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“Good hike close to home.”

Ranked #22 of 68 things to do in Roanoke
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Roanoke, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Good hike close to home.”
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 and is made of up varied terrain from paths to steps to mountain ridge tops. It's an easy trail to bring your dog on as well.

Visited November 2012
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Roanoke, Virginia, United States
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A good, varied terrain hike hidden behind a suburb!”
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 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.

Visited May 2013
4 Thank Benjamin J
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Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Views aren't that great but it's still a nice hike”
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.

Visited February 2012
1 Thank Rhonda S
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Silver Spring, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Pleasant hike at the edge of Roanoke”
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 give you a very nice view to the west of Roanoke. It's excellently marked and you can't get lost. There are signs for two other trails which are not yet shown on the maps.

Visited April 2012
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