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Read-Mountain-PreserveRead Mountain is a 243-acre park in Roanoke County and one of the county’s largest passive recreation areas.

The park includes a 5-mile trail system with moderate to strenuous levels of difficulty. The main feature of the park is a 2-mile trail to Read Mountain’s summit, known as Buzzards Rock. The view from the top is one of the best in the Roanoke Region.

Nearby Breweries

  • Barrel Chest Wine and Beer Expand Collapse

    Barrel Chest has Roanoke’s largest, most expertly curated selection of craft beer and fine wine. It is the only retail store in the area to have beer on tap, wine by the glass, and growler fills to go. Beer options include plenty of names you know and beers brewed on site.

    Open daily.

  • Big Lick Brewing Company Expand Collapse

    Big Lick Brewing Company is Roanoke’s only nano brewery and taproom that is “specializing in craft beer with an emphasis on quality and variety.” What’s different about Big Lick is that you will seldom find the same beer on two different visits.

    You might find anything from a cream ale to IPA to porter at any given time.

    The taproom is open Thursday through Saturday. You can grab a stool right next to the 2bbl brewing system. Bring your growler for a fill-up to go.

  • Flying Mouse Brewery Expand Collapse

    Secluded in a hollow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Flying Mouse Brewery focuses on the experience and enjoyment of craft beer as part of an active outdoor lifestyle, whether it be a cold draft after a long hike or a pint over conversation at dinner after a day of cycling.

    The brewery is accessible to Appalachian Trail hikers (less than half a mile from the trail) and for cyclists traveling along the TransAmerica 76 Bicycle route, which rolls past the brewery entrance.

    The tasting room and beer garden are open Friday through Sunday. Beer is available for take away in Flying Mouse Bullet growlers and packable beer pouches.

  • Parkway Brewing Company Expand Collapse

    Parkway Brewing Company is a 4 vessel, 30 bbl micro-brewery with a 17,000 barrel capacity, in Salem, Virginia, specializing in distinctive ales for the discriminating beer enthusiast. Founded in 2012, Parkway Brewing offers several beers exclusively on-site, as well as flagship beers sold in bottles and kegs throughout Virginia. Currently producing over 12 varieties of styles, Parkway will expand into new markets in other states in 2017.

    Random live music, from old-time bluegrass to blues and rock, and a variety of food trucks make this a destination for weary travelers who need a break from driving on Interstate 81. A casual, low-key vibe, along with some stellar brews keep the locals coming back for more. Family friendly and boasting an outdoor beer garden, Parkway Brewing has become one of Salem’s most unique and welcome community assets. Check their website at www.parkwaybrewing.com for news of Special Events both on and off-site.

    The tasting room is open Sundays and Mondays from 2-8pm, CLOSED TUESDAYS, and open Wednesdays through Saturdays from Noon-8:30pm.

  • Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers Expand Collapse

    Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers opened in Downtown Roanoke in 2014 and features a mix of styles including Kolsch, Belgian white, IPA, APA, nut brown ale, porter, and seasonal specialties.

    The brewery is just four blocks from Hotel Roanoke and the Roanoke City Market. Stop by to sample what’s new or hang around for the weekly cornhole tournaments or live music in the tasting room.

    The tasting room is open Thursday through Saturday.

  • Twin Creeks Brewing Co. Expand Collapse

    Twin Creeks Brewing Company is Vinton and Roanoke County’s first micro-brewery. The brewery has plenty of options on tap from blonde ales to IPAs to porters. The brewery also has food trucks and live music on site. Extra parking at Vinton Farmer’s Market, Between the farmer’s market and post office, and Vinton Library (after hours).

    Open Thursday through Saturday.

Nearby Wineries

  • Fincastle Vineyard & Winery Expand Collapse

    Nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Fincastle Vineyard & Winery produces wines using traditional Bordeaux small scale techniques. From the vines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay come wines pressed gently and aged in oak.

    The winery opened in 2003 with a special emphasis on quality and according to the Virginia Wine Guide “Fincastle’s 2001 reds are beautifully handcrafted blockbuster wines, dark, lush and intensely flavored.”

    You can see the vineyard from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 100. And the winery is pet-friendly. Fincastle Winery is part of the Wine Trail of Botetourt County.

    The winery is open year round, Thursday though Monday.

Nearby Shopping & Gear

  • American Flyers Expand Collapse

    American Flyers has 30 years of experience as a bicycle technician in custom builds, upgrades, wheels and fittings for all makes and models. Free pickup and delivery in the Roanoke area. Open Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Available by appointment and on call hours.

