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Chesnut Ridge Trail

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Distance: 5.1 miles


The Chestnut Ridge Trail is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a wide and well-graded path lined with mountain laurel and rhododendron. 5.4 mile hike that can be shortened to 2.5 or 3.4 miles.
  • Beginning of the trail
  • Trail marker, complete loop 5.4 miles
  • Look out for trail map markers
  • Red blazes mark the trail
  • Double red signals a change
  • Straight at crossroads
  • Trail map marker
  • Left turn leaves the trail
  • Little ones need to take a hand
  • Red blaze and a note
  • A strong hiking pole might help
  • steep, loose rock incline
  • left to continue loop, straight to head back to the campground
  • Go left to continue on the CRLT.
  • Trail extremely narrow
  • CRLT continues to the right
  • CRLT follows Rt. 672
  • Back into the thicket
  • Stay left to continue on CRLT
  • First week of July, prepare to feast!
  • Trail marker notes you are heading in the right direction
  • Continue straight to stay on the trail
  • Double red again
  • Right to campfire circle
  • The loop is complete.

The Chestnut Ridge Trail is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a wide and well-graded path lined with mountain laurel and rhododendron.

  • 5.4 mile figure-eight loop trail that can be shortened to 2.5 and/or 3.4 miles
  • Easy to moderate
  • 10 minutes from downtown Roanoke
Ideal for
  • a long, winding walk
  • exploring nature
  • horseback exploring
Directions to Trailhead
  • Take I-581S/220S out of Roanoke. As you begin to leave Roanoke you will see entrance signs for Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Drive north on Parkway to milepost 120.5
  • Turn right onto Mill Mountain Spur Rd.
  • Drive 1.1 miles to trailhead at Chestnut Ridge Overlook
Add On
  • Finish your day with a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Grab some picnic supplies and head to Valhalla Vineyards
  • Enjoy the view from the Mill Mountain Star, the world's largest freestanding illuminated man-made star, constructed in 1949.  Call your friends when you get to the star and have them check you out on the StarCam
  • Experience a dazzling multimedia show under a 40-foot planetarium dome at the Science Museum of Western Virginia
  • Visit the Mill Mountain Zoo
  • No visit is complete without a “cheesy western all the way” from Roanoke’s iconic Texas Tavern, open 24 hrs

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