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500 miles of glistening shoreline
JULIANNE RAINONE

...nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Earn your ice cream...
Roanoke is establishing itself as
one of the region's best outdoor cities and there is certainly no shortage
of ways to get outside. A short drive,
hike or bike ride (1.8 miles) to nearby
Mill Mountain Park will give you a
chance to stand beneath the region's
most iconic symbol, which happens
to be the largest, free-standing, illuminated star in the world. The zoo
and discovery center, also located
within the park, can be a great option
for those traveling with kids.
Carvins Cove Natural Reserve,
only 10 miles outside of Roanoke, is
the nation's second-largest municipal park and offers biking, hiking,
fishing, and numerous watersport
activities around its reservoir, which
contains no development along its
shorelines. Perhaps the allure of the
Appalachian Trail will summon your
most adventurous side to set out on
a hike to one of three landmarks that
comprise Virginia's hiking "Triple
Crown," McAfee Knob (8.3 miles/
moderate), Tinker Cliffs (7.7 miles/
strenuous), and Dragon's Tooth (5.7
miles/strenuous).
Ultimately, the benefits of an active, outdoor lifestyle go far beyond
the guilt-free pleasure of delicious,
local ice cream at the end of the day.
Those dessert treats that we look forward to always seem to taste better
after a day spent immersed in nature. As evidenced above, living in
the Blue Ridge Mountains gives us
incredible access to both. Although,
if you're not convinced, I will gladly
do more research!

Year-round appeal.

History & Wine anytime.
Fish. Boat. Golf. Dine. Shop. Stay.

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