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Mill Mountain Star Trail

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Distance: 1.5 miles


The Star Trail traverses from the Roanoke River to the city's highest point, the summit of Mill Mountain (1703 ft.) & the Roanoke Star. 500 acres of parkland atop Mill Mountain, picnic areas, overlooks that provide 20-60 mile vistas, access to additional hiking trails, the Mill Mountain Zoo and more
  • millstar.jpg
  • MillView.jpg
  • gravel road to start
  • hikers only
  • Be aware
  • Yellow blazes mark the trail
  • stairs to crosswalk
  • Cross carefully!
  • Notice Terrain Change
  • leisure hike
  • terrain change
  • fallen trees
  • be aware
  • This sign should read...
  • Trail ends
  • Trail Reward
  • Trail reward

Mill Mountain Star Trail traverses from the Roanoke River to Roanoke's highest point - the summit of Mill Mountain (1703 ft.) and the Roanoke Star. This area offers 500 acres of parkland atop Mill Mountain, picnic areas, two overlooks that provide 20-60 mile vistas, access to additional hiking trails, the Mill Mountain Zoo and the Mill Mountain Discovery Center.

  • 3.4 mile round trip, out and back hike
  • Moderate difficulty
  • <5 min. from downtown Roanoke
Directions to Trailhead
  • Take I-581 to Elm Ave. / Rt. 24 (Exit 6)
  • Turn onto Elm Ave. /Rt. 24E (heading away from downtown)
  • Follow Elm Ave. to 9th St. and turn right
  • Follow 9th St. across bridge to Riverland Rd. and turn left
  • Follow ~0.2 miles to road on right with Mill Mountain Star Trail sign
  • Turn right and go up hill to parking lot on left
Trail Description
  • From the parking lot follow the signs uphill along the road
  • The road ends and the trail continues through the woods
  • Cross J.B. Fishburn Parkway
  • Ascend to the top of Mill Mountain and the viewing platform next to the star
  • Retrace your steps for the return trip
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