year.  There are good views of McAfee Knob from the summit of the mountain.

 

Trail Map

 

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Ribble Trail, A. T. Loop, Hike #12

9.9 mile, Strenuous, $6.00 carpool fee

71 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Giles County, this hike follows Dismal Creek before a starting a steep climb up Sugar Run Mountain.  The hike then follows the ridge line for several miles, offering views of the Wilburn and New River Valleys. The hike starts on the Ribble Trail for .4 miles to the A.T. At the A.T. intersection, turn left (north).  The trail crosses dismal Creek on footbridges several times in the next mile.  At 1.9 miles the trail passes the Wapiti Shelter and then begins ascending Sugar Run Mountain.  At 4.3 miles a rock outcrop provides excellent views of the valley below.  At 6.5 miles, reach northern end of blue –blazed Ribble Trail.  Make left onto the Ribble Trail and begin steep descent of the Ribble Trail, passing the old Honey Springs Cabin.  The trail will cross FS 201 several times before reaching the parking area at 9.9 miles, where car is located.

 

Trail Map

 

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A.T., Ribble Trail to Dismal Falls

 4.2 miles, Easy, $6.00 carpool fee

69 miles from Roanoke

 

We will hike on the A.T. along Dismal Creek in Giles County, ending at Dismal Falls, a scenic water fall.

 

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Ribble Trail to Kimberling Creek (Rt. 606) Hike #13, plus Dismal Falls

7.8 miles, Strenuous, $6.00 carpool fee

71 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Giles County, this hike follows Dismal Creek for several miles.  Much of the trail is lined with rhododendron.  At 3.9 miles, blue-blazed trail on right goes .3 miles to Dismal Falls. We will be hi9king down and around Dismal Falls and back up to the A.T.  This part of the creek is very scenic. The hike ends at Route 606 and Kimberling Creek.  The A.T. goes over the creek on a footbridge.

 

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A.T., Ribble Trail to Lickskillet Hollow

9.9 mile, Strenuous, $6.00 carpool fee

71 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Giles County, this hike follows scenic Dismal Creek for several miles, passing Dismal Falls.  After crossing a footbridge over Kimberling Creek, the trail goes up and over Brushy Mountain, with a 1,000 foot gain in elevation.

 

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A.T., Ribble Trail to New River, 113 Mile Hikes 11 and 12

16.1 miles, Strenuous, $5.00 carpool fee

57 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Giles County, this hike follows scenic Dismal Creek before a starting a steep climb up Sugar Run Mountain.  The hike then follows the ridgeline for several miles, offering views of the Wilburn and New River Valleys.  The hike will then continue  along the ridge line of Pearis Mountain, passing Doc’s Knob shelter along the way.  There will be several view points on Pearis Mountain, including Angel’s Rest.

Virtual Map/GPS Information for Hike #12

Virtual Map/GPS Information for Hike #13

 

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Roanoke River Greenway –Eastern End

6.0 miles, Easy, $.00 carpool fee

0 miles from Roanoke

 

Walk the popular Roanoke River Greenway from its eastern Roanoke City terminus to Rivers Edge Park, with a side trip for lunch at Fork in the Alley, then return to the starting point (parking area near Brownlee & Bennington).

 

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Roanoke River Greenway (Roanoke western section)

6.0 miles, Easy, $.00 carpool fee

0  miles from Roanoke

We will walk the Roanoke River Greenway from Franklin Road (Ramada) to the western terminus and returning to Franklin. This (hopefully) will include the newest section of the Greenway (Memorial Ave. to Bridge St.) plus Smith/Wasena/Vic Thomas Park sections.

 

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Roaring Run

 2.0 miles, Easy, $2.50 carpool fee

27 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Botetourt County. The hike visits a cascading stream and scenic waterfalls, standing pre-civil war iron ore furnace, used for making iron ingots, stoves, and other iron products for the building of America.

 

Trail Map

 

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Rock Castle Gorge

11.0 miles, Strenuous,  $5.50 carpool fee

57 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Patrick County,  on Blue Ridge Parkway land. After a steep 2,000-foot ascent, the hike parallels the Parkway – passing alternately through woods and open fields with extraordinary views.  On the descent down the other side of the gorge, the hike passes some old cabin sites and a series of interesting rock formations. The last few miles are along Rock Castle Creek – a wild stream with many cataracts.

 

Trail Map

 

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Rocky Gap (Rt. 601) to Sinking Creek (Rt. 42) on A.T.