  • Blue Ridge Bicycle Club Expand Collapse

    The purposes of The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club, Inc. are to promote and encourage the use of the bicycle for transportation and recreation in Southwest Virginia; to support the rights of cyclists; to provide information in the interest of bicycling safety; and to promote competitive cycling. From trail access to helmet laws, the BRBC is strongly active in all advocacy issues.

    The club has been responsible for helping open up trail access at Carvins Cove, build trails for Explore Park, begin the construction of greenways, sponsor Team BRBC, gain improvements on Roanoke Valley roadways, and organize bicycle rodeos to teach bike safety. But the work is never done. The Roanoke Valley needs more road improvements, trail access and bicycle awareness, so become a member.

  • Blue Ridge Land Conservancy Expand Collapse

    The Blue Ridge Land Conservancy has helped preserve over 16,000 acres of land and 34 miles of streams since its founding in 1996. The group promotes and holds conservation easements, permanent legal agreements that protect what makes western Virginia such a special place to work and play.

    The Blue Ridge Land Conservancy  is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

  • BOLE Ball Expand Collapse

    bole-ball-tarahumaraBOLE is the maker of running balls used for the ancient endurance sport of the Tarahumara Native Americans.  BOLE is a sport that tests your dexterity and running ability. The sport was first played by the Tarahumara, a group of Native Americans famed for incredible feats of endurance. Our mission is to create a running ball with the same characteristics as the balls used by the Tarahumara. We pride ourselves on crafting running balls that have excellent performance, superb style, and product integrity. Now everybody can experience the running sport of stoneage superathletes. Buy your own handmade BOLE balls now – made in Roanoke, VA.

  • Botetourt County Horseman’s Association Expand Collapse

    The Botetourt County Horseman’s Association is designed to promote interest in breeding and showing of horses, to promote better horsemanship, to offer educational opportunities and social activities, and to stimulate interest in the equine and local equine activities and events.

    The group meets monthly and maintains an active Facebook group.

  • Boy Scouts of America Blue Ridge Mountains Council Expand Collapse

    Scouting is about building character, developing personal fitness, and learning leadership and citizenship. These goals are achieved in the outdoors. The adventure of hiking, camping, swimming, boating, high-adventure challenges, and touring is woven into the scouting program.

    • Cub Scouts: First through fifth grades (seven to 10 years old)
    • Boy Scouting: Ages 11-17, program of fun outdoor activities, peer group leadership opportunities and a personal exploration of career, hobby and special interests
    • Venturing: Youth development program for young men and women who are ages 14-20
  • Cardinal Bicycle Expand Collapse

    Cardinal Bicycle has been serving the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia since 1977. Cardinal has a knowledgeable sales staff, a certified mechanic with over 25 years of experience, and a certified fit professional.

  • Clean Valley Council Expand Collapse

    The Clean Valley Council is a non-profit organization that has served the Roanoke Valley for more than 30 years. CVC provides educational programming and citizen participation events to spread the word about litter prevention, recycling, waste stream reduction, stormwater pollution prevention and protecting our natural resources.

    CVC provides educational resources and programming for the school systems, the public, and the municipalities in the cities of Roanoke and Salem, the counties of Botetourt and Roanoke and the town of Vinton. The group hosts and sponsors several regional litter cleanup events and e-waste collections each year.

  • Downshift Expand Collapse

    Downshift was founded in 2017 with a mission to bring bicycles to life. Whether you are interested in riding a bike for fitness, commuting to work, shopping at the farmers market, or enjoying a leisurely ride along the greenway, Downshift can offer advice and support to get you started.

    The shop has bikes, apparel, and accessories for sale, offers service and repair, classes, and custom builds. Downshift also has food options, uncluding breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as craft coffee and beer on tap … so make sure to stop in.

  • East Coasters Bike Shop – Roanoke Expand Collapse

    East Coasters is a full service bike shop offering new bikes for sale and professional repair on all makes and models. The shop carries everything you need to make your ride safer, more enjoyable, and most importantly – more fun!

    In addition to promoting and assisting local races, East Coasters offers weekly rides and dedicates recycling resources for tubes, chains, gears, paper, plastic, aluminum, and steel.

  • Float Fisherman of VA Expand Collapse

    The Roanoke Valley Chapter of the Float Fishermen of Virginia is a varied group of boaters that includes rafters, kayakers and canoeists. The group floats the rivers, streams and waterways of Virginia and works to preserve and protect these important natural resources.

