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.

Spring Hikes

Smart View Recreation Area Hike (1 Boot) NEW!!

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Explore your Blue Ridge! Smart View Recreation Area boasts a great beginner 3 mile hike off the Blue Ridge Parkway. This trail meanders through meadows, blackberry bushes, and diverse woodlands past an historic cabin from the 1890s. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Sunday, May 22, 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, May 19.

Wind Rock War Spur Loop Hike (2 Boots) wind rock view

(18+, 10+ with an adult) This hike will take participants to Mountain Lake Wilderness in Giles County. There we will shuttle to two different hike locations–War Spur Loop and Wind Rock Overlook–for a 2.7 mile and 0.8 mile hiking experience that includes great views with minimal effort in this vast wilderness. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, May 26, 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, May 24.

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.