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Buck Mountain Trail on Roanoke Mountain

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Distance: 0.4 miles


A lovely four mile driving loop along the Blue Ridge Parkway hides a wonderful treasure. You would never know the trail leads to such wonderful exploration and discovery. The trail markers are missing, but use the notes given here to walk this very short, family friendly trail.
  • caution
  • trail entrance
  • beautiful plants, notice terrain
  • nice spot to read
  • nice thicket of mountain laurels
  • side trails to explore
  • Reward!
  • ponder, explore, just listen
  • rock cropping explore zone
  • the stuff of poetry
  • backside of rock cropping
  • heading back up
  • Out so soon?
  • Turn left to return

Ideal for

  • Family walks
  • A quiet placeto read, reflect
  • Walk the dog
Time Requirements
The trail is very short itself.  Do set aside time for the ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the four mile (round trip) loop around Roanoke Mountain.

Directions to trailhead
  • Buck Mountain Trail is located in the upper parking lots of the 4 mile loop on Roanoke Mountain, located off the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 123
  • Two tenths of a mile past mile marker 123, headed south on the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Take the BRP south for 2.8 miles from where it crosses U.S. 220 south of Roanoke. (The BRP crosses on overpass, but there are entry roads to the parkway from 220.)
  • The trailhead, named Buck Mountain Overlook, will be on the left.

Trail Description
This very short trail takes you away from the parking lot and instantly into a virtually untouched spot in nature.  There are rocks to climb, trees to explore and wonderful spots to sit and listen to the birds around you. 

Notes/Add-ons
  • Take any trash you might find out with you and keep this spot wonderful! 
  • Want to help keep this a special place? Take time to learn more about the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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