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9 Easy Hikes Near Roanoke Va – [2021] Unofficial Guide

Written by Brian Bailey

December 14, 2020

Adventure, Casual, Easy, Family


You may have read about the benefits of outdoor activities or the benefits of hiking and thought it all sounded good minus the physical exertion.

Last November, my grandma asked if she could go on a hike from a picture she saw of me on Facebook. It was a 7 mile round trip with incline so I had to tell her the hike probably wouldn't be the best conditions for her.

Whatever the reason for finding an easy hike around Roanoke, these sprawling vistas, rivers or cool looking rocks below are all within short distances.

Below are the 9 best easy Roanoke hikes you'll find that cater to all levels of cardio.

You may also like 20 Best Hikes Near Roanoke Va for both easy and challenging hikes.

Editor's Note: We try hard to be accurate in our reporting but please always use multiple references before driving to a trailhead as trail amenities and conditions can always change.

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1. Carvins Cove

 Easy Hikes    Kayaking    Bird Watching       

60

Miles of Trail

3

Trailheads

0

Food & Drink Options

6+

Primary Activities

At Carvins Cove you can choose your length of desired hike and incline with almost 60 miles of trail to choose from along and around the Carvins Cove area.

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2. Cascade Falls Trail

 Easy    Waterfalls    Picnic      

4.0

Distance

700

Elevation

2:00

Hike Time

1

Iconic Picture Spots

Cascade Falls Trail is a go-to easy hike in Pembroke, Va leading up to Cascade Falls. The terrain can get slippery during the wintertime but the waterfall is great in any season.

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3. Chestnut Ridge Trail

 Easy    Nature Trail    Picnic       

5.4

Distance

720

Elevation

2:00

Hike Time

1

Iconic Picture Spots

Chestnut Ridge Trail is for the nature purist. There's little in the way of vista or waterfalls, just surrounded by the forest making this a popular easy hike of Roanoke.

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4. Explore Park

 Easy    Nature Trails    Roanoke River       

14

Trail Miles

19

Trailheads

1

Food & Drink Options

6+

Primary Activities

Explore Park has 19 trails to choose from ranging in difficulty level. It's also less than five minutes away from Mayflower Hills Disc Golf Course which is kind of like an easy hike but with frisbees. 

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5. Fallingwater Cascades Trail

 Easy    Waterfalls    Blue Ridge Parkway       

1.4

Distance

420

Elevation

0:55

Hike Time

1

Iconic Picture Spots

Fallingwater Cascades Trail is a picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway waterfall that's not only easy, it's a loop hike so you'll never be on the same path more than once. 

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6. Mill Mountain Star Trail

 Medium    Panoramic Views    Overlooking Roanoke       

3.4

Distance

800

Elevation

2:10

Hike Time

1

Iconic Picture Spots

Also known as the Roanoke Star Hike,  Mill Mountain Star Trail is a medium-difficulty hike, this is one of the few trails you can drive to the top and reap all the benefits while skipping the actual hiking. You're able to make this hike as easy as you'd like it to be.

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7. Roanoke River Greenway

 Easy    Paved    Roanoke River       

13.5

Paved Miles

7

Trailheads

10+

Food & Drink Options

6+

Primary Activites

The Roanoke River Greenway, while not technically a hike, is an easy stroll with view of the Mill Mountain Star along the Roanoke River. 

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8. Roaring Run Hoop Hole Trail

 Easy    Waterfalls    Picnic       

1.5

Distance

300

Elevation

1:00

Hike Time

1

Iconic Picture Spots

Roaring Run Hoop Hole Trail doubles as a nature trail and a waterfall destination. Roaring Run Falls makes for one of the best waterfalls near Roanoke Va and the Hoop Hole Trail is an easy loop trail through natural vegetation. 

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9. Wind Rock Va

 Easy    Panoramic Views    Mountain Lake Wilderness       

1.0

Distance

400

Elevation

0:15

Hike Time

1

Iconic Picture Spots

For the amount of work you have to put into this hike (0.5 miles one way), Wind Rock Va has one of the best views you could ask for on the Appalachian Trail. 

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