Our beloved Mill Mountain draws visitors from all over the City of Roanoke, Roanoke Valley, and the region for its natural resources, proximity to downtown, and attractions, such as the Star and Mill Mountain Zoo. With the recent branding as the East Coast Mountain Biking Capital, the trails on Mill Mountain are becoming a major attraction as well. The 9.86 miles of natural-surface trails and the two miles of Mill Mountain Greenway from the bottom of Walnut Street to the Star form a unique outdoor playground nestled within and overlooking the City of Roanoke. Many of these trails on Mill Mountain can be attributed to the Mill Mountain Trail Plan.
What is the Mill Mountain Trail Plan?
This plan, developed in 2005 as part of the Mill Mountain Park Management Plan, assessed all existing trails, old road beds, and social trails, developing recommendations for trail uses, improvements, closures, and connections. As of now, all of the recommended trail improvements have been completed, so we are looking at amending the old plan to fit our needs today!
Since the 2005 plan was completed, outdoor recreation has become a driving force in the day-to-day lives of many residents, a method by which the region markets itself, and a theme in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan and 2018 Roanoke Valley Greenway Plan. The new Mill Mountain Trails Assessment should reflect this increase in outdoor recreation in our region.
This amendment will incorporate recent public input, assess current management issues, provide guidance on neighborhood connections and proposed new trails, and recommend improvements to connectivity.
How Do I Get Involved?
The easiest thing you can do if fill out this form letting us know what you’d like to see.
You can also attend community meetings to speak with those involved with the projects and make recommendations in person. Information about these meetings will be coming in the next few months.