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 the other side of COVID-19 limitations, so go ahead and buy that piece of gear you’ve been thinking about, book a trip now, or purchase a gift card for future use. 

The goal of this page is to provide information on what each of our outdoor businesses are offering the community during this time. We will do our best to update it when we learn new information. Please let us know if you see any inaccurate or missing information. 

It’s important that no matter your personal viewpoint that we’re unified in our desire to beat this virus, to get past this, and get back to living life to the fullest. Please respect the shop owner that chooses not to open yet, and respect guidelines and rules they implement if they do; they’re doing it to protect you and their employees. If asked to wear a mask, do it. Now is not the time to create a division, it’s the time to create unity.

UPDATED May 23

Visit Forward Virginia for the latest information regarding state mandates and recommendations. (Click any image below for full size.)

OUTDOOR BUSINESSES (Gear, Outfitters & Activities) 

Alphabetical order 

Commercial Campgrounds

  • Allowed to open after May 15
  • State Park campgrounds set to open May 22

Alleghany Outdoors

  • Set to resume bike rentals for the Jackson River Scenic Trail along with tube and kayak rentals for the Jackson River the weekend of May 22.

American Flyers

  • Limited appointments starting June 1, 2020. No open shop hours at this time.
  • If we are working one on one, wear a mask, I will be sporting one along with gloves.
  • Hand sanitizer and a washroom are available.
  • And as always: free pickup & delivery, mobile service, sales tax included and online style prices.
  • Text or email with questions, 540-632-1766 or shop@theamericanflyer.com

Back Country Ski and Sports 

  • Closing permanently June 12, liquidation sale in progress.

Blue Mountain Adventures

  • Open for camping. Options include primitive tent site as well as glamping tent packages.
  • Tubing, kayaking, and COVID-safe shuttle service will begin May 22
  • Make reservations online

Cardinal Bicycle 

  • Limiting the shop to one (1) customer at a time and by appointment only
  • Free pickup and drop off for service and repair, call (540) 344-2453
  • Visit their website for ordering options and more details.

Downshift Bikes & Brews 

  • Open Monday through Friday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m.- 3 p.m.)
  • Pickup and delivery of your bike for service at no additional charge; place your order online
  • They are also delivering food, six-packs, and growlers 

 East Coasters 

  • Open Monday through Friday (noon-6 p.m.) and Saturday (12 p.m.-5 p.m.); doors will be locked; most business will be done outside; call for help (540-774-7933)
  • Shop online and on Facebook and schedule a pickup (pay online or over the phone)
  • Their recommendations: Consider an indoor bike trainer but when you have to ride outside, avoid the popular spots and explore a new one.  

Fleet Feet 

  • Reopening May 18
  • Curbside pickup still offered
  • Avoid the lines and schedule an appointment for your visit. Everyone else is on a first come first serve basis.
  • In-store safety protocols to include: all customers asked to wear masks (provided if you need one), social distancing, no contact, hand sanitizing stations, and employee temperature checks.
  • Shop online via www.fleetfeetroanoke.com and get free shipping on orders over $99.
  • Phone (540-777-1166)
  • Join the #runningisNOTcancelled movement

Just the Right Gear 

  • Open Monday through Friday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) 
  • Minimizing the number of people in the shop at the same time 

Orvis 

  • The downtown Roanoke store is reopening May 30 with limited hours.
  • Number of people in store will be limited
  • Curbside pickup can be arragned online or by calling the store (540-345-3635)
  • Temporary Hours: Mon (11am-6pm), Closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Thur-Sat (11am-6pm), and Sun (12pm-4pm).

Outdoor Trails 

  • Open Monday through Saturday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) 
  • Order gear or gift certificates by phone (540-992-5850) or email (daleville@outdoortrails.com) 
  • Special deals and ordering also available through their Facebook and Instagram pages
  • Reserve items through Locally.com
  • Curbside pickup for all purchases 

Roanoke Mountain Adventures 

  • Currently offering bike, SUP, and kayak rentals by appointment only.
  • Due to limited staffing you are advised to book your rental a few days in advance.
  • All equipment will be sanitized before and after each use.
  • No shuttles or guided trips.
  • Gift certificates for any amount are available and can be mailed; call (540-525-8295) or email info@roanokemountainadventures.com 

Rock House Marina

  • Open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Practicing safe social distancing while on Claytor Lake
  • Full-service marina and SUP rentals

RunAbout Sports 

  • Open Monday through Saturday (noon-5 p.m.), closed Sunday 
  • Call ahead to maximize social distancing or to request an item be brought curbside 
  • No cash or check transactions 
  • Virtual catalog on Facebook so you can check out new shoes
  • Implementing several free virtual races 

The River Rock 

  • Closed to the public until the CDC lifts its recommendation of limiting gatherings of 10 or more 
  • After several members expressed a desire to continue paying their membership dues in order to keep River Rock staff paid (even while closed), the gym set up a page to accept such donations.
  • You can purchase a gift card
  • Their recommendation: Book a private trip with local guide Granite Arches

Twin River Outfitters 

  • Open for the season
  • Campgrounds & Overnight trips resuming 5/15/2020
  • Implemented precautions to ensure safety and social distancing 
  • Asking guests to keep their party size small 
  • Online booking, waivers, and payment to minimize interactions

Underdog Bikes 

  • Open for appointments only Wednesday through Friday (Noon – 6 p.m.) and Saturday(noon-5 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m-5 p.m.); closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. 
  • Call ahead to schedule your service, drop off time, and payment. No cash.
  • No rentals or demos.
  • Phone 540-204-4276; email underdogbikes@gmail.com 

Walkabout Outfitter 

  • All stores will open 5/15 with limited hours of 10am – 5pm (Mon-Sat) and 12pm-4pm (Sun).
  • Stores will follow the 50% of capacity rule
  • Purchase items by phone, via Facebook, or online 
  • Items available for curbside pickup 

Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing

  • Cabin and campsite rentals available
  • Canoe rentals/shuttles, hiking trails open, limited food service
  • Currently enrolling for summer adventure camp
  • Call or email for availability

Zagster

  • Rentals are suspended until further notice

OUTDOOR LOCATIONS (Parks, Trails, Etc.)

