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 no water as you ascend, so bring a full bottle for you (& your dog). MY favorite track (Buzzard's Rock Trail) now eventually loops over the crests of the local mountains for a few miles until decending quickly back to the parking lot. The views are good, except for the developed areas, but you get good elevation and beautiful ridgetop hiking for a decent stretch. The real draw for me is the preserve's relative obscurity, I have never passed more than two clusters of hikers per hour and many times it seemed it was just me & my dog on the trail. Love it.
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