Sawtooth Ridge Hike for FAMILY HIKING DAY!

This is one of four hikes offered in the Roanoke area to celebrate Family Hiking Day and National Public Lands Day! It also pairs nicely with a free visit to the Taubman Museum of Art for the “Explore-Inspire-Create” celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.

Held every year on National Public Lands Day, on Family Hiking Day the Appalachian Trail Conservancy invites families of all ages and hiking abilities to get outside and experience the adventure of being active on the Appalachian Trail! As an official National Public Lands Day event, participants in this hike will receive a voucher good for free entry to a federal fee site (e.g. Shenandoah National Park) in the coming year.

Check out the meetup event for more details about the Taubman Museum’s Explore-Inspire-Create event. Families are invited to explore the outdoors, then bring that inspiration to the Taubman to create and enjoy nature-themed art.

This hike to the overlook on Sawtooth Ridge is great for the whole family. A gradual climb, with a few narrow and rocky spots, leads to a rocky outcrop with great views of Masons Cove, Bradshaw Valley and Fort Lewis Mountain. While this 0.8-mile section is easier than most A.T. hikes in the area, it’s not the greenway–there will be rocks and roots, and a bit of a climb. Please wear close-toed shoes and be ready for uneven terrain.

We’ll return back the way we came, for a round trip hike of almost 2 miles. Depending on group interest. we may stop along the way for a quick Leave No Trace game or to identify plants and animals. Please bring a raincoat or poncho, at least one liter of water per hiker, and appropriate hiking shoes. You may want to bring a snack as well–we’ll hang out at the overlook for a little while to enjoy the view.

For more information contact hike leader Kathryn Herndon via meetup or at 540-904-4316 or

After the hike, Kathryn hope to see you at the Taubman for the Explore-Inspire-Create event!