The Roanoker - January/February 2018 - VL60
The Chestnut Ridge Overlook Trail off the Blue Ridge
Parkway is a favorite. Carvins Cove has trails that are
shared with mountain bikers. In the heart of Roanoke
City, Mill Mountain offers walking paths and trails. One
option is a hike to the summit of the mountain and the
iconic star from a trailhead on Riverland Road.
The Appalachian Trail skirts the western side of the
Valley. The always-popular McAfee Knob segment along
the AT beginning at Route 311 in Catawba (around seven
miles round trip) can be crowded at times but offers
stunning and often-photographed views from its rock
outcropping at the summit. Try the less-trodden Tinker
Cliffs trail in Botetourt County, accessible from US 220
just off Interstate 81 and from the Andy Layne Trailhead
on Catawba Road.
There are road and trail races galore in the Roanoke
Valley, from the Mountain Junkies Frozen Toe 5K in
January to the Blue Ridge Marathon in April, to the
A RUNNER GETS PLENTY OF FRESH AIR BY TINKER MOUNTAIN NEAR HOLLINS UNIVERSITY.
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