Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve

Roanoke, Virginia 24048

Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve

Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"An abundance of the rare piratebush is the reason for the preservation of this parcel of Poor Mountain. You can not only see this plant in season but also enjoy a varied loop on well-built trail. First, visit an overlook of the valley below and mountains beyond before dropping to visit a pair of waterfalls. Climb back to the trailhead with more views between the pines.

Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve is rich with a rare plant known as piratebush, found in limited locations in the states of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee and nowhere else in the world. Poor Mountain hosts more piratebush plants than all other known planetary locations combined. Botanists cannot explain this concentration of piratebush. For that reason, this 925-acre parcel of Poor Mountain deserves to be in the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, whose mission is to conserve “Virginia’s biodiversity through inventory, protection, and stewardship.”"

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3.7 hours
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5 hours
2,250 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 217 Governor St., Richmond, VA 23219; 804-786-7951, dcr.virginia.gov
Local Contacts
Poor Mountain Natural Area, USGS Bent Mountain
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018