Fort Lewis Mountain (Havens WMA)

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Havens Wildlife Management Area occupies a whopping 7,190 acres of Fort Lewis Mountain, about 5 miles west of Roanoke. This is steep and generally inaccessible terrain except to the most hardcore of hikers.

Elevations range from 1,500 to 3,200 feet at the top of the mountain. There is very little water present, occurring only in small intermittent streams that flow through the area during wet periods and several water holes constructed for wildlife.

The biking is incredible, but you should absolutely plan on being out there for a full day. Havens has two primary public access points, the Carroll’s Access Road from Route 619 (Wildwood Road) on the south side and Route 622 (Bradshaw Road) where it joins the area’s northwest boundary.

Distance

  • The Havens Wildlife Management Area includes 7,190 acres.

Bike It, Hike It

  • Since there are two entrance points, it is advised to look at a map beforehand.
  • The Havens Wildlife Management Area is owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and it is noted that access for persons under the age of 18 requires a WMA access permit.

Directions/Parking

  • Access from Interstate 81 at Salem is via Route 619 or 311 North toward Catawba.
  • From Roanoke, Take I-81S to exit 137 in Salem (12 miles). Continue onto Rt. 619/Wildwood Rd for 2.1 miles. Turn left onto Saw Mill Branch Rd and drive for approximately 1 mile. Keep right and continue for 2 miles until you see the trail.
  • Parking is available on the side on of the road by the trail.

Add-On Adventures

  • Take a hike on any of the famous Appalachian Trail hikes located a short drive away in Catawba such as McAfee Knob or Dragon’s Tooth, to see some of the famous scenery of the Appalachian Trail.
  • Head down US-460E to Downtown Roanoke for a nice meal at a local restaurant such as Corned Beef and Co. or Frankie Rowlands.

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.

  • Ober Brewing Company Expand Collapse

    Ober Brewing Company is a family-owned micro-brewery and taproom, focusing on sourcing as many local ingredients as possible, to create high quality enjoyable craft beer. Dave Ober studied brewing at the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago and has been homebrewing for about a decade.

    Open Wednesday-Saturday.

  • Olde Salem Brewing Company Expand Collapse

    Located at the very heart of Salem Virginia’s Historic Main Street District, Olde Salem Brewing Co. exudes history. The building was constructed just 114 years after the town was founded in 1806 by James Simpson; and was home to a well known appliance store for decades. Olde Salem believes its craft beers hold a piece of that history in every glass.

    Open Tuesday through Sunday.

  • 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.

    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.

    The tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Nearby Wineries

  • Beliveau Estate Winery Expand Collapse

    Beliveau Estate Winery sits on 165 scenic acres nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just 30 minutes from downtown Salem.

    The winery features award-winning red and white wines in dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, and sweet fashions are available for tasting, by the glass, and by the bottle. Bring your own picnic or order lite fare from our chef’s daily menu. Take advantage of the property’s spectacular mountain views, on-site hiking trails, fragrant lavender garden, covered veranda, stocked ponds, hilltop pavilion, Italian tiled reception hall, outdoor patio and tiki bar, and on-site French country-style bed and breakfast with catering.

    The winery and tasting room are open Wednesday through Sunday.

  • Valhalla Vineyards Expand Collapse

    One of Virginia’s most scenic wineries, perched on a 2,000 foot mountain overlooking the Roanoke Region. Wines are made in the French minimalist fashion and aged in an underground barrel cave, which was blasted 60 feet beneath the vineyard.

    The 21 acre vineyard produces world class Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and more. Decomposing granite soils and unique climate (similar to Rhone Valley of France) afford the premier terroir on the East Coast.

    Valhalla is open for tours, tastings, and picnicking from April through December on Saturdays and Sundays. Fridays nights feature live music from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Winery and cave tours are available.)

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