Photos of Read Mountain Preserve Trails

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.