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Mill Mountain Park Loop

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 4.3 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The Mill Mountain Park trail system offers incredible options within 5 minutes of downtown Roanoke.


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7.3

Miles

11.7

KM

Loop

1,760' 536 m

High

1,138' 347 m

Low

1,293' 394 m

Up

1,291' 394 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

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Overview

With 12-plus miles of trail within minutes of downtown Roanoke, Mill Mountain Park offers hikers a great variety of options for a hike. This loop hits the highlights of the trail system for a nice, moderate loop.

Description

The Mill Mountain Park trail system offers incredible mountain biking and hiking options within 5 minutes of downtown Roanoke. The trails encompass the summit of Mill Mountain and the Roanoke Star.

The loop starts out on the Star Trail briefly before connecting to Monument Trail. From here, the trail climbs slightly before hikers cross over to the Ridgeline Trail which is an intermediate trail that runs along the ridge/spine of Mill Mountain.

From Ridgeline Trail, a short hike on Mill Mountain Greenway will get you to Big Sunny Trail which runs along the western edge of the park. Keep an eye open for a junction with the Riser Trail where you'll want to take a left; continuing on the Big Sunny Trail will dead end at a neighborhood.

Riser Trail is a short connector that will bring you back to Ridgeline Trail. Hike south, and eventually you'll cross over Mill Mountain Parkway to start on the Wood Thrush Trail. Wood Thrush Trail is a sweet singletrack trail which short climbs and long descents. The trail winds you through a lush wooded forest.

Wood Thrush Trail eventually ends back at a 3-way junction with the Star Trail and Star-Woodthrush Connector Trail. Take the Star Trail to return back to the parking lot where you started.

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90' neon star at the top of Mill Mountain
Aug 7, 2017 near Cedar B…, VA

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