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Read Mountain Preserve

Address: Roanoke, VA
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Ranked #17 of 20 Attractions in Roanoke
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks

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2 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We had a great day. This was our 4th visit and its always beautiful. The view this time of year is especially clear. Worth the trip. Only thing I would change is more attraction signs on orange ave/460 and to the preserve itself. Difficult to find unless you've been there before.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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170 reviews 170 reviews
69 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Only space for 5 or 6 cars (depending on how spaced). Fine print sign says park in designated spots only. I followed the rules so I couldn't stay. Impossible to find with my GPS, I got lucky.

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Bedford, Virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Hiked all 3 trails this afternoon about 5 miles in a little less than 3 hours. The trail to Buzzard Rock is the most popular and the view from the top overlooking the valley was well worth the hike. The CCC trail runs along the crest of the mountain with view in both directions. When the leaves are on the... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

This hike is less about the views and more about the trail. It's an easy hike for an avid hiker, but would be a great workout for a novice. The views aren't that great, but the close proximity to Roanoke make it worth while. The trail is located in Samules Gate neighborhood in the Orchards. It is pretty well maintained... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Read Mountain Preserve is a little-known hike basically behind a very new subdivision off 460/Challenger Ave on the outskirts of Roanoke. It is expanded & maintained regularly by the dedicated Read Mountain Alliance. Currently, the preserve offers several hiking options, including short & moderate length trails for different endurance levels. NOTE: There is a stream at the lower elevations, but... More 

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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

I'm an avid hiker but I have to say that this hike is just okay. It's not the greatest but it's still pretty awesome that you don't have to leave Roanoke to do it. The views aren't that great, depending on foliage.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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29 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

Read Mountain is a beautiful forested area right at the edge of a suburban Roanoke suburban development. The only trail currently shown on the maps is the 1.9 mile (one-way) hike which climbs about 1000 feet to Buzzards Rock. It climbs through the forest past 2 steep ravines and some limited views of Roanoke before reaching the rock outcroppings which... More 

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