Poor Mountain Trail

MODERATE 62 reviews

Poor Mountain Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Roanoke, Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
833 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

20 days ago

Hiked the Piratebush loop, cascade, and overlook portions of the trail. The cascade was a bonus. But was only especially unique because it was frozen over.

Parts were strenuous. The gps will lead you to the wrong place. Put the name “Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve” in your gps to get to the right parking area.

Probably would do the overlook portion again but nothing else.

hiking
3 months ago

I’m sorry but for me it was just ok. I have been doing a lot of hiking lately and I probably wouldn’t do it again.

trail running
3 months ago

A very nice trail run. Some technical parts and some nice down hill running. A very nice loop. GPS will lead you to wrong location.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike!

3 months ago

Great trail! Easy to follow. Great workout

hiking
4 months ago

Fun hike! We took the longer loop trail down to the creek at the bottom and back up. I wanted to hike it counter-clockwise as recommended in some of the reviews but I was outvoted. Strenuous at times but not a killer by any means.

hiking
5 months ago

Quiet hike with serene views!

6 months ago

Great loop of trails! The trail goes down the mountain and then back up. Excited to head back sometime to explore when I have more time.

hiking
6 months ago

I found it a little boring..not the greatest views...also not eady to find..

6 months ago

Went on the blue trail which was very clearly marked all the way through, no chance to get lost. Beautiful view, and my 13 year old loved climbing on the cascades at the bottom. The hike back up is a little steep, and strenuous, but it is definitely worth the views. Will be doing it again in the fall.

6 months ago

Nice short hike that is family friendly, with a nice view at the top!

hiking
6 months ago

Opted for the longer loop. Not the most scenic hike, creek was nice for the dog but no great area to relax and take it in.

7 months ago

Overgrown. Leads down to a creepy old abandoned barn. Didn't love the vibe and backed out.

I love this trail! it is somewhat quick, convenient, and provides a little sense of accomplishment. The trail is in good condition. The 2nd half of the loop is a bit strenuous. The overlook is beautiful year round. Also, you can spot some nice wildlife.

9 months ago

Nice hike, 3.8 miles total. Not the most scenic.

hiking
9 months ago

I did the Blue trail which was very well marked but challenging for the rocky terrain and elevation change. The trail was well maintained and had a few benches at the outlook points, also a few streams for the dogs to get a drink. The parking lot was 1/2 mile from the gps directions but again well marked and easy to find.

hiking
9 months ago

Fun family hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Did the 4 mile loop (blue blaze) turn right just past the signs for trails going this way Help I have an older lab Who has trouble with stairs so the exit was steep but no stairs. Good views from several different places. Good for a trail this close to Roanoke.

10 months ago

Great trail with breathtaking overlook. Only saw a handful of other hikers on the trail. Walked the red, then blue trail and it seemed longer than 4 miles. Fitbit recorded over 5 miles. Great leg work out.

hiking
10 months ago

Solid trail. Good leg exercise for the "strenuous trail". Cell service was nice to have, and several clearings in the trees afforded great views of the Roanoke valley!

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