  • Gander Mountain Expand Collapse

    If you’re going fishing at Smith Mountain Lake or hiking on the Appalachian Trail, make sure you’re prepared with a stop at the Roanoke Gander Mountain. The store has a tremendous assortment of the top brand-name gear as well as technical clothing designed to make your day more enjoyable.

  • Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Expand Collapse

    For almost 100 years Girl Scouts have been helping girls discover their self potential. Did you know that 70 percent of women in the U.S. Congress were Girl Scouts? They’re not alone. About 69 percent of female executives and leaders have participated in Girl Scouts.

    Girl Scouts has age-appropriate programs that meet the needs of today’s girls from kindergarten to 12th grade. The model is based on three principles:

    • Girls discover their world and their own potential and strengthen their values
    • Girls connect with others through caring relationships and team building
    • Girls become empowered to take action and be advocates for themselves and others
  • Mountain Laurel Designs Expand Collapse

    Mountain Laurel Designs is a Roanoke-based manufacturer of ultra-light outdoor gear. The product line includes 9.75 oz backpacks to tents, clothing, gear, drybags, cook sets, and more.

  • Muddy Squirrel Expand Collapse

    Muddy Squirrel is your gateway to outdoor adventure. If you would like to start trail running, mountain biking, orienteering, or even shooting, they have the tools you’ll need in a fun, risk-free environment. Muddy Squirrel offers women’s only events, guided trips, kids’ birthday parties, and corporate team-building.

  • Orvis Expand Collapse

    Located in Downtown Roanoke, the Orvis retail store is a one-stop shop for your fly fishing needs. The store carries a selection of fly rods, flies, clothing, lessons, and more. Plus, Orvis offers periodic fly lessons.

  • Outdoor Gear Consignment Shop at RMA Expand Collapse

    One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

    No longer a kayaker, sell your old boat. Thinking about hiking the Appalachian Trail but don’t have a backpack, pick up a used one.

    The Outdoor Gear Consignment Shop at Roanoke Mountain Adventures is a great way to get a little cash for that outdoor gear you no longer use, and it’s a great way to get a deal on that piece of gear you’ve been wanting but can’t justify buying at full retail price.

    Come browse the current selection of gently used gear between 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

    And if you want to unload your gear, contact James or Dan at 540-525-8295 or email info@roanokemountainadventures.com with descriptions, desired sales price and pictures (if available).

  • Outdoor Trails Expand Collapse

    Outdoor Trails is your outdoor gear and clothing specialist. Founded in 1995 on the principle that enjoying the outdoors leads to a better quality of life, Outdoor Trails has the knowledge and the passion to help you with all your outdoor equipment and clothing needs.

    Selection includes tents, backpacks, clothing, camping gear, climbing gear, and camping rentals. Outdoor Trails also provides a shuttle service for hiking the Appalachian Trail.

  • River Rock Youth Climbing Programs Expand Collapse

    The River Rock Climbing Gym has multiple youth programs, clubs, and activities throughout the year. Some of these clubs include Parent;s Night Out, Member Kids Club (ages 5+), Youth Club, and a Youth Competitive Team.

  • 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 Mountain Adventures Expand Collapse

    Roanoke Mountain Adventures is a full service outfitter offering guided trips for mountain biking, road cycling, paddleboarding, kayaking and other activities. In addition RMA offers shuttles, instructional clinics and rentals for all their outdoor gear. They also have an Outdoor Gear Consignment shop at their location, selling used boats, bikes, outerwear and other outdoor gear.

  • Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society Expand Collapse

    The Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society is an organization of amateur astronomers dedicated to the pursuit of astronomical observational and photographic activities. Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month. Meetings are open to the public. Observing sessions are held one or two weekends a month at a dark-sky site. No telescope is needed to participate.

  • Sportsman’s Warehouse Expand Collapse

    Whether your passion is hunting, fishing, camping, backpacking or shooting, it’s important to have the right equipment when you head into the great outdoors. That’s why Sportsman’s Warehouse carries only top-quality, brand-name products for the serious outdoor enthusiast.

  • Starlight Bicycles Expand Collapse

    Starlight Bikes is a full-service bike shop located in Grandin Village.  The shop offers quick turnaround on all types of bike repair. Starlight also stocks Felt, Ibis, Spot Brand, and Orbea bikes and hosts several group rides throughout the week.

  • The Original Pub Run Roanoke Expand Collapse

    The the first Pub Run Group in Roanoke is a group that likes to socialize after runs. The pub run has been taking place weekly since 2008. Find each week’s run on Facebook.