5.5 miles, Moderate, $3.00 carpool fee

30 miles from Roanoke

 

This AT hike begins from Rocky Gap with a short climb to the John’s Creek Mountain trail. We then ridge walk over Kelly’s Knob, pass a trail to a large bog known as Big Pond. At the top of Kelly’s Knob there is a view from a large rock formation. We will pass the Laurel Creek Shelter and Laurel Creek and finally descend through open meadows to Va. 42.

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A.T., Route 611 to U.S. Route 52

9.1 miles, Strenuous, $6.00 carpool fee

74 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike is located in Bland County.  We will be hiking south on the A.T.  The hike is along the ridgeline, with little elevation gain or loss. We will be passing Helvey’s Mill Shelter along the way.

 

Trail Map

 

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Salt Log Gap to Long Mountain Wayside

11.0. miles, Strenuous, $6.00 carpool fee

60  miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Amherst County some 20 miles northeast of Buena Vista, this hike offers some  outstanding views.  The trailhead is on the Appalachian Trail at Salt Log Gap roughly 8 miles from route 60 on a gravel road.  Following the A.T. south, the route climbs Tar Jacket Ridge and then Cold Mountain.  Both of these summits are open and offer extraordinary views in all directions – Cold Mountain especially.  From Cold Mountain we will descend to  Cow Camp Gap (during the stagecoach days there was an inn in this area, but nothing remains of it today).  The trail then makes a short ascent  before a long 2,500 foot descent to Long Moountain Wayside.

 

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Salt Log Gap to Montebello Fish Hatchery

8.8 miles, Strenuous, $5.50 carpool fee

57 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike is on the A.T.  The hike starts at Salt Log Gap, near the Mount Pleasant Scenic Area in Amherst County.  The hike will follow the trail north, passing a scenic overlook along the way.  There is little elevation gain during the hike.

 

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Salt Log Gap to Sheeley/Woodworth Shelter via Livingston Spring Trail

10.5 miles, Strenuous, $5.00 carpool fee

57 miles from Roanoke

 

This is a lozenge shaped lollypop hike.  Only one steep section with many
level stretches and moderate ups and downs. Most of hike is wooded with
glimpses of the next ridgeline through the trees.  There is an outstanding
scenic view from the top of an unnamed hill on the trail.  A “top ten” tree
oddity is on this hike, there is a mature tree perched on a 15′ high
boulder.

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Seven Mile Mountain

5.1 miles, Moderate, $3.00 carpool fee

34 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Craig County on Forest Service land, this hike is a nice ridge walk.

 

Trail Map

 

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Sharp Top Mountain

3.8 miles, Moderate , $3.00 carpool fee

30 miles from Roanoke

 

We will be hiking to the top of Sharp Top, at the Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Bedford County.  The first half of hike is a steep ascent with many stone steps.    There is a spectacular 360 degree view from the summit.

 

Trail Map

 

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Sinking Creek (Rt 42 to John’s Creek (Rt 632)

7.4 miles, Moderate, $4.00 carpool fee

41 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike is located in Craig County. Starting in Sinking Creek Valley it will head south on the A.T., climbing John’s Creek Mountain to Kelly Knob.  It will pass Laurel Creek shelter along the way. There are great views of the New River Valley from the top of Kelly Knob. It will descend the mountain into scenic John’s Creek’s Valley. There is 1,600 feet of elevation gain on this hike.

 

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Sinking Creek to Lee Hollow, 113 Mile Hike #8

10.4 miles, Strenuous, $2.00 carpool fee

18 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Craig County, the hike climbs up Sinking Creek Mountain, then follows the ridge where rock piles and old apple trees remain from the days when even the top of the mountain was farms.  Several slanted rocks offer views of Craig Creek Valley and the mountains beyond.

 

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Smart View Loop Trail (BRP)  Beginner Hike

3.0 miles, Easy, $5.00 carpool fee

37 miles from Roanoke

 

This is one of the trails off the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are wildflowers, an old mountain cabin built in the 1890’s, wonderful views and a creek with a stone bridge. There is a picnic area with a water fountain and restrooms. There are also benches along the trail.

 

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Sprouts Run/Pine Mountain Loop

 

10 miles, Strenuous, $2.00 carpool fee

23 miles from Roanoke

 

Celebrate the first day of 2012 with a good hike!  This hike will combine most of the Sprouts Run Trail (approximately 3 miles), a sort of bushwhack from Sprouts Run to the Pine Mountain Trail (unmaintained) and about 1 mile on a gravel road back to the starting point.  Pine Mountain is the mountain opposite Wilson Mountain which we usually do as part of a loop when hiking Sprouts Run.  In addition to the normal creekside walking on the Sprouts Run Trail, the Pine Mountain Trail is actually a closed Forest Service Road which is grassy in places and wooded in others.  It contains some good views of mountains to the east and west and also has about four game ponds built by the Forest Service.  The bushwhack portion of this hike entails walking on an old logging road for a little way, then climbing up the mountainside a little way and then hitting a grassy road which will then lead to the Pine Mountain Trail.

