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Explore Park logo.jpgExplore Becomes Newest Roanoke County Park

On October 1, 2013, Roanoke County began operating the Explore Park property, under a 99-year lease from the Virginia Recreational Facilities Authority. Over the next few months, Roanoke County will be creating a master plan for the property, with the long term goal of creating a regional outdoor attraction.

WhTaubman-small.jpgat to do at Explore NOW

• Hiking and biking - The park is already home to over 9 miles of IAMB-sanctioned mountain bike trails, and other areas to walk, enjoy wildlife, or have a picnic lunch.

• Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor's Center - Explore Park is home to a visitor's center where parkway travelers can learn about the history of the region, and shop in a unique gift shop.

• Roanoke River Access - At the end of Rutrough Road in Roanoke County is a gravel parking area and boat launch for the Roanoke River.  Day use is $2 per person, or $20 per year, with fees going towards future improvements at the site.

Community Input

Prior to adopting the Explore Park lease agreement, Roanoke County officials held a public meeting to seek input from citizens, neighbors, stakeholders and other interested individuals about the future of the property.  See a summary of the presentation and public comments taken at a Community Meeting about the lease on Thursday, September 19, 2013. As the master plan process continues for Explore Park, look for further public involvement.

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Vision for the Future

Roanoke County is considering options for Explore Park such as:
  • Special events: music festivals, seasonal events, wine festivals, distance runs
  • Family outreach: Summer camps, children programs, family programs
  • Rentals: pavilions, picnics, private events
  • Tent and RV camping: primitive camping by permit, development of a RV campground
  • Rental cabins
  • Ropes and canopy tour
  • Concessions/Food and Beverage  and other revenue operations

For More Information
For questions about Explore Park, contact Scott Ramsburg at , (540) 777-6327.