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9 Easy Hikes Near Roanoke Va – The 2021 Guide

By Brian B

December 14, 2020

Adventure, Casual, Easy, Family

Are you looking for an easy hike near Roanoke, Va?

Last November, my grandma asked if she could go on a hike from a picture she saw me on Facebook. It was a 7 mile round trip with incline so I had to tell her it probably wouldn't be the best conditions for her.

That got me thinking what hikes could I take her on that had sprawling vistas, rivers or cool looking rocks all within short distances.

Below are the 9 best easy Roanoke hike's I've found that cater to all levels of cardio.

You may also like 20 Hikes Around Roanoke Va: The Ultimate List for both easy and challenging hikes.

Editor's Note: We try hard to be accurate in our reporting but please always use multiple references before driving to a trailhead as trail amenities and conditions can always change.

Carvins Cove Beach scaled

1. Carvins Cove Natural Reserve

 Easy Hikes    Kayaking    Bird Watching       

60

Miles of Trail

3

Trailheads

0

Food & Drink Options

6+

Primary Activities

At Carvins Cove you can choose your length of desired hike and incline with almost 60 miles of trail to choose from along and around Carvins Cove. 

Hikes Around Roanoke - Cascade Falls Trail - Yoanoke

2. Cascades Falls

 Easy    Waterfalls    Picnic      

4.0

Distance

700

Elevation

2:00

Hike Time

1

Iconic Picture Spots

Cascades Falls is a go-to easy hike near Roanoke. The terrain can get slippery during the wintertime but the waterfall is great in any season.

Chestnut Trail scaled

3. Chestnut Ridge Trail

 Easy    Nature Trail    Picnic       

5.4

Distance

720

Elevation

2:00

Hike Time

1

Iconic Picture Spots

Chestnut Ridge Trail is for the nature purist. There's little in the way of vista or waterfalls, just surrounded by the forest making this a popular easy hike of Roanoke.

Explorer Park Campsites scaled

4. Explore Park

 Easy    Nature Trails    Roanoke River       

14

Trail Miles

19

Trailheads

1

Food & Drink Options

6+

Primary Activities

Explore Park has 19 trails to choose from ranging in difficulty level. The walk that follows along Roanoke River is a great easy hike for the whole family. 

Fallingwater Waterfall scaled

5. Fallingwater

 Easy    Waterfalls    Blue Ridge Parkway       

1.4

Distance

420

Elevation

0:55

Hike Time

1

Iconic Picture Spots

Fallingwater Cascades Trail is picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway that's not only easy it's a loop hike so you'll never be on the same path more than once. 

Mill Mountain Star Close scaled

6. Mill Mountain Star Trail

 Medium    Panoramic Views    Overlooking Roanoke       

3.4

Distance

800

Elevation

2:10

Hike Time

1

Iconic Picture Spots

While the Mill Mountain Star Trail is a medium-difficulty hike, this is one of the few trails you can drive to the top and reap all the benefits while skipping the actual hiking. You're able to make this hike as easy as you'd like it to be.

Roanoke Hikes Easy Roanoke Greenway Yoanoke

7. Roanoke River Greenway

 Easy    Paved    Roanoke River       

13.5

Paved Miles

7

Trailheads

10+

Food & Drink Options

6+

Primary Activites

I don't know if the Greenway counts as a hike, but it's an easy stroll with view of the Mill Mountain Star and the Roanoke River. This is a must-see for any level of skill.

Roaring Run Falls scaled

8. Roaring Run Hoop Hole Trail

 Easy    Waterfalls    Picnic       

1.5

Distance

300

Elevation

1:00

Hike Time

1

Iconic Picture Spots

Roaring Run Hoop Hole Trail wins as the easiest waterfall hiking trail around. Taking the Woodland Trail on the way back made for a nice loop and a pass by the impressive furnace. 

Wind Rock Peak 1 scaled

9. Wind Rock

 Easy    Panoramic Views    Mountain Lake Wilderness       

1.0

Distance

400

Elevation

0:15

Hike Time

1

Iconic Picture Spots

For the amount of work you have to put into this hike (0.5 miles one way), Wind Rock has one of the best views you could ask for on the Appalachian Trail. 

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