North Mountain

10.4 miles, strenuous terrain

18 miles from Roanoke, $2.00 carpool fee

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 VA-779. The rest of the hike is an up-and-down ridge walk, with views on both sides visible through the trees in winter, finishing at VA-311 near the Dragon’s Tooth parking lot.