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.

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Hoop Hole Hike, August 23, 2015 (3 boots)

(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, which is about 4 miles round trip. The loop follows winding streams providing scenic views through rhododendron in this back country nook that is formed by 7 different peaks. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Sunday, August 23, 2015 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Thursday, August 20.

Peaks of Otter Hiking Series

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Sharp Top Hike, August 20, 2015 (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.

Meeting Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, August 18.

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Flat Top Hike, August 27, 2015 (3 boots)

(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 lovely 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 27, 2015 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, August 25.

Fall Hikes

Dody Ridge Hike, September 10, 2015 (3 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) There are some great trails off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Botetourt Counties, but this one may be the best. Join us as we hike approximately 5 miles total on an out and back trail from the Day Creek area up to the top of Dody Ridge. This ridge comes off the Blue Ridge Parkway and provides spectacular views of Montvale and much of Bedford County. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Meeting Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center 2127 Buford Ave SW in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Tuesday, September 8.

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Devil’s Marbleyard Hike, September 20, 2015 (2 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) This three mile round trip hike will take us 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.

Meeting Date: Sunday, September 20, 2015 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Thursday, September 17.

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Full Moon Hike to McAfee Knob, September 28, 2015 (4 boots)

(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, leadership, and headlamp rental.

Meeting Date: Monday, September 28, 2015 5:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Price: $10
Departure Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Thursday, September 24.

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Chestnut Ridge Trail Hike, December 6, 2015 (2 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Chestnut Ridge Trail is right outside of downtown Roanoke. Don’t pass up this gem of a hike! 5 miles on trails off of the backside 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.

Meeting Date: Sunday, December 6, 2015
Price: $6
Departure Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Thursday, December 3.

Roanoke 7 Summits

(All ages) The Roanoke 7 Summits is back with a new summit! This is a unique event that combines our region’s premier trails with an active living awareness program. The Roanoke 7 Summits is a play on the international mountaineering challenge of climbing each of the seven continent’s highest mountains. By taking this challenge you’ll hike to the summit of seven of the Roanoke Region’s top mountain summits over an eight week time frame. This challenge demands a great attitude, determination, exploration, and pushing yourself to new levels.

r7s logoEach summit has multiple group hike dates through 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 attain each summit. Of course, if you prefer, you can hike each summit on your own or with your own group.

Your official registration includes a t-shirt, weekly e-mails with status updates, hiking routes, extra motivation, and access to the Roanoke 7 Summits website. New this year, we are taking a week off during GO Fest so participants can enjoy the festival and we have a summit celebration planned at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewery!

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

Program Dates: September 24-November 14, 2015
Price: $25 for the program (includes t-shirt but no guided hikes)
Guided hikes are an additional $6 each (see below for hike descriptions)
Register Here. The deadline to register for the program is Tuesday, September 22.

Week 1: Mill Mountain (1 boot)mill mountain group shot at top

(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 come back via Ridgeline, Sidewinder (a new trail!), and Woodthrush. The program fee includes guided hike leadership.

Dates: Thursday, September 24 and Saturday, September 26
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 22 for the Thursday hike and Thursday, September 22 for the Saturday hike.

 

Week 2: Read Mountain (2 boots)out on the edge

(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.

Dates: Thursday, October 1 and Saturday, October 3
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center for Thursday, Public Works Center for Saturday
The deadline to register is Tuesday, September 29 for the Thursday hike and Thursday, October 1 for the Saturday hike.

Week 3: Poor Mountain (3 boots)poor 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 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.

Dates: Thursday, October 8 and Saturday, October 10
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center for Thursday, Public Works Center for Saturday
The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 6 for the Thursday hike and Thursday, October 8 for the Saturday hike.

Week 4: Sharp Top (3 boots)sharp top sign

(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.

Dates: Thursday, October 22 and Saturday, October 24
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center for Thursday, Public Works Center for Saturday
The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 20 for the Thursday hike and Thursday, October 22 for the Saturday hike.

Week 5: Dragon’s Tooth (3 boots)dragons tooth in fall

(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 rock sections that require some scrambling and the elevation gain can be considered strenuous. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Dates: Thursday, October 29 and Saturday, October 31
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center for Thursday, Public Works Center for Saturday
The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 27 for the Thursday hike and Thursday, October 29 for the Saturday hike.

Week 6: Tinker Cliffs (4 boots)tinker cliffs view of mcafees

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Tinker Cliffs is the lesser hiked of the peaks, but had 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.

Dates: Thursday, November 5 and Saturday, November 7
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center for Thursday, Public Works Center for Saturday
The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 3 for the Thursday hike and Thursday, November 5 for the Saturday hike.

Week 7: McAfee Knob (4 boots)mcafee knob hikers view

(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.

Dates: Thursday, November 12 and Saturday, November 14
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center for Thursday, Public Works Center for Saturday
The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 10 for the Thursday Hike and Thursday, November 12 for the Saturday hike.