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8 Walking Trails in Roanoke Va – [2021] Unofficial Trail Guide

Written by Brian Bailey

June 17, 2021

Bears?, Birds, Nature Walks, Wildlife

Nature Walks Near Roanoke Va - Fulhardt Knob - Yoanoke

8 Walking Trails in Roanoke Va - (2021) Unofficial Trail Guide

 Walking     Jogging     Fishing      Picnic    Dog Walking    Bird Watching 

Walking Trails in Roanoke Va are somewhat easy to come by but not all of them can be peaceful. The social environment of a hike like McAfee Knob is nice at times but can scare away birds and butterflies. Below are 8 Walking Trails in Roanoke Va that I've found to be either less crowded or less noisy, and in turn these seem to have more wildlife flying, fluttering or buzzing around.


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. All hike times are approximated using Naismith's Rule.

Bottom Creek Gorge - Hikes Around Roanoke - Yoanoke

1. Bottom Creek Gorge

 Medium Difficulty    Waterfalls    River       

4.8

Distance

900

Elevation

2:00

Hike Time

2

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Bottom Creek Gorge is managed by the Nature Conservancy and you're able to choose a walking trail to either a waterfall, a gorge or both.

Nature Walks Near Roanoke Va - Chestnut Ridge Trail - Yoanoke

2. Chestnut Ridge Trail

 Easy    Nature Trail    Picnic       

5.4

Distance

720

Elevation

2:00

Hike Time

1

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Chestnut Ridge Trail is located just off Mill Mountain Parkway by Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area. Chestnut Ridge Trail is the ultimate walking trail in Roanoke Va because it is less popular (i.e. quiet) and close to downtown Roanoke.

Nature Walks Near Roanoke Va - Fulhardt Knob - Yoanoke

3. Fulhardt Knob via Appalachian Trail

 Medium-to-Difficult   Panoramic Views    Appalachian Trail      

7.6

Distance

1,700

Elevation

4:00

Hike Time

1

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Fulhardt Knob is a favorite nature walk near Roanoke, Va. There is large elevation gain so this trail can be difficult at times. However this is a sparsely used portion of the Appalachian Trail and the natural elements seem to be more alive in this area...

Nature Walks Near Roanoke Va - Harkening Hill Peaks of Otter - Yoanoke

4. Harkening Hill

 Medium Difficulty    Panoramic Views    Blue Ridge Parkway       

4.3

Distance

900

Elevation

2:25

Hike Time

1

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Harkening Hill is one of the lesser know peaks of Peaks of Otter which makes for a more quiet hike. The hike has a great overlook at the top and a very interesting selection of balancing rocks along the way...

Poor Mountai Peak scaled

5. Poor Mountain Trail

 Medium Difficulty    Panoramic Views    Small Waterfalls      

3.9

Distance

940

Elevation

2:00

Hike Time

1

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Poor Mountain Trail meets all the criteria of a nature walk; it's the epitome of a quiet easy walk with the natural elements. This is also a loop trail which adds to the variety of what you can see...

Roaring Run Falls scaled

6. Roaring Run Falls

 Easy    Waterfalls    Picnic       

1.5

Distance

300

Elevation

1:00

Hike Time

1

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Roaring Run Falls is a great waterfall hike while it's sister trail of Hoop Hole Run and the Iron Ore trail will take you off of the stream and surround you in George Washington & Jefferson National Forest.

Nature Walks Near Roanoke Va - Explore Park - Yoanoke

7. Explore Park

 Nature Walk    Disc Golf    Camping       

14

Miles of Trail

19

Trailheads

1

Food & Drink Options

6+

Primary Activities

Explore Park has 19 trails to choose from, a historic village, and of course the Roanoke River running through it all. It's a go-to spot for walking trails in Roanoke Va and just an 18 minute drive from Downtown.

Nature Walks Near Roanoke Va - Carvin's Cove - Yoanoke

8. Carvins Cove 

 Nature Walk    Mountain Biking    Horseback      

60

Miles of Trail

3

Trailheads

0

Food & Drink Options

6+

Primary Activities

Carvins Cove will offer a great nature walk if you enter in the right trailhead. For the more quiet access I recommend the Timberview Parking Lot. It seems to be the lesser-used trailhead and gives you full access to the trails.

Map to 8 Walking Trails in Roanoke Va

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