About 8.5 miles; 15 miles from Roanoke; $1.00 carpool fee; Strenuous
Terrain – Some steep portions; some off trail
This lollipop route begins and ends on the BRP near the Montvale Overlook. We will take the Spec Mines Trail down to a forest service road before going off trail for 1.5 miles up a branch to explore the abandoned munitions buildings and iron ore mine. Continuing up the old rail path to an unnamed trail, we descend again to the FS road which takes us back to the Spec Mines trail for our ascent to the parking area. Bring a flashlight if you would like to go into the mine.