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Lick Run Greenway

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Distance: 2.8 miles


Spent the night at Hotel Roanoke, and now you want to take a really nice walk to explore the lovely city of Roanoke? This is your spot! Ask someone at the front desk to point you in the right direction.
  • Beginning of the greenway
  • Lighted area of the greenway
  • Crosswalk
  • Greenway continues to the right
  • Greenway crosses Orange Avenue
  • Cross intersection of Gainsboro and Orange
  • Lower Booker T. Washington Park
  • Cross intersection with care
  • Turn around for a beautiful view
  • Greenway continues to the left
  • Greenway leads through Brown-Roberson Park
  • Greenway crosses 8th Street
  • Greenway enters short residential section
  • 50 yards later
  • Walking along the greenway, traffic may be to your right
  • Turn left to continue on the greenway
  • A special reward
  • Marked path, but be aware
  • Wide, well maintained field
  • Area lit at night
  • After a steep climb
  • View of Valley View
  • Greenway exits in front of Target

Ideal for

  • an after dinner walk
  • a stroll from Hotel Roanoke to the Roanoke Civic Center
  • a calm bike ride
  • a walking conference with co-workers
  • a quiet place to hold a phone conference
  • Additional Map

Time requirements
This greenway can be completed completely within a few hours.  There are many fine stopping points along the way.  The map provided shows the complete trail from Hotel Roanoke to Valley View Mall.  Many fine shopping opportunities await, including Target, Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, and even a Starbucks.

Directions to the trailhead
Leave Hotel Roanoke at the lower parking lot.  Cross Wells at Commonwealth and you will find a sign noting the beginning of the Lick Run Greenway. 

Trail/Trip descriptions
This is a mostly flat, well marked trail.  There are many roads to be crossed along the way, but for the most part, it is a nice uninterupted spot to take a nice stroll.  The beginning and the end sections are well lit.  However, be aware that the middle two miles are not lit by artificial lights.  Most of the trail follows a lovely stream.  There is a wonderful view of Mill Mountain and the Mill Mountain Star about halfway along the greenway.

Notes/Add-ons
The Lick Run Greenway does not take you directly to the site, but behind the Hotel Roanoke is a fitting tribute to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The statue was recently erected and the bridge, which crosses over the roalroad tracks to Downtown Roanoke, was recently renamed for Dr. King.  Ask someone at the front desk how you can visit this very special place.

While walking in the area, be sure to stop by the O. Winston Link Museum and the Roanoke City Visitor's Center.  A stop here is certainly worth your time.  The O. Winston Link Museum was opened in 2004 and has a permanent and rotating gallery of the famous photographers work.  The Visitor's Center is an excellent place to stop to find out more about Roanoke, including places to visit, shop and dine.

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