Go for a Hike

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Spring Waterfall Hiking Series

Spring is a great time to go and see waterfalls. Not only do they have the most water in them at that time, but the wildflowers and leaves coming out on the trees make for great scenery as well as pictures! Join us for the 8 week series in March and April to some of the most beautiful locations in Virginia!

Apple Orchard Falls Hike, April 23, 2015 and NEW DATE ADDED–April 22, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) One of the state’s tallest waterfalls, Apple Orchard Falls is located at high elevations near the Blue Ridge Parkway near Buchanan. The 7.5 mile loop trail boasts almost 1,700 feet of elevation gain, but the work is worth the amazing views of the falls, streams, and surrounding valleys. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, April 23 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 21.

NEW SECTION ADDED:

Meeting Date: Wednesday, April 22 900 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Public Works 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Monday, April 20.

Crabtree falls big cascade

Crabtree Falls Hike, April 30, 2015 and NEW DATE ADDED–April 29, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Crabtree Falls is the tallest waterfall in Virginia and the cascading creek is a must see in a waterfall hike series. The 4.4 mile out and back hike gains almost 1,900 feet of elevation as hikers wind up sets of stairs and steep trail near the falls to get to the amazing views of the Tye River Valley at the top. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, April 30 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 28.

NEW SECTION ADDED:

Meeting Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Public Works 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Monday, April 27.

Crabtree falls valley view

Additional Spring Hikes

sharp top view of peaks lodge

DeHart Gardens Hike, May 2, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) This hike travels to Meadows of Dan to explore the 200 acre DeHart Gardens, recently acquired by Ferrum College. This 5.8 mile hike will take participants on a tour to a waterfall, afford views of Rocky Knob, and travel past 400 species of flora and fauna. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Saturday, May 2 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Thursday, April 30.

 

Old Hotel and Cold Mountain Hike, May 14, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Rated as one of the top 10 hikes in Virginia, the Old Hotel and Cold Mountain Loop is a moderate 5.8 mile hike with serious view payoffs at the summit. Situated in Amherst County in the George Washington National Forest, this trail is one of Central Virginia’s only hikes to cross a bald. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, May 14 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 12.

jacobs drop

Kelly Knob Hike, May 21, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) A 6.6 mile out and back on the Appalachian Trail, Kelly Knob is located on a ridge that bridges the valley between John’s Creek Mountain and Clover Hollow Mountain in Craig County. While Kelly Knob is not the highest point, it has a fantastic vista of the New River Valley and is surrounded by 50 foot sandstone cliffs on the east and south sides. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, May 21 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 19.

 

Beard’s Mountain Hike, May 28, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Douthat State Park is one of Virginia’s jewels. Voted as one of the nation’s best state parks, it boasts over 43 miles of trails. This 7 mile moderate hike climbs to the top of Beard’s Mountain and provides spectacular views of Warm Springs Mountain, the Cowpasture River Valley, and Douthat Lake. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, May 28 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 26.

grouse trail blaze

Summer Hikes

Fairy Stone State Park Hike, June 20, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) There is something magical about this park, and it is not just the cross shaped stones. These “fairy stones” are an interesting find, but you will have to keep your eyes out for them on the trails. This state parks wraps around Philpott Lake and up onto the mountains around it offering impressive views on this 4 mile hike. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Saturday, June 20 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Thursday, June 18.

poor mountain view

Grassy Hill Natural Area Preserve Hike, July 16, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Encompassing much of a three mile long ridge in the western piedmont, the Grassy Hill Nature Preserve is home to many rare plant species. Join us as we explore the many different plant habitats that stretch throughout the preserve’s 6 miles of trails. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, July 14.

rocks near a trail

Waid Recreation Area Hike, July 19, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Nestled in the Franklin County foothills and along the banks of the Pigg River, this 500 acre park offers a variety of hiking opportunities. This trip will take participants on a 5 mile hike on the shaded trails and near the river. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Sunday, July 19, 2015 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Thursday, July 16.

mount plesant ferns betterMount Pleasant Hike, July 30, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Mount Pleasant is aptly named and offers so much for such little work. For the price of a small elevation gain, hikers get to bag two of the Blue Ridge’s highest peaks for the price of one–Mount Pleasant and Pompey Mountain. This 6.6 mile loop hike offers majestic views, thick masses of rhododendron and mountain laurel, forests of hardwoods and ferns, and pockets of high grass open forest. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, July 28.

mount plesant view

Hoop Hole Hike, August 23, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Hoop Hole is located about 30 minutes north of Roanoke in an inconspicuous corner of Botetourt County on the eastern side of Pine Mountain. We will hike the lower Hoop Hole circuit, which is about 4 miles round trip. The loop follows winding streams providing scenic views through rhododendron in this back country nook that is formed by 7 different peaks. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Sunday, August 23, 2015 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Thursday, August 20.

Peaks of Otter Hiking Series
Harkening Hill Hike, August 13, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) This loop is part of the trails at the Peaks of Otter area on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Like the treks to the peaks of Flat Top and Sharp Top mountains, it features excellent vistas; however it also has historical meaning which participants will discover as the 4 mile trail winds past Johnson Farm. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, August 11.

sharp top sign

Sharp Top Hike, August 20, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Challenge yourself as we climb to the summit of Sharp Top at Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This 1.5 mile hike up the mountain (3 miles round trip) will give you quite the workout but it is worth the 360 degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, August 18.

sharp top view

Flat Top Hike, August 27, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Flat Top is a classic Virginia Hike. This 5.2 mile round trip (out and back) hike at the Peaks of Otter is one that will leave you wanting to return and hike some more. This lovely trail is full of wonderful views, large rock formations, and flora that changes with each turn of the trail, including huge oak, poplar, hickory and beech trees, mountain laurel, rhododendron, and an assortment of wildflowers. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, August 25.