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Chesnut Ridge Trail

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 left onto Mill Mountain Spur Rd.
  • Drive 1.1 miles to trailhead at Chestnut Ridge Overlook parking lot on your right.

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