 

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Sprouts Run/Wilson Mountain Loop

8.0  miles, Moderately strenuous, $2.00 carpool fee

23 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike will combine the Sprouts Run Trail and the Wilson Mountain Trail in a loop with a connection of a .9 mile Forest Service Road.  Sprouts Run offers creek-side walking with some beautiful pools of water and cascading waterfalls.  It also has some very large trees along the way.  Wilson Mountain is mostly ridge walking with views of the James River and the Solitude Valley.

 

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Stiles Falls

4.0 miles, Easy, $2.00 carpool fee

22 miles from Roanoke

 

We’ll drive to Camp Alta Mons, leave our cars there and go up a dirt road along the camp to the trail head. The trail crosses a creek several times before arriving at the falls.  We will return the same way.

 

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St. Mary’s River

8.8 miles, Strenuous, $8.00 carpool fee

63 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike will be along the St. Mary River in the St. Mary’s Wilderness Area in Augusta County, north of Roanoke.  We will be passing several swimming holes, so bring your bathing suit and a towel so you can take a dip in the river.

 

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Stony Creek (Rt 635) to Bailey Gap Shelter

 4.1 miles,Moderate, $6.00 carpool fee

60 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Giles County, this hike will climb up Butt Mountain to Bailey Gap Shelter.  Total elevation gain is 1,200 feet.

 

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Sugar Run Gap to New River (Rt 460)

10.95 miles, Strenuous, $6.00 carpool fee

60 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike will follow the A.T. north from Big Horse Gap near Dismal Falls in Giles County.  It will go along the ridge line of Pearis Mountain, passing Doc’s Knob shelter along   the way.  There will be several view points along the way, including Angel’s Rest.

 

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Sunset Field to Petites Gap

7.3 miles, Moderate, $2.50 carpool fee

23 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike will be on the A.T. from the Sunset Field overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

to Petites Gap  on the BRP.  This hike has wonderful views from Thunder Ridge Overlook and Apple Orchard Mountain, which has a large grassy bald at it’s summit. This route is also known for the Guillotine, a rock formation, where the trail passes under a suspended rock.  There is also a beautiful series of over 100 rock steps installed by the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club along the trail immediately past the Guillotine.

 

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Tar Jacket Ridge, Cole Mtn – Old Hotel Trail loop

11.0 miles, Strenuous, $5.50 carpool fee

57 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Amherst County some 20 miles northeast of Buena Vista, this loop hike offers some of the most outstanding views anywhere in the area.  The trailhead is on the Appalachian Trail at Salt Log Gap roughly 8 miles from route 60 on a dirt and gravel road.  Following the A.T. south, the route climbs Tar Jacket Ridge and then Cole (a.k.a. Cold) Mountain.  Both of these summits are open and offer extraordinary views in all directions – Cole Mountain especially.  Less than a mile south of Cole, the route turns left onto the Old Hotel Trail at Cow Camp Gap (during the stagecoach days there was an inn in this area, but nothing remains of it today).  After passing a shelter, the trail climbs a hill and then passes some old rock fences on its way to a beautiful, open park-like area (a great camp site).  The last part of the hike is along a Forest Service road back to Salt Log Gap.

 

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Thunder Ridge Overlook to Cornelius Creek Shelter

6.9 miles, Moderate, $2.50 carpool fee

23 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Bedford County,this hike has wonderful views from Thunder Ridge Overlook and Apple Orchard Mountain. This route is also known for the Guillotine, a rock formation, where the trail passes under a suspended rock.

 

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Thunder Ridge Overlook to Sunset Fields Overlook

4.2 miles, Easy, $2.25 carpool fee

23 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Bedford County, this hike has wonderful views from Thunder Ridge Overlook and Apple Orchard Mountain, which has a large grassy bald at it’s summit. This route is also known for the Guillotine, an interesting  rock formation, where the trail passes under a suspended rock.  There are also a beautiful series of over 100 rock steps installed by the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club along the trail immediately past the Guillotine.

 

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Tinker Cliffs

10.0 miles, Moderate, $1.00 carpool fee

12 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in Botetourt County, the trailhead for this hike is on Route 779 roughly halfway between Catawba and Daleville.  The hike crosses meadows and Catawba Creek and then starts the ascent to Scorched Earth Gap where it continues on the AT to Tinker Cliffs.  Several spots along the cliffs offer excellent views of McAfee Knob and the Catawba Valley.

