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TOP 10
HIKES FOR THE BEST

FALL COLORS IN
Virginia's Blue Ridge

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It's time to plan a getaway full of fall colors. The leaves are
turning in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Indeed, peak fall foliage color
is nearly upon us! It's the perfect weekend to get outside, and
we have 10 fantastic hikes that will deliver the very best of our
autumn views. After all, Roanoke is one of Blue Ridge Outdoors
Magazine's "Best Trail Towns." Lace up and get going!

McAfee Knob
CATAWBA

If you're looking for the pinnacle of the Appalachian Trail, McAfee Knob
on Catawba Mountain is it. It's hugely popular (avoid crowds by hiking
early in the morning or on weekdays), and the most photographed site
on the A.T. thanks to its sweeping 270° views. To take it all in, hike
the 8.5 miles out and back from a parking lot on Route 311.

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ROANOKE MOUNTAIN
Blue Ridge Parkway - MP 120.3
The four-mile loop around the top of Roanoke
Mountain yields a wide breadth of foliage to admire
but isn't hard to get to or enjoy. It's the perfect
short hike for the casual outdoor lover and can
be easily reached from the Blue Ridge Parkway
at Milepost 120.3.

Dragon's Tooth
CATAWBA

Cove Mountain features many quartzite outcrops, but Dragon's Tooth is easily identifiable, as it's the 35-foot spire atop the rest.
Experienced hikers will appreciate the challenge and the payoff of the 4.5-mile round trip. Access the rugged trail from the
parking lot near Catawba Grocery on Route 311.

SHARP TOP MOUNTAIN
Blue Ridge Parkway - MP 86
At milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway are
the Peaks of Otter, of which Sharp Top is the
most popular. The ascent is rather steep, but
wow, when you get to the top! The views are
panoramic - 360° - and breathtaking. On a
clear day, hikers can see for an untold number
of miles.

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TO VIRGINIA'S BLUE RIDGE?
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Roaring Run

EAGLE ROCK
The air is crisp by the stream on the way to Roaring Run
Falls, and soon, the orange and gold leaves will crunch
beneath your feet. The water is cold and mighty as it
courses past the old Roaring Run furnace, a 19th century
iron ore furnace on the National Register of Historic Places.


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