June 5


Poor Mountain Trail – [2024 Update] Unofficial Trail Guide

Written by Brian Bailey

June 5, 2021

Easy Hike, Loop Hike, Nature Walk

Poor Mountain Trail Statistics


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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.

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.

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.

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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

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. 

Overlook Spur

The Overlook Spur off of the Canyon Loop Trail is where you'll find the best picture to take overlooking the northwest

Cascade Spur

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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