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Grassy Hill Natural Area Preserve Hike, August 28, 2014

(18+, 10+ with an adult)  Encompassing much of a three mile long ridge in the western piedmont, the Grassy Hill Nature Preserve is home to many rare plant species.  Join us as we’ll explore the many different plant habitat communities that stretch throughout the preserve’s 6 miles of trails.  Fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date:      Thursday, August 28th 9:00am-5:00pm

Price:                       $6.00

Register Here. The deadline to register is August 26th.

This program meets at the Norwich Venture Center at 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke.

Hoop Hole Hike, September 4, 2014

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Hoop Hole is located about 30 minutes north of Roanoke in an inconspicuous corner of Botetourt County on the eastern side of Pine Mountain. We will hike the lower Hoop Hole circuit, about 4 miles round trip. The loop follows winding streams providing scenic views through rhododendron in this back country nook that is formed by seven different peaks. Fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date:      Thursday, September 4th 9:00am-5:00pm

Price:                       $6.00

Register Here. The deadline to register is September 2nd.

This program meets at the Norwich Venture Center at 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke.

 

Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory Hike,  September 7,2014

Since 1952, Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory on Peters Mountain has been a monitoring point for hawk, eagle, falcon, and osprey migration along the birds’ eastern route. Join us as we take a short hike on the Allegheny Trail in West Virginia to celebrate one of autumn’s most remarkable spectacles. We’ll learn about the migration process and how to identify and view migrating birds of prey on their extraordinary journey Southward. Price includes transportation, leadership and interpretation.

Meeting Date:      Sunday, September 7th 7:00am-4:00pm

Price:                       $9.00

Register Here. The deadline to register is September 4th.

This program meets at Public Works at 1802 Courtland Rd NE in Roanoke

 

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Full Moon Hike to McAfee Knob, September 8, 2014

(18+, 10+ with an adult) McAfee Knob is the iconic hike in the region and doing it by the light of the moon is one of Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine’s Ultimate 100 things to do in the Roanoke Valley. Join us for a great hike to an amazing view on this 7.8 mile round trip hike. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Monday, September 8th at 5:30pm

Price: $10

Register Here. The deadline to register is September 4.

This program meets at Public Works at 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke.

 

Roanoke Epic Wilderness Hiking Series

Leading up to the September Weekend for Wilderness event, Roanoke Parks and Recreation will be hosting the “Roanoke Epic Wilderness Hike Series.” This series is designed to take participants to the five wilderness areas that are closest to Roanoke and allow them to explore these lands with intention.

Mountain Lake Wilderness Hike, September 11, 2014

 (18+, 10+ with an adult) Part of the Roanoke Epic Wilderness Series, 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  includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, September 11th 9:00am-5:00pm

Price: Free

Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, September 9

This program meets at Norwich Recreation Center at 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke.

James River Face Wilderness Hike, September 13, 2014

(18+, 10+ with an adult) The James River Face Wilderness is located on the southern bank of the James River near Balcony Falls on the north and borders Thunder Ridge Wilderness on the South. Join us for the iconic hike in this wilderness area—Devil’s Marbleyard for a 3 mile out and back experience with some opportunities to climb some rocks to earn a stellar view. The program includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Saturday, September 13th 9:00am-5:00pm

Price: Free

Register Here. The deadline to register is Thursday, September 11.

This program meets at Public Works at 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke.

Thunder Ridge Wilderness Hike, September 16, 2014creek along trail

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Thunder Ridge Wilderness Area borders James River Face Wilderness on the north and is the smallest wilderness area in Virginia. Join us for a 7 mile out and back hike on the Appalachian Trail through this wilderness area. The program includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Tuesday, September 16th 9:00am-5:00pm

Price: Free

Register Here. The deadline to register is Sunday, September 14.

This program meets at Norwich Recreation Center at 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke.

Brush Mountain Wilderness Hike, September 18, 2014

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Audie Murphy was the most decorated soldier in World War 2. Join us on an 8 mile out and back hike from SR 621 to the Brush Mountain summit to the Audie Murphy Monument in celebration of the Brush Mountain Wilderness. The program includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, September 18th 9:00am-5:00pm

Price: Free

Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, September 16.

This program meets at Norwich Recreation Center at 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke.

buckPeters Mountain Wilderness Hike, September 20, 2014

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Peters Mountain Wilderness is along the border of Virginia and West Virginia. This remote wilderness hike along the Appalachian Trail near Pine Swamp shelter will explore this rarely visited gem. The program includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Saturday, September 20th 9:00am-5:00pm

Price: Free

Register Here. The deadline to register is Thursday, September 18.

This program meets at Public Works at 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke.

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(All Ages) The Roanoke 7 Summits is back with new summits and new challenges. This is a unique event that combines our regions 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 seven continents highest mountains.  By taking this challenge you’ll hike to the summit of seven of the Roanoke Region’s top mountain summits in a seven week span.  It demands a great attitude, determination, exploration, and pushing yourself to new levels.

Each summit has multiple group hike dates through City of Roanoke Parks and Recreation.  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. And if you’re into free gear, all participants are entered into random drawings to win free giveaways throughout the 7 weeks.

