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Sometimes you want to hike alone and then there are those times when you want your hiking buddies with you. These groups will help you find the path less traveled … and with more than 1,000 miles of trails within an hour’s drive of Roanoke that should be pretty easy.

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  • Pathfinders for Greenways Expand Collapse

    Pathfinders is a group of citizens who represent the trail users of the Roanoke Valley for non-motorized trail uses, with a vision is to have all area trail users meet and work together on projects that would benefit the community.

    • Promote and encourage development of a greenway network in the Roanoke Valley
    • Educate citizens and officials on greenway benefits and value
    • Raise and receive gifts, donations and grants for greenways
    • Organize volunteers to assist with greenway development and maintenance
  • Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC) Expand Collapse

    The Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club is a recreational hiking association of volunteers who preserve and improve the Appalachian Trail as the nation’s premier, continuous, long-distance footpath. Founded in 1932, the club is celebrating over 80 years of service and adventure on the Appalachian Trail.

  • Roanoke Outdoor and Social Club Expand Collapse

    This club seeks to bring together people from around Roanoke and the New River Valley (Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford, etc.) who are interested in outdoor activities.

    We hope to attract a wide variety of people with varying interests and experience levels and provide a mix of activities (hiking, backpacking, biking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, caving) that can be enjoyed by all.

    Membership is through the MeetUp website, and members must be at least 21 years old.

  • Virginia Tech Venture Out Expand Collapse

    Venture Out provides fun, safe, and educational outdoor services to Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, and the community of Blacksburg.

    The organization specializes in exciting outdoor adventures, quality rental gear at unbeatable rates, and valuable resources to help you plan the perfect adventure. Venture Out offers extensive outdoor resources on local, regional, and national recreation opportunities. We have a variety of brochures and books on hiking, backpacking, and camping in the New River Valley including information on all of the Virginia State Parks and National Forest.

    Office hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.

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