June 4


Mill Mountain Star Trail – [2024 Update] Unofficial Trail Guide

Written by Brian Bailey

June 4, 2021

Mill Mountain Star Trail Statistics


Distance in Miles


Elevation Gain in Feet


Hike Time in Hours


Picture-Worthy Spots

Mill Mountain Star Trail - Yoanoke

Mill Mountain Star Trail - Unofficial Trail Guide

 Must-see       Picnic Area        Zoo  

Mill Mountain Star Trail is located in Roanoke, Va and reaches the summit at the Mill Mountain Star. Also known as the Roanoke Star Hike, it is managed by Roanoke Parks and Recreation and is probably among the fewest of trails in North America that has a animal zoo at the summit.

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.

Mill Mountain Star Trail Location & Conditions

Mill Mountain Star Best Picture Locations

The Mill Mountain Star would be the easy suggestion for best picture on the trail, but there's also close to a 270 degree view of Downtown Roanoke you can use as the backdrop as well.

Mill Mountain Star Trail - Yoanoke

Mill Mountain Star Overlook

The Mill Mountain Star Trailhead is unassuming at first, situated right next to a electric transmission station. This is a classic hike not only to see the star but also the expansive view or Roanoke City as well as the peaks of McAfee Knob and Read Mountain.

How Tall is Mill Mountain Roanoke Va?

Mill Mountain and the Mill Mountain Star sit at 1,740 feet above sea level. The actual elevation gain of the Roanoke Star Trail is 800 feet. 

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