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Read Mountain Preserve

Roanoke, VA
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Ranked #24 of 28 attractions in Roanoke
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Boston, Massachusetts
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161 reviews 161 reviews
67 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
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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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Virginia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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