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Poor Mountain Trail - Unofficial Trail Guide
Canyon Loop Small Waterfall
Poor Mountain Trail is managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and is a classic nature walk and easy hiking favorite of Roanoke.
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Poor Mountain Trail Location
Best Picture Location at Poor Mountain
The Poor Mountain Natural Preserve Overlook is about a mile down Canyon Trail going Counter-clockwise and is probably the best overlook in the preserve.
Poor Mountain Trail Additional Info
Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve is a great way to enjoy nature but not exert yourself. This hike is a canyon loop going down to a stream at the bottom and coming up to the Poor Mountain Overlook looking to the North.
Piratebush Loop Trail
When you arrive at the Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve Trailhead, you'll immediately get on Piratebush Loop Trail and follow that shortly until you hit Canyon Trail.
Canyon Trail is a four mile loop trail you'll hit after walking along Piratebush Loop Trail. The loop trail has two spur trails, one in the canyon and one overlook, that are worth the quick extra distance.
The Overlook Spur off of the Canyon Loop Trail is where you'll find the best picture to take overlooking the northwest
The Cascade Spur Trail off of the Canyon Loop Trail is a short peaceful walk off the main trail along a small creek with several small waterfalls along the stream.
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