Be a Summiteer and join the Roanoke 7 Summits! Check out www.roanoke7summits.com for more details.

Program Dates: Thursday, September 25-Saturday, November 8th

Guided hikes are available at an additional cost of $6 per hike on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00am-5:00pm

Price: $25 for the program includes a shirt; $6 for each guided hike

Guided Hikes depart from the Norwich Center on Thursdays and Public Works on Saturdays.

Register Here. The deadline to register for the program is Tuesday, September 23.

 

Week 1: Mill Mountain Hike, September 25/September 27, 2014

Walkabout is a great spot for advice and gear.

Walkabout Outfitter is our main sponsor for Roanoke 7 Summits. Visit their downtown location or Valley View for advice and great gear!

(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 3.4 miles out and back from Riverland Road all the way to the overlook at the top. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Dates: Thursday, September 25 and Saturday, September 27 9:00am-1:00pm

Price: $6

Departure location: Norwich Center on Thursday/Public Works Service Center on Saturday

The deadline to register is Tuesday, September 23 for Thursday and Thursday, September 25 for Saturday.

Week 2: Sawtooth Ridge Hike , October 2/October 4, 2014

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Sawtooth Ridge is opposite McAfee Knob on Catawba Mountain. This short, but moderate in difficulty, 1.2 mile out and back hike on the Appalachian Trail takes participants to a rock outcropping with amazing views of Fort Lewis Mountain, Carvins Cove, and the Mason Creek Valley.  The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Dates: Thursday, October 2 and Saturday, October 4 9:00am-1:00pm

Price: $6

Departure location: Norwich Center on Thursday/Public Works Service Center on Saturday

The deadline to register is Tuesday, September 30 for Thursday and Thursday, October 2 for Saturday.

Week 3: Read Mountain Hike, October 9/October 11, 2014

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Read Mountain is located in Roanoke County and is one of the newest trail systems in the area. This 3.8 mile round trip hike to Buzzard’s Rock 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.

Meeting Dates: Thursday, October 9 and Saturday, October 11 9:00am-3:00pm

Price: $6

Departure location: Norwich Center on Thursday/Public Works Service Center on Saturday

The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 7 for Thursday and Thursday, October 9 for Saturday.

Week 4: Poor Mountain Hike, October 16/October 18, 2014poor mountain view

(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 do the 3.8 mile loop that travels down to the creek and back up to the overlook.  The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Dates: Thursday, October 16 and Saturday, October 18 9:00am-3:00pm

Price: $6

Departure location: Norwich Center on Thursday/Public Works Service Center on Saturday

The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 14 for Thursday and Thursday, October 16 for Saturday.

Week 5: Dragon’s Tooth Hike, October 23/October 25, 2014

(18+, 10+ with an adult) A must-do in 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.dragons tooth view

Meeting Dates: Thursday, October 23 and Saturday, October 25 9:00am-5:00pm

Price: $6

Departure location: Norwich Center on Thursday/Public Works Service Center on Saturday

The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 21 for Thursday and Thursday, October 23 for Saturday.

Week 6: Tinker Cliffs Hike, October 30/November 1, 2014

(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 6.6 mile out and back hike was also voted the best of the series last year. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Dates: Thursday, October 30 and Saturday, November 1 9:00am-5:00pm

Price: $6

Departure location: Norwich Center on Thursday/Public Works Service Center on Saturday

The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 28 for Thursday and Thursday, October 30 for Saturday.

Week 7: McAfee Knob Hike, November 6/November 8, 2014

(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 to 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.

Meeting Dates: Thursday, November 6 and Saturday, November 8 9:00am-5:00pm

Price: $6

Departure location: Norwich Center on Thursday/Public Works Service Center on Saturday

The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 4 for Thursday and Thursday, November 6 for Saturday.

Catawba Final

Catawba Challenge, November 16, 2014

 (18+) If Roanoke 7 Summits got you fired up about local hikes, take it to the next level with the Catawba Challenge!  This hike is the best of the best in the region—almost 20 miles of scenic Appalachian Trail with over 3,000 feet of elevation all in one day! Bring your “A” game for this one folks. It’s looking like a 4:00am alpine start, light and fast, high adventure experience ahead! Starting at US 220 in Daleville, we will hike as a group to VA 311 near Catawba all in one fell swoop, finishing with none other than a celebratory dinner at the Homeplace Restaurant in Catawba. Price includes guided hike, dinner at the Homeplace, and transportation. This is an extremely difficult hike and recommended only for advanced hikers.

Meeting Date: Sunday, November 16th 4:00am-6:00pm

Price: $35

Departure location: Public Works Service Center at 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke.

Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 11.

 

Douthat State Park Hike, December 4, 2014

(18+, 10+ with an adult)Douthat State Park hosts trails with exceptional views of both mountains and lakes. Nestled in the Alleghany Mountains, we will explore the trail system linking several trails together for a hike that will be approximately 5 miles in length. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, December 4 9:00am-5:00pm

Price: $6

Departure location: Norwich Center at 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke.

Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, December 2.