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The greenway is another wonderful way to get outdoors without
ever getting lost. The greenway serves all of Roanoke city and
county and Vinton, and while it's a wonderful way to boost your
health, it also acts as convenient mode of transportation.
Tinker Creek Canoe Launch Roanoke Kayak Social Club enjoys Tinker Creek
Groundbreaking Fall 2017
1,000 Crypt Chapel Mausoleum
with Cremation Niches
* Ask about preconstruction prices
* Area's only perpetual care pet cemetery
* New cremation estate lots
A member of Evergreen Memorial Trust
Acting as a "one-stop shop" from Explore Park to Vinton, the greenway is not only great for quality of life and
health, but also an economic driver.
"People want to live on the greenway now," Peters
says. "It used to be that homes faced the street, but now
developers are turning homes to face the greenway, or
adding porches so homeowners have that great view."
Public use is also beneficial, as anyone can gain access for boating and fishing. Explore Park, only seven
minutes from downtown Vinton, offers 1,100 acres in
close proximity to a metropolitan area. Walking and
biking trails, access to the Roanoke River for kayaks and
canoes and programs such as summer camps and artisan Saturdays make getting outside more fun than
ever. Right off milepost 150 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, visitors from all over the world visit, often spending time in Vinton as well. Executive Director Wendi
Schultz says they saw over 16,000 visitors in the first
half of 2016 alone and hope to be open year-round in
the coming years.
"Being a regional attraction is what makes Explore
Park unique," Schultz says. "You can meet people from
other cultures, as well as locals that have been in the
area for years. We've got so much to offer in the Valley."