Go for a Hike

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Hay Rock Hike, February 8, 2015

cove view from hay rock

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Hay Rock is a formation high atop the Appalachian Trail just south of Daleville. Overlooking Carvins Cove and the Roanoke Valley, the views from this section of the Appalachian Trail are sure to be great. This 8 mile out and back hike follows Tinker Ridge and is a great day trip.The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Sunday, February 8 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, February 5.

 

Chestnut Ridge Trail Hike, February 19, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Chestnut Ridge trail is right outside of downtown Roanoke. Don’t pass up this gem of a hike! 5 miles on trails off of the back side of Mill Mountain that head towards the Blue Ridge Parkway allow for scenic views of the Roanoke Valley and the mountains around us. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, February 19 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Price: $6

Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke

Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, February 17.

 

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!

 

Fenwick Mines Hike, March 12, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) The Fenwick Mines trail is an interpretive trail that is a 2 mile out and back through wetlands and an old iron ore mining town to the waterfall. The waterfall is on Mill Creek and is about 12 feet in height. Come check out this little known gem in Craig County! The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, March 12 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Price: $6

Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke

Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, March 10.

 

Roaring Run Hike, March 19, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Roaring Run is an interactive trail that keeps you looking for wildlife and water at every turn. A relatively easy 2.5 mile hike to a series of waterfalls through a wild forest will be a day to remember. Enjoy the views of waterfalls and get an easy workout while exploring this gem in the Jefferson National Forest. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, March 19 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Price: $6

Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke

Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, March 17.

Bottom Creek Gorge Falls

Bottom Creek Gorge Hike, March 26, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Join us on an amazing hike to see Virginia’s second tallest waterfall in Bottom Creek Gorge. This moderate 5 mile hike through the Nature Conservancy will be highlighted by historical remnants and majestic views in this scenic gorge. Come explore one of the best kept secrets of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, March 26 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Price: $6

Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke

Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, March 24.

 

Falls Ridge Preserve Hike, April 2, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Falls Ridge Preserve is part of a steep, rugged ridge that rises from the valley of the North Fork of the Roanoke River and boasts a spring-fed travertine waterfall approximately 80 feet in height. The Salem Fault runs through the Nature Conservancy Preserve, dividing it into two different rock types and the corresponding difference in soil types generates a diversity of vegetation, particularly wildflowers and smaller flora, that are a must see on this 4.5 mile round trip hike. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, April 2 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Price: $6

Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke

Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, March 31.

 

Styles Falls Hike, April 9, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) This 45 foot waterfall is located on Camp Alta Mons property near Shawsville and is a little known gem in the area. The 3.5 mile round trip hike is an easy jaunt for the reward of the majestic view of the falls. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, April 9 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Price: $6

Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke

Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 7.

Cascades not frozen

Cascades Hike, April 16, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Travel with us to Giles County with its scenic mountains, streams, and vistas. We will explore a beautiful part of the Jefferson National Forest at the Cascades. At one time, travelers used this trail as a main corridor into the western part of what is now West Virginia. The trail up to the main cascade follows Little Stoney Creek and takes hikers on an adventure that makes this 4 mile round trip hike a must-see. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, April 16 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 14.

 

Apple Orchard Falls Hike, April 23, 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.

Crabtree falls big cascade

Crabtree Falls Hike, April 30, 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.

Crabtree falls valley view

Additional Spring Hikes

Harkening Hill Hike, March 21, 2015

(18+, 10+ with an adult) This loop is part of the trials 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: Saturday, March 21 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, March 19.

 

Flat Top Hike, April 11, 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: Saturday, April 11 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 9.

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.

 

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.