Commercial & Public Campgrounds

  • Commercial campgrounds can resume operation May 15. State Park campgrounds will resume May 22.

Appalachian Trail 

  • The Appalachian Trail in Virginia is routed on a mix of federal, state, and/or local jurisdictions, each having different rules for closure/opening dates.
  • As of a May 21 update, the Triple Crown section (McAfee Knob, Dragon’s Tooth, and Tinker Cliffs) remains closed. The “Triple Crown” closure includes all National Park Service owned land between VA Route 624 (Newport Road) and VA Route 652 (Mountain Pass Road).
  • Some National Forest Service trail head parking lots are opening back up while others remain closed, so check before going.
  • All shelters and privies remain closed.
  • Visit the A.T. Covid page and click on Virginia for more details.

Blue Ridge Parkway

  • Road and trails are open.
  • Restrooms, lodges, and visitor centers are closed. 
  • Park only in designated areas.
  • If you encounter a crowded trail-head or overlook, go elsewhere.
  • Visit their website for up-to-date information.

Carvins Cove 

  • Carvins Cove Natural Reserve is open for trail use, fishing, and launching of personal boats (you must provide your own PFD). Due to the COVID19, boat rentals have been suspended until further notice. 
  • Boat Landing hours are 8:30 a.m – 6:30 p.m.
  • Sawmill Branch Trail, which connects to the A.T., is closed. Other Carvins Cove trails are open.
  • Restrooms at the Carvins Cove Boat Landing and Natural Reserve are closed.
  • Picnic shelters at the Carvins Cove Boat Landing are closed.
  • Parking is restricted at the Boat Landing area to limit the number of visitors. If a parking spot is not available, guests will not be allowed to stay and utilize the park.
  • No more than 10 people at any one time are allowed to congregate on the fishing piers, boat launching sites, parking lot or any other area in the park.
  • Fees are waived to limit the public’s contact with staff.

 Explore Park 

  • Outdoor amenities and trails are open.
  • Treetop Quest – aerial adventure course & ziplines will resume daily operation on Saturday, May 23, with limits of 9 participants every 20 minutes, and enhanced sanitation and social distancing procedures.
  • Visitor Center – The welcome and information center will resume daily operation on Saturday, May 23 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with reduced occupancy limits in place.
  • Tube & Kayak Rental – Gear rental and shuttle services will begin at the park on Friday, May 22, running each Friday through Monday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Shuttle service modifications have been made for social distancing.
  • Cabin, yurt, and RV rentals available through online reservation
  • Primitive campsites, as well as glamping tent packages available through Blue Mountain Adventures
  • Twin Creeks Brewpub is closed but planning to open in some capacity soon.

George Washington & Jefferson National Forests 

  • Restrooms, campgrounds, many day-use areas, and off-highway vehicle trails are closed.
  • The majority of trails are still open; visit their website to see how specific sites are affected.
  • Many parking lots for trails that access the Appalachian Trail are closed – see list.

Greenways

  • Roanoke City – With the exception of the Roanoke River Greenway, all paved greenways will open 5/15. Roanoke River Greenway will open 5/19. Parking lots will remain closed. For the Roanoke River Greenway, Wiley Drive will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic from Wasena to Franklin Road, and between Franklin Road and Crystal Spring Avenue, to further facilitate sufficient physical distancing.
  • Salem – All greenways are open.
  • Roanoke County – All greenways are open.
  • Vinton – All greenways are open.
  • Please visit www.greenways.org and find a greenway section you’ve yet to explore.

Jackson River Scenic Trail

  • Open.
  • All restrooms and trailheads are open.
  • Plan a trip.

Roanoke Parks and Recreation 

  • Encouraging folks NOT to use public trash cans because it is difficult for maintenance to keep up with increased usage while operating with reduced staff. 
  • All parks are open.
  • All restroom including port-a-toilets are closed.
  • With the exception of the Roanoke River Greenway, all paved greenways will open 5/15. Roanoke River Greenway will open 5/19. Parking lots will remain closed. For the Roanoke River Greenway, Wiley Drive will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic from Wasena to Franklin Road, and between Franklin Road and Crystal Spring Avenue, to further facilitate sufficient physical distancing.
  • All natural surface trails open.
  • Visit www.playroanoke.com for more details.

Roanoke County Parks & Recreation

  • All parks, trails, and outdoor recreation spaces are open.
  • Effective Saturday, May 23, playgrounds will re-open and limited recreational equipment such as basketball rims will return to parks.
  • Visitors must follow state mandated guidelines for group size and social distancing while utilizing any park, trail or greenway.
  • Picnic shelters and field rentals will not resume until Virginia enters Phase 2.
  • Visitors must comply with state-wide restrictions prohibiting gatherings of greater than 10 people.
  • Restrooms and limited portable toilets will be available, but visitors are encouraged to limit use of these facilities.

State Parks

Includes Douthat, Smith Mountain Lake, Claytor Lake, New River Trail, Fairy Stone, and Natural Bridge

  • State Parks are currently open for day-use only
  • Overnight stays will begin May 22
  • For most up to date information visit their COVID update page
  • New procedures and measures are in place to protect visitors
  • National Park Service updates are posted here