Roanoke is among the few metro areas that enjoys immediate proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway - one of the most popular attractions in the national parks system. The Valley encompasses a region along the Parkway that extends from Botetourt County to Bent Mountain, and offers many access points.
From Hershberger Road, turn left onto Florist Road right next to Friendship Manor retirement facility. Turn right onto Verndale Road, and park is on the left. From Williamson Road heading south, turn left onto Florist at Brookside Golf when you see a stoplight half-way up the hill. Go approximately 1/4 mile and turn left onto Verndale.
From the parking lot to the left of the school, follow the gravel trail leading into the park. Here you'll find one of the area's largest handicap-accessible playgrounds! A gravel loop trail circles the park, and leads to a shelter near the playground. A restroom area is located near the parking lot.
The City of Roanoke and the Roanoke Arts Commission announce a second temporary art exhibit for the Art Walk in Elmwood Park. With the generous support of Downtown Roanoke Inc. the RAC purchased Descending Night by Jack Howard Potter as a permanent sculpture for the park.
• Roanoke River Access - At the end of Rutrough Road in Roanoke County is a gravel parking area and boat launch for the Roanoke River. Day use is $2 per person, or $20 per year, with fees going towards future improvements at the site. Questions For questions about Explore Park, contact department administration or call (540) 387-6078.
Fishburn Park Located off of Brambleton Avenue, Fishburn Park is one of Roanoke’s larger parks. Offering two multi-use trails, including the Murray Run Greenway, Fishburn Park’s vast, sloping landscape is also home to two tennis courts and a nine-hole disc golf course.
Nestled in a suburban area of Cave Spring, Garst Mill Park follows the path of Garst Mill Stream for about a mile. Several bridges cross the stream, to provide access to many park amenities. The Garst Mill Greenway is a beautiful paved walking path which runs the length of the park.
Keep yourself busy fishing in a mile of water frontage on the Roanoke River stocked with trout. Hike on a section of the Roanoke River Greenway, a paved 10-foot-wide walking path that begins near the main park entrance. Green Hill contains two rentable picnic shelters for your next gathering.
Hay Rock is a lesser-known hike in the Roanoke area with stunning views of Carvins Cove and McAfee Knob. If you're looking for a hike in the Roanoke area without the crowds that McAfee Knob draws, but still want a challenging hike with great views, try hiking to Hay Rock.
The Historical Society of Western Virginia shall preserve, interpret and promote the history of the region; to collect, preserve, interpret, and make available materials relating to that history; to sponsor research and publication in the field of regional history; and to provide educational services to people and institutions throughout southwestern Virginia.
The facilities at Huff Lane Park in the Roanoke Valley provide an outstanding venue for sports in a convenient location near hotels, restaurants, and things to do. The park is located in the city of Roanoke near the Roanoke Regional Airport and Valley View Mall.
Don & Barbara Smith Childrens Museum - Kids Square The new Don & Barbara Smith Children’s Museum, Kids S quare, is a fun museum that is geared towards children ages 10 and under. The exhibits encourage play, education and gross motor skills that are important for the development of children in this age range.
Roanoke Star. The Roanoke Star is an iconic symbol of Virginia's Blue Ridge and a must-see spot when visiting the region. The star sits perched atop Mill Mountain and overlooks the surrounding valley and Blue Ridge Mountains, serving as a beacon and welcoming sign to visitors. It is illuminated every night.
Mini-Graceland, Elvis City. Roanoke, Virginia. Elvis Presley fan Don Epperly lived with his family in an older neighborhood at the base of Mill Mountain, nightly bathed in the eerie glow of the Mill Mountain Star. In the 1980s, he built a magical miniature hamlet of Elvis landmarks on the sloping property next to his home.
The O. Winston Museum is dedicated to the photographic, audio and video works of photographer Winston Link and his project to document the last days of steam along the Norfolk and Western Railway. With over 300 black and white and color images on exhibit, the Museum welcomes all to explore this vibrant but gone part of history.
The park includes a 5 mile trail system with moderate to strenuous levels of difficulty.The main feature of the park is a 2 mile trail to Read Mountain's summit known as Buzzards Rock. The view from the top is one of the best in the Roanoke Valley. Directions from Downtown Roanoke: Take US 460 East towards Bonsack.
River's Edge Sports Complex is a popular destination for tennis, football, soccer, baseball and big events in Roanoke, Virginia. River's Edge Sports Complex is a popular destination for tennis, football, soccer, baseball and big events in Roanoke, Virginia.
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Smith Park is a beautiful park tucked beside the Roanoke River Greenway and Wiley Dr., a one-way street. It features a brand new inclusive playground and a picnic shelter, as well as a nearby bike repair station. With views of the river, Smith Park is a popular destination for nature lovers of all ages.
Operated by Roanoke County's department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, this facility provides a great place to cool off during the summer months. Splash Valley Water Park is located directly adjacent to Roanoke County's Green Ridge Recreation Center, but requires a separate admission.
Welcome to the website of the Harrison Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC). We are an educational and cultural institution committed to promoting, showcasing, and celebrating the art and history of African Americans for Roanoke Valley citizens and visitors.
Thunder Valley Family Entertainment Center has everything your family needs for a full day of fun and excitement at an affordable price. Our convenient location and variety of attractions makes us a popular choice for birthday parties, field trips, churches and scout groups, as well as families looking for an afternoon of fun.
Vinyard Park includes fields for baseball, football and soccer, a playground area and picnic shelter. A wooden path near the park entrance provides an educational lookout in a wetlands area. Directions: From Orange Avenue in Roanoke, Turn onto Gus Nicks Boulevard at the Hardee's/ Turn left on King Street.
The Virginia Museum of Transportation is the Commonwealth's Official Transportation Museum located in Roanoke, Virginia with rail, auto and air exhibits. The Virginia Museum of Transportation is the Commonwealth's Official Transportation Museum located in Roanoke, Virginia with rail, auto and air exhibits.
Reserve the Walrond park shelter, with a great view of the nearby pond. Take a walk on the new 2/3 mile loop walking path around Walrond Pond, with a boardwalk platform overlooking the wetland. Directions: From Interstate 81, take exit 146 toward Hollins.
Wasena Park is operated by the City of Roanoke Parks & Recreation Department and has been a popular park in the Roanoke Valley for years. It is located near Downtown Roanoke and the Roanoke River and offers easy access to the Roanoke Valley Greenway close to both Smith and Vic Thomas Parks.