Explore the most popular hiking trails in Mill Mountain Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
14 days ago

Three star trail. Nothing spectacular during the hike up, just a bunch of switch backs. That being said it IS in a VERY convenient location so it you are looking for something to do outdoors that isn't a far drive, by all means, this is a great hike. Just not as spectacular as the other hikes in the area. Star at the top offers a spectacular view but is also easily enjoyed by driving to the top.

Slipped and fell down a muddy embankment. Haven’t really been back since. Too many homeless beggars with nothing better to do than drink and pass out on the greenway. Was enjoying it but now it’s just a nuisance. Too many people, overcrowded, bikers rarely let you know they’re there and just assume run over you and others act like they’re the only people on the planet. I prefer going doing slower times so I can attempt to enjoy it without disruption. Also homeless camp near Smythe Park and always from SE to Carilion part of trail. Beware they always beg and most always drunk or high! Wish the city would move the Rescue Mission to Bedford or Danville! Needs a higher police presence but cops don’t care and citing rule breakers. I have seen them arrest some of the drunks though. A girl I work with says there are perverts around also so beware and make sure you have protection at all times!

2 months ago

I had been starting to enjoy this one but there is no cell service once you get a little ways up and I ran into a total whack job that mooned me (in front of witnesses) and called me a communist because I follow the rules and have my dog on a leash. This idiot was in the parking lot and his two dogs were jumping on me trying to get to my little puppy! Cops did NOTHING! Never again. I have a shock gun now so I’ll be better prepared next time some nut job tries to make me look like the bad person for being a law abiding citizen!!! What a joke! NEVER AGAIN!!! Also his dogs had fleas so that cost me $50 for a pill to get rid of those! Gross! I don’t he or the dogs ever bathe! BEWARE!!! You could wind up in serious trouble here!!! Cops don’t care about citing the rule breakers!!! Could wind up missing or worse! I had started at the bottom near Dollar General! Lots of bugs also take DoTerra TerraShield if you dare!

Worst trail ever unless you’re lucky enough to go with a group that knows the trail. VERY POORLY MARKED AND EXTREMELY CONFUSING AND VERY DIFFICULT TRAIL!!! Don’t let it fool you or you may wind up missing or worse! Never again! Too scary for me and I attempted 3-4 times. Officially giving up on this one! NOT EASY AT ALL!!! Moderate or Difficult! I found it extremely difficult. I’m also mentally disabled though. Very stressful hike to figure out so I’m giving up. No views at all totally WORTH SKIPPING!!! Better trails are everywhere!

hiking
3 months ago

checked the star out at night , put my headlamp on and hiked to the bottom parking lot. ran into some deers and got spooked

nice close to Roanoke. I was surprised at the options, many trail combinations. you can hike from 2 to 5 miles. under growth was pretty thick in places. nothing special to see, but for an easy short hike, near Roanoke, to just get out it's great.

on Chestnut Ridge Trail

3 months ago

So lovely and peaceful for easy walking through the trees. One of my favorites.

4 months ago

Pretty neat, probably best to be at the star at sunset for the best pictures!

8 months ago

Average uphill trail. Nothing stood out. The star is more enjoyable when you drive up.

mountain biking
10 months ago

The trails are well build and gradual. I went in late winter and the leaves were built up quite a lot.

10 months ago

Pretty nice day hike. Well maintained. Well marked. Uphill most of the way. Roanoke Star is worth seeing whether you hike or drive to it. I just think that any scenery is better enjoyed when you “earn” it! We hiked up and back. Ate dinner, then drove up to see it at night. Very impressive views day or night.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

star was nice but would've rather driven.

hiking
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Nice hike. No big views but nice trail thru the woods. I will say the trails are not particularly well marked and the map doesn’t reflect all the intersections you’ll come across.

Friday, October 27, 2017

The view at the top where the star is located is cool but the actual trail is just boring. So many rocks. Just wasn’t a fan. I would still recommend. But driving to the star would be fine too.

hiking
Thursday, October 26, 2017

A friend of mine had her car window smashed and purse stole from under her seat last week in the parking lot. Be careful

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Nice moderate trail with great views on a clear day!

hiking
Monday, October 23, 2017

I love the versatility of this trail. I live in the area so I know of short cuts when I don’t have a lot of time. There have been many bear sightings of recent, so be aware.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Not a big fan urban hikes. To many roads not enough woods and mountains

hiking
Saturday, September 30, 2017

It was beautiful this morning as I hiked this trail. My only suggestion is to be careful of the loose stones and just enjoy!

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

Great trail, you just have to be careful on the loose rocks on the upper half. Going up isn't too bad but they make things a little treacherous on the way down.

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Great view at the top. Totally doable with our 12 year old kids and medium size dog.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

how beautiful

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Overhead canopy kept us cool on a warm summer day. Missed a turn and added an extra mile to our hike. Best to keep an eye on gps. Nice hike.

hiking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

An easy trail to hike or trail run. It's easy to hike it as a long or short loop.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Good trail. All downhill then all up hill. Would be tough for those that are out of shape.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Impressed by the people who ran up it! Enjoyed the relatively easy hill climb up to a great view

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

The trail is fun but the upper half is almost solely loose rocks. It's a beautiful view from the top though.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Nice walk

Friday, March 10, 2017

not a bad trail but not well marked there easy 2.8 mile loop turned into a 7 mile up and down mountain sides....

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

great hike

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