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Explore Park
Explore Park logo.jpgExplore Park - Newest Roanoke County Park

Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 115, Explore Park features hundreds of acres of rolling
hills, pristine woodlands, hiking trails, river frontage, historical buildings and a visitor information
center. Whether you’re looking to bike, hike, canoe, picnic, or learn more about all Roanoke County
has to offer, Explore Park is your destination for exploration!


What to do at Explore NOW

• Hiking and biking - Explore over 14 miles of trails as they wind through hundreds of acres of deciduous forest – comprised mainly of oak, beech, maple, pine and poplar trees. You’ll encounter a variety of ecosystems along your way, from natural wetlands to fertile sloping
hillsides. Our natural surface trails range in difficulty from easy to moderately difficult as terrain varies throughout the park. Explore Park is a designated site on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.

• 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. This must-see parkway stop contains a gift & snack shop, theatre room featuring a special movie about the Blue Ridge
Parkway, and a museum highlighting the history of the parkway and the region. Staff are on hand April to November to provide information to travelers about other regional attractions.

• Arthur Taubman Center & Mountain Union Church - These 18th century style buildings are filled with historical charm and modern amenities. Both buildings are used for recreation programs and activities, or can be rented for events.

• 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.


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