VA Explore Park Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews
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VA Explore Park Trail is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Roanoke, Virginia that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.2 miles
610 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching




wild flowers


2 months ago

Nice hike. we stuck to the red trail this time but definitely going back!

6 months ago

Great hike! We did a mix of all trail colors. The river front trail, light blue, has larger rocks which weren't great to walk over but we made it over them-- and for a short amount of time, thank goodness. Will come back!

7 months ago

Great place to get away! Can’t wait for all the changes they have planned to go into effect

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I would consider this easy not moderate. Beautiful view along the river several nice places to stop for a lunch. Good hike for kids and pets.

mountain biking
Monday, August 28, 2017

Rode the intermediate/yellow trail. Trails clearly marked but needed some TLC for the fallen trees and overgrown vegetation in some areas. Lots of roots but it was a fun ride. Didn't have time to check out rest of park but will definitely be back to do that.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Dogs are allowed on leash. But Didn't see much interesting stuff.

Monday, November 28, 2016

VA Explore Park is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 115. It includes 1200 acres and lots of trail options with very nice facilities and a Parkway Visitor Center. I completed a section of the Old Salem Turnpike Trail, which loops around an historic area and follows along the Roanoke River for a short distance. I enjoyed exploring the old buildings.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Lots of bugs and spider webs where I traveled but super amazing!!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The entrance to the Virginia Explore Park is located at MP 114.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are numerous trails inside the park. Stop in the Visitor Center and ask for a trail map. We hiked the Old Salem Turnpike Trail (red blaze) and took some time to look at the historic buildings.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Explore Park is conveniently located on the parkway just outside of Roanoke. There are multiple trail options for hiking and mountain biking but nothing extreme. The park gives great access to Roanoke River for kayaking or jus to bring the dog/kids to splash around. Nice local park, not a destination hike/park.

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