    • Activities: Meets weekly for 3-5 mile run/walk in the Grandin Road. Group meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Village Grill.
    • Who should join: For running, jogging, and walking; pace for everyone with no one left behind.
    • Cost: Free
    • Contact info: John Park, sapark@vt.edu
  • The River Rock Expand Collapse

    The area’s premier climbing gym, The River Rock, is an indoor rock climbing gym located on the first floor of the River House next to the Roanoke River Greenway and Wasena Park. The River Rock features 8,500 square feet of roped climbing and bouldering, with over 90 lead and top-rope routes and 160 boulder problems.

  • Trail Running with Muddy Squirrel Expand Collapse

    Trail Running training program that lasts six weeks and concludes with a social run for everyone. (There is also a 3-week training option.) The sessions will help you learn how to navigate trails and terrain, how to stay injury-free, and how to “think like a trail runner.”

    • Activities: Training and social runs for trail runners of all levels. Times and locations of social runs are posted on Facebook.
    • Who should join: Runners of all levels.
    • Cost: Social run if free; training program is $49
  • Trout Unlimited Expand Collapse

    The Roanoke Chapter of Trout Unlimited is a diverse group of more than 265 people with the common interest of pursuing the Trout Unlimited mission to “conserve, protect and restore North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.”

  • UnderDog Bikes Expand Collapse

    UnderDog Bikes offers bike rentals (including tandems and adult big wheels), service, sales, and sweet bike art. UnderDog Bikes is located just off the Roanoke River Greenway.

  • Walkabout Outfitter – Downtown Roanoke Expand Collapse

    Co-Owned by Kirk Miller, an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker and Eagle Scout; Walkabout Outfitter carries clothing, footwear, and equipment for camping, hiking, backpacking, travel and everyday wear.

    Walkabout Outfitter sells outdoor, travel, and lifestyle clothing from The North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear and offer plenty of footwear options to include: Keen, Chaco, Merrell and Ahnu.  Walkabout sells top of the line gear from Osprey, Eagles Nest Outfitters, MSR, Leki, Petzl, Black Diamond and more.

  • Walkabout Outfitter – Valley View Mall Expand Collapse

    Co-Owned by Kirk Miller, an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker and Eagle Scout; Walkabout Outfitter carries clothing, footwear, and equipment for camping, hiking, backpacking, travel and everyday wear.

    Walkabout Outfitter sells outdoor, travel, and lifestyle clothing from The North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear and offer plenty of footwear options to include: Keen, Chaco, Merrell and Ahnu.  Walkabout sells top of the line gear from Osprey, Eagles Nest Outfitters, MSR, Leki, Petzl, Black Diamond and more.

  • We Run Roanoke Expand Collapse

    Explore Roanoke with a running group that mixes it up with two group runs each week. The catch is that you never know where the run might take you because the location moves before each run and is announced on Facebook the day before. Recent runs have include 3- to 5-mile runs through Downtown Roanoke at night with glowing gear, runs along the greenway, and around the track at Hidden Valley High School. The group is large enough that every runner is sure to find a pace partner.

    • Activities: Group runs on Mondays and Thursdays (usually at 6:30 p.m.); location announced the day before on Facebook.
    • Who should join: Open to all runners
    • Cost: Free
    • Contact info: Facebook group
  • Wingman Outfitter Expand Collapse

    Wingman Outfitter is a unique, growing company that has transformed and enhanced the experience of the canoe. The primary product of Wingman Outfitter is the Canoe Cooler Outrigger, however the company also offers useful dry bags and quality apparel.

    The Canoe Cooler Outrigger is a durable multi-functional patent pending Cooler Outrigger that is the only product on the market that utilizes coolers to provide additional storage and when properly used added stability to your canoe. All materials are sourced from reputable U.S. companies and manufacturing is completed in Roanoke, VA.

    Key features of the Wingman Outfitter include:

    • Aluminum frame that telescopes from a setting close to the boat for a more streamlined float and a setting further out for additional stability.
    • Carpeted platform that serves many functions including additional seating for a third passenger, kids, your dog, or a raised platform from which to fish from.
    • Two 2,500 lb. rated heavy duty non-stretch polyester webbing straps and stainless steel ratchets for mounting to any canoe
    • Two durable Wingman Outfitter branded 48 quart white Rubbermaid coolers.

    Additionally, platform extensions and the highly-useful table adapter set can be purchased with the Canoe Cooler Outrigger. The table adapter set allows the platform to double as a campsite table.

    Wingman Outfitter is a Roanoke, Virginia-based company that is changing the way that anglers, adventurers, and the casual canoe-rider enjoy their experience on the water. By adding a multi-purpose platform to the canoe, there is stability, comfort, and safety added to anyone’s voyage.

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