Raleigh Court and Southwest
This 11-mile route begins and ends at Fishburn Park, and passes by a whopping 15 city parks, and three recreation centers (the most of any route created). Highlights include the majestic Fishburn Mansion and its absolutely gorgeous springtime gardens, a secret connector path to Norwich Park, and tiny Triangle Park, nestled on a quiet street in the Wasena neighborhood. In my research of this route, I also learned that Fishburn Park was donated to the City by Blair J. Fishburn, a former Roanoke mayor, in 1935. If you have a mountain, gravel, or cross bike, be sure to come back and explore the Murray Run Greenway that runs through Shrine Hill, Woodlawn, and Fishburn Parks, or enjoy it as a hike!
- 15 Parks: Woodlawn, Shrine Hill, Raleigh Court, Norwich, Memorial Bridge, Hurt Park, Perry Park, West End Park, Vic Thomas, Ghent Hill, Wasena, Valley Avenue, Triangle, Lakewood, Fishburn
604 feet elevation gain
Travel time: 1-1.5 hour
Mostly residential streets with a few light to moderate traffic road sections, and a portion of the Roanoke River Greenway and Murray Run Greenway.