Roaring Run is an excellent hiking trail for the whole family. The easy, well-marked trail begins at a historic iron furnace and winds back and forth along the Roaring Run stream. You will pass rock walls, cascading water, and cross five footbridges before ending at beautiful Roaring Run Falls.
Roaring Run is more than a hiking trail; it is also a great trout stream with a natural water slide at lower levels. At higher levels, it becomes a Class V+ creek. Bring your water shoes and a bathing suit because the natural water slide is a thrilling ride.
From Roanoke – Take I-81 and get off at Exit 150B to US-220 N. Turn left at SR 615 and go 5.5 miles. Turn right onto SR 621 and go 1 mile to Roaring Run entrance, which will be on the left. The trip should take about 40 minutes (27.5 miles) from I-81.
At Virginia Mountain Vineyards you can forget about the present and enjoy the picturesque mountain views visible on top of Zion Hill. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge and Alleghany mountains, the vineyard is 14 miles north of Interstate 81 outside of Fincastle.
The first generation family owned and operated vineyard and winery, offers 13 wines. Owners David and Marie Gibbs are happy answer questions about the vineyard or winery; greater knowledge about grape growing, harvesting, and processing may help you to better appreciate and enjoy a good wine.
Virginia Mountain Vineyards was established in the spring of 1998 with the planting of 3,325 Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc vines. There are more than 5,625 vines today with the addition of Merlot, Traminette, and Petit Verdot grapes covering more than 9.5 acres. Virginia Mountain Vineyard is part of the Wine Trail of Botetourt County.
The winery is open March through December.
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