 

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Trout Creek (RT 620) to Dragon’s Tooth Parking, 113 Mile Hike #6

7.2 miles, Strenuous, $1.00 carpool fee

11 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is in Craig and Roanoke County west of Salem. After crossing Trout Creek, we will ascend through a fire recovery area, pass by the Pickle Branch shelter, then ascend to the ridge, which we will follow around the crescent-shaped top of Cove Mountain to Dragon’s Tooth with its great views and rock-scrambling opportunities.  We will descend on the A.T. to the Dragon’s Tooth trail to the Dragon’s Tooth parking lot.

 

 

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Trout Creek (Rt. 620) to Pickle Branch Shelter

 2.4 miles, Easy, $1.50 carpool fee

15 miles from Roanoke

 

Located in in Millers Cove in Craig County.  This short  hike goes north on the AT to the Pickle Branch Shelter.

 

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Trout Creek (Rt 620) to Sandstone Ridge (Rt 624)

7.0 miles, Strenuous, $1.00 carpool fee

9 miles from Roanoke

The hike is in Craig and Roanoke County west of Salem. After crossing Trout Creek, we will ascend through a fire recovery area, pass by the Pickle Branch shelter, then ascend to the ridge, which we will follow around the crescent-shaped top of Cove Mountain to Dragon’s Tooth with its great views and rock-scrambling opportunities.  We will descend on the A.T. over Rawie’s Rest (more rocks and great views) to Route 624 near the Dragon’s Tooth parking lot.

 

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Troutville (Rt 11) to Fullhardt Knob

7 .0 miles, Moderate, $.00 carpool fee

0 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is located in Botetourt County. This up-and-back Appalachian Trail hike begins at a small parking lot on Route 11 at the Troutville town limits.  After crossing railroad tracks, hikers ascend a grassy hill with excellent views.  The trail then crosses a road and begins the climb to Fulhardt Knob.  We will return the same way.

 

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War Spur Trail/A.T. Loop

7.4 miles, Moderate,  $6.50 carpool fee

62 miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is located in the Mountain Lake Wilderness area in Giles County.  The hike starts on the Chestnut Trail, reaching the War Spur Branch Trail after one mile.  The trail  follows the stream, passing beneath old-growth hemlocks.  It then connects with the A.T., passing several fern-ringed upland bogs.  Near the end of the hike, the trail passes Wind Rock, which offers sweeping views across to Fork Mountain and West Virginia.

 

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Whetstone Ridge

11.1 miles, Strenuous , $6.00 carpool fee

65 miles from Roanoke

 

This hike begins on the BRP near MP 29 and Montebello.  Primarily a ridge walk along Whetstone Ridge, but the South Mountain section has a series of hilltops in its section.  Trail comes out onto Irish Creek Road (SR 603). There will be a 15 mile shuttle between trailheads.

 

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Wind Rock (Rt.613) to Pine Swamp Shelter and return.

 14.6 miles, Strenuous, $7.00 carpool fee

62 miles from Roanoke

 

We will start where the AT crosses Rt.613 near Wind Rock and head west passing by the Bailey Gap Shelter at 3.7 miles and then down 1,100 feet to Stony Creek Valley reaching the Pine Swamp shelter at 6.8 miles and stop for lunch.  Of course now we need to climb back up 1,100 feet to reach the top of Big Mountain and back to our start point.  If desired it is just another .2 miles to the Wind Rock view point on Potts Mountain.

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A.T., Wind Rock to Sinking Creek (Rt 630)

 13.8 miles,strenuous, $.6.00 carpool fee

60  miles from Roanoke

 

The hike is located in Craig and Giles County.  It starts near Wind Rock in the  11,172-acre Mountain Lake Wilderness Area. Wind Rock is on Potts Mountain, and has outstanding views.  The trail passes War Spur Shelter at 5.0 miles.  From Johns Creek Valley, the trail climbs steeply.  At 7.0 miles it crosses route 601 at Rocky Gap. At 8.8 miles a blue blazed trail on right  leads to White Rock, with great views of the New River Valley.  The trail then descends, passing Laurel Creek Shelter at 10.1 miles. At 12.5 miles the trail crosses Route 42 in Sinking Creek Valley.

 

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Wolf Creek Greenway

5 miles, Easy, $.00 carpool fee

0 miles from Vinton

Walk the Wolf Creek Greenway, starting at the Blue Ridge Parkway trailhead in Roanoke County, stopping for brunch at a local eatery en route to the Hardy Road trailhead, then returning. This is a mostly gravel trail with little elevation change that traverses several parks, schools, and neighborhoods, connecting Vinton to the Blue Ridge Parkway.