Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway – Hiking Trails in Virginia Continued
By Nicole Munoz
MP 92.5 The Sharp Top Mountain to Harvey’s Knob section of the Appalachian Trail is a 2.9 mile moderate hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
MP 95.4 Harvey’s Knob overlook to Montvale overlook portion of the Appalachian Trail is also moderately challenging, but is only a .6 mile hike.
MP 95.9 This mile long stretch of the Appalachian Trail runs from the Montvale overlook to Taylor’s Mountain overlook and is a moderately strenuous hike.
MP 96.0 Spec Mine Trail is a strenuous 2.8 mile trail maintained by the US Forest Service. This Blue Ridge Parkway hiking trail begins at the Montvale overlook and leads to Botetourt County along state Rt. 645.
MP 97.0 A moderate .8 mile section of the Appalachian Trail from Taylor’s Mountain overlook to Blackhorse Gap.
MP 110.6 Stewart’s Knob Trail is a brief stroll to an amazing view of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.
MP 120.4 Roanoke Mountain Summit Trail is a moderate tenth-mile hike to a splendid view of the Roanoke Valley.
MP 120.5 Chestnut Ridge Trail is a moderate 1.75 mile hike near the Roanoke Mountain camping area.
MP 121.4 Roanoke Valley Horse Trail is a moderate 18.5 mile long horse trail that begins near highway 220 and runs alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway.
MP 123.2 Buck Mountain Trail is a moderately challenging half mile hike to the top of Buck Mountain. The summit offers a fantastic view of the city of Roanoke.
MP 154.5 Smart View Loop Trail is a moderate 2.6 mile hike around the relaxing Blue Ridge Parkway picnic area.
MP 167.1 Rock Castle Gorge Trail is a strenuous 10.8 mile hike. The loop trail leads from the Rocky Knob campground, over Rocky Knob, and through the amazing Rocky Knob Gorge before ending back at the campground. This trail makes for an extreme day hike. If you’re not used to strenuous hiking, be sure to pack a Coleman foot care kit.
MP 167.1 Hardwood Cove is a moderately strenuous .8 mile portion of the Rock Castle Gorge trail. This section is a self-guiding nature trail.
MP 169.0 Black Ridge Trail is a moderate hiking trail that loops 3.1 miles from the Rocky Knob visitor center, passing Black Ridge and Grassy Knoll.
MP 169.0 Rocky Knob Picnic Loop Trail is a relaxing mile long walk around the picnic area. This is a perfect effortless hike for hot afternoons.
MP 179.2 Round Meadow Creek Trail is a moderate half-mile hiking trail that loops through the peaceful, shady forest around Round Meadow Creek.
There is much, much more to see and do along the Blue Ridge Parkway!