Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Roanoke, Virginia

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You don’t have to venture outside city limits to find world-class adventure in Roanoke.

The Blue Ridge Parkway runs right through Star City, offering endless outdoor opportunities in town. The Roanoke River and Greenway are also close by, and so is the Murray Run Greenway. But the most celebrated outdoor oasis is Carvin’s Cove Nature Preserve. This preserve—the second largest municipal park in the nation—is only minutes from I-81 and less than eight miles from downtown Roanoke. Visitors to Carvin’s Cove have access to an 800-acre lake with available boat rentals and more than forty miles of well maintained multiple use trails.

The Mill Mountain Star Trail is a 3.4 mile out-and-back that takes hikers along the Roanoke River to the summit of Mill Mountain, Roanoke’s highest point. Atop Mill Mountain you’ll find 500 acres of public parkland and impressive vistas stretching as far as 60 miles.

Just beyond Roanoke is even more epic adventure. The George Washington and Jefferson National Forest is a beloved biking destination, and many of the country’s top runners flock to Roanoke each year for the Blue Ridge Marathon.


DID YOU KNOW? Roanoke won last year’s Best Outdoor Towns contest; can it pull off a repeat?

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