Are you new to the area? Those who live in our apartments in Roanoke, VA are always looking for things to do on a budget and this blog can help you plan a fun Blue Ridge Day without having to spend a dime.
Whether playing by yourself or with friends, you can take advantage of some of the great free things to do in the Roanoke Valley.
You can't put a price tag on the views of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and you will be surprised at everything else you can also do.
There's no cost to enjoy many of the great outdoor experiences in Virginia's Blue Ridge, including hundreds of miles of easily accessible trails for hiking, biking, and paddling.
Blue Ridge Parkway
A visit to Virginia's Blue Ridge is not complete without spending some time on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The majestic road runs right through the Roanoke Valley and has earned the title of "America's Favorite Drive."
There are multiple access points for the Parkway around the valley, including an intersection near the Roanoke Star atop Mill Mountain. The Parkway is open year-round but is occasionally closed due to inclement weather.
The Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge is fortunate to have a variety of disc golf courses and a Disc Golf community that can provide more information about disc golf events in the area. In the City of Roanoke, disc golfers can enjoy the challenging nine hole course at Fishburn Park, which is located near Virginia Western Community College, and the course at Highland Park.
Botetourt County features the amazing Greenfield Disc Golf Course, recently named one of the Top 20 disc golf courses in the world!
In Roanoke County, take on the hills and slopes of the course at Walrond Park.
And in Franklin County, golfers can attempt to master the 18 holes that wind through the woods at the Franklin County Recreation Park.
Different organizations have created the Downtown Roanoke Geocaching Trail. This exciting activity provides you the opportunity to explore Downtown Roanoke and discover some of the rich history and culture of the area.
Hiking Trails - including McAfee Knob & the Appalachian Trail
Virginia's Blue Ridge is meant to be explored and our trails provide you an experience in your own mountain playground. The Roanoke Valley offers numerous hiking trails, ranging in levels of difficulty and lengths.
One of the most popular trails in the area is the 8.8-mile round-trip hike to McAfee Knob, part of the Appalachian Trail. The views from McAfee Knob are unforgettable but difficult to describe, which is one of the reasons it is the most photographed spot on the Appalachian Trail.
Roanoke Star & Overlook
Enjoy a little stargazing when you visit Virginia's Blue Ridge by making your way up to the Roanoke Star, the world's largest freestanding man-made star. The star, which sits atop Mill Mountain, is illuminated at night and the overlook provides a breathtaking view of the Roanoke Valley and surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.
Roanoke Valley Greenways
With over 30 miles of greenways in the Roanoke Valley, this provides a great opportunity to enjoy some of the natural beauty of Virginia's Blue Ridge.
The Greenways can serve as a historic tour, with many of them weaving through some of Roanoke's most historic and charming neighborhoods. The Greenways, which are paved, are commonly used for biking, jogging, walking, and leashed pets are allowed.
Some of the most popular greenways include: Roanoke River Greenway, Mill Mountain Greenway, and Lick Run Greenway.