Read Mountain Preserve

Roanoke, Virginia 24050

Read Mountain Preserve

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike explores the 258-acre preserve at Read Mountain, a wooded ridge rising northeast of downtown Roanoke. Climb along a hollow, then work your way up the rocky south slope, making view-filled Buzzard Rock. Travel the mountain crest, then complete your loop on the aptly named Rocky Way Trail, grabbing another stellar view from the Devils Drop.

Read Mountain is one of those hiking destinations that, once you discover them, you can’t help but return to time and again, season to season, while bragging that you were the first among your hiking compadres to go there. Sure, there are sexier destinations like McAfee Knob and higher destinations like Mountain Lake Wilderness, but Read Mountain Preserve, a Roanoke County park, holds its own—and it keeps getting better. It has been a recreation destination since the 1930s, when the Civilian Conservation Corps built trails atop Read Mountain. Ever since, folks have been going up there to hike and reap views."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3.5 hours
1,350 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,270 feet
Top Elevation
Read Mountain Preserve, 6101 Crumpacker Drive, Bonsack, VA 24019; 540-387-6078,
Local Contacts
Read Mountain Preserve, USGS Roanoke
Local Maps

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Dec 2018