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Bring the Outside Inside [Outdoor Books]

Stuck inside? Stay connected with outdoor-themed books. These reads are perfect for the back porch or snuggling under a blanket by a window.

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COVID-19 Outdoor Updates (Roanoke Region)

Please continue to support local outdoor businesses and natural areas of play in a safe manner during COVID-19 restrictions. Many businesses are open in some capacity. We’re going to need them when we come out […]

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Social Distancing Outside

I hope this note finds you weathering today’s environment with a positive outlook. We know it isn’t easy. A week ago, we had to cancel the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, the Freedom First Down […]

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Pete’s Pick: We Need YOU on Race Weekend

There’s still time to be a part of Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon race weekend … without any training! Volunteer during the race or at Freedom First Down by Downtown on the weekend of April […]

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Down by Downtown Offers Free Concert Featuring Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience

Down by Downtown will offer a showcase of free live music for two days at Elmwood Amphitheater in April thanks to a partnership from Freedom First Credit Union. Freedom First Down by Downtown is a […]

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Mayflower Hills Disc Golf Course Among Best in the World

Need one more reason to get outside? One of the world’s best disc golf courses is right in your backyard. The Mayflower Hills Disc Golf Course at Explore Park was recently named one of 50 […]

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Save the Date: Paddling Film Festival

Franklin County Parks and Recreation is hosting the 15th Annual Paddling Film Festival at the Harvester in Rocky Mount on March 4.

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Have a Beer with Us & Deschutes Community Pints

Come have a beer with us at the Deschutes Tasting Room in Downtown Roanoke on Tuesdays in March. The Roanoke Outside Foundation is the beneficiary of the Community Pints program this month, with $1 from […]

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Orvis’ Fly-Fishing and Outdoor Festival Comes to Roanoke

UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.  ROANOKE, Va. (March 16, 2020) – Orvis and Roanoke Outside have canceled the Down the Hatch festival previously scheduled for March 21 in Roanoke, VA. […]

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Contest: Win Blue Ridge Marathon Entries

You and your “solemate” could win free entries into the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon on April 18.

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Tips to safely get outside:

  • Avoid heavy use areas (e.g. McAfee Knob and Dragon’s Tooth)
  • Choose off-peak times for popular areas (e.g. Roanoke River Greenway)
  • All campgrounds are closed; the Appalachian Trail is closed
  • Limit group to your household
  • Pack out your trash
COVID-19 Outdoor Updates