Poor Mountain Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Roanoke, VA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
great hike on a beautiful day
Well maintained and has a little of everything! Views of Salem, pretty wooded trail and cascades at the bottom. Going back up was easier going counter clockwise.
This trail is very quiet, went Monday mid day and no one else was on the trail. Actual trail head and parking lot is half a mile before the directions say on this app if coming from bent mountain, if coming from Salem it will be half a mile past destination point on your right. Lots of woods hiking with sporadic but good views of surrounding mountains. Half way through you get to a small river with a few small cascades. Don't think this is labeled for mtn biking but definitely not a good trail for mtn biking, rocky trails with sharp turns. There is a one mile loop with red labels and then about 3.5 to 3.75 (with short overlook trails) mile outer loop with blue labels. I had cell service the whole time which I was happy about since I was a solo hiker.
beautiful day for a beautiful hike