Explore the most popular views trails near Roanoke with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Poor Mountain Trail

1 day ago

Hiked blue loop counter-clockwise in 2 hours. Pleasant overlook toward beginning of hike. Then steep descent. Cascading water falls toward middle of hike. Then gradual ascent. Trail clearly blazed and well-maintained with numerous benches for breaks. Small parking area at start. Have to hike in a bit before reaching map.

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!

Great walk in the woods. The water is beautiful the only downside is there’s no swimming. There are a lot of segways to the water from the trail. The trail was narrow and overgrown near the power lines, which was very noisy. There are a lot of bugs so bring repellant! There also has been bear sightings so be aware and courteous. I would say this trail is closer to moderately strenuous, has some inclines. You can park at either end of the trail. Both $3. The other parking lot is smaller and it is pay by envelope.

Wonderful walk in the woods with a great view and waterfall. I walked it counter clockwise, the end was steep but did not take long. Took about 2.5 hours. The only difference I would make is to go clockwise so I could have seen the sun set at the overlook. Very peaceful trail

Fun hike with a little bit of everything. You get wildlife, waterfalls, and some scenic views. The uphill climbs can be a little challenging but over all it's worth the hike.

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

trail running
1 month ago

Short 3.5mile trail with many switchbacks, perfect for trail running

Great trail with 2 beautiful overlooks. Quick easy trail for kids..a little rocky at times but 7-9 year olds had a great time!

2 months ago

Great hike for our family! Our two boys (ages 9 & 5) had no trouble navigating the smaller Red Loop trail. We also hiked out to the overlook on the longer Blue Loop trail (about .3 miles) and although it was definitely more challenging for the boys they handled it no problem and we were rewarded with some awesome views! I highly recommend exploring these trails! The only downside is that the parking lot is relatively small and tight so I would recommend getting there in the morning especially if you’re planning to hike these trails on a weekend.

Great hike down to a stream. Mostly switchbacks on narrow paths. Beautiful views along the way! Puts me in a great state of mind each time

2 months ago

Beautiful, relatively short hike. We hiked it counter-clockwise, which made for a steeper descent (occasional rock stairs) and fairly smooth, gradual climb. It’s worth taking both spurs — one to the vista/viewpoint and the other to the (smallish) waterfalls.

beautiful hike we hiked it counter clockwise ,a little strenuous toward the end very steep but very doable ,2 waterfalls,a few overlooks loved it

3 months ago

3 months ago

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

4 months ago

Great Hike. Definitely better to do the loop counter clockwise. Not much parking.

Great trails.. they keep it up well. Very dog friendly.

This was an awesome trail! Upon arrival we found that there is an easy 1 mile trail loop and a 4 mile more difficult loop. We did the more difficult loop with some snow on the ground and it was beautiful! Many places with gorgeous views of the mountains and lots of waterfall “rapid” spots to admire! Absolutely loved this trail, one of the best I’ve been on!

mountain biking
5 months ago

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

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.

I started out doing the pirate bush trail which was a breeze, so I decided to go for the whole loop. I enjoyed it! It was a lot more strenuous than I was expecting with a one year old on my back, but I would recommend it! It took me about 4 hours to do the pirate bush loop and then loop around the whole 3.7 mile loop with frequent stops.

I would like to add that the GPS directions linked to this site are incorrect. Google Poor Mountain Preserve and that will bring you right to the parking lot.

6 months ago

Unfortunately weren't able to make it to the cascades but the Outlook Trail was best part of this hike! Beautiful view but was a pretty strenuous hike overall and was a bit muddy as a couple parts.

6 months ago

Decent trail, a couple of nice views of the valley.

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.

8 months ago

star was nice but would've rather driven.

8 months ago

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.

Just remember 2 or 3 dollars a person for parking. Nice trails.

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.

It was a nice way to end our day of hiking. Total trip about a half an hour. Views were nice. You can see similar views in the overlooks but makes it worth it when you hike to see it!

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