Go for a Hike

Take a Hike! Check out the hikes we are offering this season below. The hike difficulty is denoted by the number of “boots” listed.
“One Boot” is a hike that is relatively flat with gradual ascending and descending and is one to three miles in length.
“Two Boots” is a hike that has moderate ascending and descending and is two to four miles in length.
“Three Boots” is a hike that has more “technical trail” (rocks, roots, etc.), strenuous ascending and descending, and three or more miles long.
“Four Boots” is a hike that has very “technical trail” (rocks, roots, etc.), very strenuous ascending and descending, and five or more miles long.

Summer Hikes

State Park Hiking Series NEW!

Smith Mountain Lake State Park Hike (2 boots) NEW! sml state park island

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Smith Mountain Lake State Park rests in beautiful Bedford County. The state park has 12 miles of trails which all provide spectacular views of the lake. Join us for an easy 5 mile hike with a gain of 136 feet of elevation to explore just a taste of what Smith Mountain Lake has to offer. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here by Tuesday, July 5.

Claytor Lake State Park Hike (1 boot) NEW!

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Nestled away in Dublin, Claytor Lake has 472 acres with three miles of lake frontage. Known for sports, boating, weddings, and cabins, the park also has close to 5 miles of trails. Come join us as we explore the park’s trails and lakefront. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, July 14, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here by Tuesday, July 12.

Fairy Stone State Park Hike (2 boots) fairy stone little mountain falls

(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 park 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: Thursday, July 21, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here by Tuesday, July 19.

Douthat State Park Hike (4 boots) douthat view tuscarora overlook

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Strap up your boots and stretch those legs! Tucked away in the Alleghany Mountains in Bath County is one of the original state parks in Virginia. Come hike Douthat State Park as we take on a 10 mile hike with 2,200 feet of elevation gain! Although the hike may seem intense, stick with it for gorgeous views of Blue Suck Falls and the most rewarding view of the Alleghany Mountains. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, July 28, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here by Tuesday, July 26.

Peaks of Otter Hiking Series

Harkening Hill Hike (2 boots) harkening hill johnson farm

(18+, 10+ with an adult) This loop is part of the trails at the Peaks of Otter area on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This hike differs from the peaks of Flat Top and Sharp Top mountains as it features the historical Johnson Farm near the conclusion of the 4 mile loop. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, August 4, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here by Tuesday, August 2.

Meeting Date: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here by Thursday, August 4.

Flat Top Hike (3 boots) flat top foliage

(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 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 11, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here by Tuesday, August 9.

Meeting Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here by Thursday, August 11.

Sharp Top Hike (3 boots) sharp top sign

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Challenge yourself as we climb to the summit of Sharp Top at the Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This 1.5 mile hike (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 18, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here by Tuesday, August 16.

Meeting Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here by Thursday, August 18.

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Roanoke 7 Summits

(All Ages) The Roanoke 7 Summits is back! This is a unique event that combines our region’s premier trails with an active living awareness program. The “Roanoke 7 Summits” is a fun play off of the international mountaineering challenge of climbing each of the 7 continents highest mountains. By taking this challenge you’ll hike to the summit of 7 of the Roanoke region’s top mountain summits in a seven week span. It demands great attitude, determination, exploration, and pushing yourself to new levels.

Each summit has multiple group hike dates. These will be formally guided hikes that are not included in the Roanoke 7 Summits registration fee, but for only $6 per hike, are a great chance to get out there with an experienced hiker, meet hiking buddies, and enjoy the energy of the group effort to get to each summit. Of course, if you prefer, you can also do each hike on your own.

Your official registration includes a t shirt, consistent e-mail and blog posts with status updates, hiking routes, and extra motivation. New this year is a full loop hike on Read Mountain to Buzzard’s Rock as well as Boulder Point and Summit Ridge!

Be a Summiteer and join the Roanoke 7 Summits! Check out Roanoke7Summits.com for more details.

Dates: September 15-November 5
Price: $25 includes a shirt
Guided hikes are listed below and an additional $6 per hike.
The deadline to register for the overall Roanoke 7 Summits program is Tuesday, September 27.

