Hiking

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.

 

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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.

Winter Hikes
Carvins Cove Hiking Series
The Lowers: Arrowhead, Enchanted Forest, and Little Bell (2 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Enjoy great views of the reservoir as well as beautiful trails with rhododendron lined creeks and pine forests on this hike through the lower elevations at Carvins Cove. This four mile hike has less than 500 feet of elevation gain and is a great beginner hike! The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, December 8 CarvinsCoveRunnerLarge
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, December 6.

Date: Saturday, December 10
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Wednesday, December 7.

Hotel, Buck, and Hi Dee Hoe (3 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) This loop off of the Bennett Springs Parking Lot is one of the best hikes at Carvins Cove. With views of Mason Cove, downtown Roanoke, and McAfee Knob, this 6 mile hike with about 1,000 feet of elevation gain is a must do! The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, December 15 more buck in fall
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, December 13.

Date: Saturday, December 17
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Wednesday, December 14.

Rattlin’ Run and Four Gorges (3 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Rattlin’ Run is our gnarliest trail at Carvins Cove and in addition to some great views, it also boasts some impressive rock features. Join us on a 6 mile hike with about 1,000 feet of elevation gain to explore this great nook of the Cove. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, January 12 Rattlin Run BSL side
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, January 10.

Date: Saturday, January 14
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Wednesday, January 11.

4 Gorge Extension, Kerncliff, and Comet (2 boots) NEW

(18+, 10+ with an adult) This 4 mile loop hike with about 850 feet of elevation offers views of Tinker Mountain, McAfee Knob, and Carvins Cove. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, January 26 Carvins Cove
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, January 24.

Date: Saturday, January 28
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Wednesday, January 25.

Trough, Gauntlet and Lakeside (4 boots)

Carvins Cove has some great hikes with beautiful vistas. Join us as we explore the trails off of the Timberview Parking Lot and the beautiful winter views they afford of the Roanoke Valley on this 8 mile hike with about 1,200 feet of elevation gain. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, February 9 lakeside shot
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, February 7.

Date: Saturday, February 11
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Wednesday, February 8.