This is a great hike for a quick scenic workout easily accessed from anywhere in the Roanoke area. I hiked it this morning (Sunday, November 25) and the trail up to Buzzard Rocks was in excellent condition and very well marked. The lower portion of the trail is along some small streams with mini waterfalls and cascades providing additional interest. There are nice views mostly through the trees. However the view overlooking the Roanoke Valley from Buzzard Rocks is largely unobstructed. The weather was perfect but the trail was not crowded. I highly recommend this trail for anyone looking for outdoor activity that can be accomplished in a couple of hours. I hiked about 2 and a half hours and I was taking my time.

15 days ago

Good hike for an afternoon activity. Views are pretty good. Trail is well marked.

18 days ago

It was a pretty good hike. Most of it is uphill but otherwise a great hike! Once at the top we sat and enjoyed the view from Buzzards Rock. Pretty cool! Total time spent was 2.5 hours. I'd definitely do it again. The trail was also pretty clearly marked, we had no problems navigating the trails.

Nice hike. Great all around trail. Waterfalls, exposed rock faces, unbelievable views up and back

Great hike for my second hike in my new home in Roanoke! It was a beautiful day and the trail was well marked. The directions from this site took us just short of the trailhead in our car. So, if you follow the directions go past the road that the site has you make your final turn onto. The trailhead is well marked just past that road. Fun day hike with a good view.

Kind of new to hiking, and this was a great workout! Just challenging enough, but I could still keep a conversation going. There are actually two ways you can go, one rockier than the other, and I wish I would have known about this app because we got a little lost for a minute and had to do a little rock climbing almost. Great view at the top!

Very nice trail! Good view at the top ! It is a marked trail

great hike, will do again. I have been in Roanoke all my life, never knew this trail was here.

Great local trail. We are fortunate to have this outing in such a suburban area. It’s a great trail with beautiful views at the top.

This should be rated as hard, not moderate. it's very rocky also. view really not worth the hike. great workout though. Take this app with you or you will get lost. Poorly marked trail. It’s marked but not very well! View NOT worth the EFFORT!

Great walk. God views. Easy to get to.

Nice easy hike. I see why it’s named this, a buzzard circled and flew directly at me 3 times at the top. It was cool to see it coming head on. I think I was chilling in his spot

I think this should be rated hard it has a lot of inclines and at the top it gets pretty hairy

Love this hike

Great local trail without having to drive too far. Located at the back of a neighborhood, the main trail takes you up to the buzzards rock for an okay view. The hike is a good one - the view, not so much... 5 stars for hike...2 stars for view

Try it with the CCC trail. Makes a nice, almost 5 mile loop. Seems a little more difficult if you hike it clockwise.

Challenging home for my boys and myself. Great day too go, but man are we tired.

10 months ago

Enjoyable short hike, nice view of the valley from the top.

Beautiful trail with rock climbing and straight up most of the time. The path is small and a true hiking experience. The view at the top is breathtaking!!!!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Beautiful views at top

Sunday, November 26, 2017

First time out and loved it! Great fall or winter hike. Wonderful, rocky trail. Not too crowded. Extra star for being 10 min from the house! :D

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

I did this trail by myself yesterday. It was truly wonderful. I went early and had the place almost to myself. Lots of squirrels and deer. Lots of large boulders to look at along with beautiful plant life. The hike itself was great and I loved it. I wish some of that overlooks would’ve had better views. Too much overgrowth. When you get to the top it was really nice! I would definitely do this one again!

Friday, August 25, 2017

A great hike with good views but limited by forest branches. Execllent markings.
Some trials need some maintenance.
Still a great hike.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Great trail to plan at the last minute! Would consider this trail easy to moderate. Very dog friendly. Some good views along the way! Would rate this trail as a seven only because the view at the top is limited due to overgrown trees.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Read Mountain is a newer county park in Roanoke area. Great short hike with views of Roanoke valley at the top. Can be combined with two other options for hike closer to 5 miles. Small parking lot, picnic tables and porta-jon (which was extremely clean the day we were there).

1 month ago

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