Week 1: Mill Mountain Hike (1 boot)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Mill Mountain towers over Downtown Roanoke and with the iconic star at the top, it is a great place for our Roanoke 7 Summits series to begin! Join us as we hike the legendary Star trail all the way to the overlook at the top. Once we soak in the beauty of the Roanoke Valley, we will return to the Riverland Road Parking Lot via the Ridgeline, Sidewinder, and Woodthrush trails to complete a 3.5 mile hike. The program fee includes leadership.

Date: Thursday, September 15sepia star
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Riverland Road Parking Lot at Mill Mountain
The deadline to register is Tuesday, September 13.

Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Riverland Road Parking Lot at Mill Mountain
The deadline to register is Thursday, September 15.

 Week 2: Read Mountain Hike (2 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Read Mountain is located in Roanoke County and is one of the newest trail systems in the area. This 5.2 mile round trip hike to Buzzard’s Rock, Boulder Point, and Summit Ridge provides views of McAfee Knob and Botetourt County with beautiful rock outcroppings and many chances to see wildlife. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, September 22 daughter at buzzard rocks
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, September 20.

Date: Saturday, September 24
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Thursday, September 22.

Week 3: Poor Mountain Hike (3 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve is located just outside of Salem and is a hidden gem in the Roanoke area. This trail system contains the globally rare pirate bush plant and we will hike the 3.8 mile loop that travels down to the creek and back up to the overlook. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, September 29 vista 1
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, September 27.

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Thursday, September 29.

Week 4: Sharp Top Hike (3 boots)

(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.

Date: Thursday, October 6 sharp top sign
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 4.

Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Thursday, October 6.

Week 5: Dragon’s Tooth Hike (3 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) A must do on the Roanoke hiking list, Dragon’s Tooth is a 5.2 mile out and back hike to an overlook on the Appalachian Trail that is going to be in peak leaf color this time of year. This hike has several technical sections that require some rock scrambling and the elevation gain can be considered strenuous. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, October 20 dragons tooth view
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 18.

Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Thursday, October 20.

Week 6: Tinker Cliffs Hike (4 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Tinker Cliffs is the lesser hiked of the peaks, but has arguably the best view of them all! We will start at the base of the ridge on the Andy Layne Trail and hike up to the Appalachian Trail at Scorched Earth Gap, where we will take the AT south to the Tinker Cliffs overlook. Voted the most difficult hike of past Roanoke 7 Summits programs, this 7.2 mile out and back hike was also voted the best of the series last year. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, October 27 relaxed skirt hiker
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 25.

Date: Saturday, October 29
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Thursday, October 27.

Week 7: McAfee Knob (4 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) McAfee Knob is the most photographed view along the Appalachian Trail, and for good reason! The 270 degree view is amazing with sights of Catawba Valley, Tinker Cliffs, and the Roanoke Valley; this is the iconic capstone of the Roanoke 7 Summits series. 7.8 miles out and back with over 1,000 feet of elevation gain is worth every drop of sweat for the reward at the top. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, November 3 speia mcafee
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 1.

Date: Saturday, November 5
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Thursday, November 3.

Additional Fall Hikes

Dody Ridge Hike (2 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) There are some great trails off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but this one may be the best. Join us as we hike 4 miles total on an out and back trail from the Day Creek area up to the top of Dody Ridge. This ridge comes off of the Blue Ridge Parkway and provides spectacular views of Montvale and much of Bedford County. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, November 17dody ridge boulder garden
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 15.

 

 

Devil’s Marbleyard Hike (2 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) The three mile round trip hike will take hikers to a boulder field that deserves more than its “heavenly” name. Recently named one of Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine’s Ultimate 100 activities, great views, unique boulders, and good company are sure to be had on this excursion. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Saturday, November 19 devils marbleyard
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Thursday, November 17.

 

 

Chestnut Ridge Trail Hike (2 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Chestnut Ridge trail is right outside of downtown Roanoke, but 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.

Date: Thursday, December 1 ChestnutRidgeTrail
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 29.