The Roanoke Region is known for its outdoor offerings and culture. Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Roanoke is your gateway to the finest outdoor recreation opportunities available on the East Coast.
You don’t have to travel far from Roanoke to find outdoor adventure; world-class singletrack, hiking, paddling, fishing, and more right outside the backdoor. From casting for trout downtown to backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, you can do it all in Roanoke. Plus, an engaged and growing outdoors community is continuously adding more infrastructure like trails systems, greenways, and boat ramps. In fact, Roanoke is building trails at a faster pace than anywhere in the U.S.
The immediate access to Roanoke’s robust natural assets makes it easy for locals to live the active, healthy, outdoors lifestyle, and draws outdoor enthusiasts from around the state, region, and nation.
- The Appalachian Trail is a 2,175-mile trail following the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine, 544 miles of which are in Virginia.
- Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most popular national park systems, running 469 miles through mountains and open meadows. Through stone overpasses and the deciduous canopy, historic structures complement the view.
- Carvins Cove Natural Reserve is the second largest municipal park in the nation. It holds a major water source within its 12,700 acres and overflowing recreational opportunities including hiking, biking, fishing, and boat rentals. 11,363 acres of Carvins Cove is protected by the largest conservation easement in Virginia’s history.
- Dixie Caverns is open throughout the year, featuring guided tours through a beautiful cave.
- Mill Mountain Park and Discovery Center is a popular tourist destination and home to the Roanoke Star and Mill Mountain Zoo. The park features outlooks, hiking trails, and beautiful views of the region, as well as a Discovery Center.
- Mill Mountain Zoo is home to a unique array of animal species, including a rare Red Panda.
- Natural Bridge is often considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Standing 215 feet tall and 90 feet wide. What was once owned by Thomas Jefferson also bears the initials of George Washington.
- Smith Mountain Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Virginia with over 500 miles of shore line winding through the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.