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.

 

Carvins Cove Hiking Series NEW!

Trough and Gauntlet (3 boots) NEW! gauntlet trail sign

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Carvins Cove has some great hikes with beautiful vistas. Join us as we explore the Trough and Gauntlet trails and the beautiful winter views they afford of the Roanoke Valley on this 6 mile loop hike with about 1,000 feet of elevation gain. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here by Tuesday, February 9.

Winter Hikes

Pandapas Pond Hike (3 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) The Pandapas Pond Trail system in Blacksburg boasts over 20 miles of multiuse trails. Join us on a 6 mile hike to explore this beautiful gem in Montgomery County. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Saturday, February 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, February 18.

Full Moon Hike to Sharp Top (3 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Everything changes after dark–the trails, the trees, the entire trail. Join us on the Blue Ridge Parkway and experience Sharp Top in a whole new light. Take in inspiring views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as the moon rises over the mountains and surrounding valley. Listen for owls and absorb the peace, tranquility and beauty of the trail after sunset. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Monday, February 22, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Price: $10
Departure Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here by Thursday, February 18.

 

Spring Hikes

Waterfalls and Wildflowers Hiking Series

Fenwick Mines Hike (1 Boot)

(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 10, 2016fenwick
Time: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here by Tuesday, March 8.

Meeting Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here by Thursday, March 10.

Roaring Run Hike (1 Boot)

(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 17, 2016roaring run
Time: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here by Tuesday, March 15

Meeting Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Price: $6
Departure Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here by Thursday, March 17.

Falls Ridge Preserve Hike (2 Boots)

(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 hike. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016falls ridge
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, March 22.

Meeting Date: Saturday, March 26, 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, March 24.

Cascades Hike (2 Boots)

(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 Stony Creek and takes hikers on an adventure that makes this four mile round trip hike a must see! The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016cascades
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, March 29.

Meeting Date: Saturday, April 2, 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, March 31.

Mill Creek Falls Hike (3 Boots) NEW!!

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Mill Creek Falls is a hidden gem in Giles County. Built by local volunteers, this trail system meanders up Mill Creek to a half mile series of waterfalls and then loops back down Pearis Mountain. We will enjoy a 5 mile strenuous hike that takes in the best this trail system has to offer. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016mill creek trail signs
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, April 5.

Meeting Date: Saturday, April 9, 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, April 7.

Apple Orchard Falls Hike (4 Boots)

(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 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, April 12.

Meeting Date: Saturday, April 16, 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, April 14.

Crabtree Falls Hike (4 Boots)

(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 21, 2016Crabtree falls big cascade
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, April 19.

Meeting Date: Saturday, April 23, 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, April 21.

Additional Spring Hikes

Price Mountain and Sulphur Springs Ridge Hike (4 Boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) The 6 mile hike on the border of Botetourt and Craig Counties takes you on an adventure and challenge to climb Price Mountain! Sulphur Springs trail takes hikers along a beautiful creek, but the challenge is on when climbing up to Price Mountain and its 1,500 feet of elevation gain. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, May 5, 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 3.

Bottom Creek Gorge Hike (2 Boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Join us on an amazing hike to see a beautiful waterfall and old homesteads 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 in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016 bottom creek in the gorge
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, May 10.

Stuart’s Knob Hike (3 Boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) This hike in Fairy Stone State Park will take you on an historic and outdoor adventure. This approximately 4 mile hike past old iron mines and through beautiful forests also starts and ends at Philpott Lake. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016stuarts knob iron mine
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 17.

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.