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Palmer's Pond

Intermediate
 5.0 (1)

A brief connector between Old Salem Turnpike Trail and Deer Run Trail, but worth the hike by itself.


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0.3

Miles

0.5

KM

Point to Point

1,081' 329 m

High

915' 279 m

Low

4' 1 m

Up

169' 52 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife

Description

Following this path from Old Salem Turnpike Trail to Deer Run Trail, you're going to look for the yellow blazes. There's a wooden bench nearby. Get ready! It's all downhill from here (but in a good way).

It becomes steep relatively quickly. The path here is narrow, probably not enough for two people to hike comfortably abreast. It is not overgrown, though, so just take your time and you can make it easily enough. There are switchbacks to break up the downhill, and eventually it curves down to some tall wooden steps embedded in the trail, and they are TALL steps, but there aren't many.

Finally, after all that, you'll be rewarded with a view of Palmer's Pond itself. Cross the wooden bridge and you'll arrive at Deer Run Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Listen at Palmer's Pond for frogs and toads calling! In the right season, you'll certainly see dragonflies.

Contacts

Local Club: Roanoke Outside

Land Manager: Roanoke Parks and Recreation

Shared By:

Helen White

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