Spec Mine Trail with trip to Spec Mines

7 miles – strenuous, 15 miles from Roanoke
$1.00 carpool fee This hike will begin at the Montvale Overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway. It will follow the Spec Mine Trail for 2.2 miles to Forest Road 634. We will head south on FS 634 about 1/2 mile and veer off into the woods (no trail) following a creek about 3/4 mile to Spec Mines. We will be crossing the creek several times, so be prepared. After visiting the area around the mines, we will then head back following the route of the old narrow-gauge rail which carried the iron ore from the mines. The hike will then proceed back to the Spec Mine Trail and to our starting point at the Montvale Overlook. Experienced hikers only!