Roanoke edged out Chattanooga and Asheville for the win.
The region is earning quite a reputation when it comes to top town honors:
- Roanoke earned Top Adventure Town (Large) in 2019 and 2016, Top Mid-Sized Town in 2015, Best Trail Town in 2013, and was voted Best Mountain Town in 2012.
All of the top adventure town winners were from Virginia this year: Floyd (tiny town), Bedford (small town), and Charlottesville (med-sized town).
“It’s pretty awesome that our region continues to be recognized for a commitment to the outdoors and culture,” says Pete Eshelman with the Roanoke Outside Foundation. “There aren’t too many places with such easy access to such a diverse offering of outdoor recreation opportunities. This recognition highlights the immense number of opportunities right here.”
Here’s what the magazine had to say about the region: “Roanoke took home honors as top large town for the second year in a row, beloved as a go-to spot for mountain biking and hiking. Located in the valley of a mountain chain, you can find adventure in any direction, from mountain biking at Mills Mountain and Carvins Cove, hiking to iconic overlooks on the Appalachian Trail, and a variety of activities at Explore Park.”
Earning recognition from a publication such as Blue Ridge Outdoors helps, too! It helps spread what we already know in the Roanoke Region to people in other locations that may not know what a hopping outdoor spot this is.
You can read the full feature from Blue Ridge Outdoors in the current issue.