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local hikes you gotta try! - roanoke, va


I created this list on the Ward Haven Camp website.  There I also included a few maps and more information so take a look at https://wardhavencamp.weebly.com/hiking.html


Hoop Lower & Upper in Craig Co.

Roaring Run

Mill Mountain trails

Belfast to Devil's Marbleyard

Rt. 11 to 220

Sarver's Hollow in Montgomery County

Cascade Falls

Meadow Creek Falls in New Castle

Fullhart Knob

Dark Horse Hollow

James River State Park

New River Trail State Park 

Carvin's Cove

Cedar Creek Falls

Big Rock Falls

St. Mary Falls - Staunton

Explore Park trails

Bottom Creek Gorge

Sharp Top and Flat Top - Peaks of Otter

Spec Mine Trails

Blackhorse Gap (to Camp Bethel)

Andy Layne Trail

Buzzard's Rock (Read Mtn)

Tinker Mountain

Greenfield Trail System

Bobblet's Gap

Blue Ridge Springs Trail Loop

McAfee's Knob

Dragon's Tooth

Woodpecker Ridge - Troutville

Apple Orchard Falls

Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve

Chestnut Ridge

Waid Recreation Park

Smart View Loop - Ferrum


Send me your favorite hikes! maceyhollow@gmail.com




DAY HIKE ESSENTIALS by Craig Hall - adventurer, photographer


Craig Hall has thru hiked the AT, the PCT twice, the CDT, Long Trail, John Muir twice, Foot Hill Trail and worked in Yellowstone National Park.  He currently travels the country as an ENO rep and is an awesome photographer.  Listed below are Craig's recommendations of what to take on a day hike.


1  Footwear is the most important thing.  A good trail running sneaker like Montrail, Brooks, New Balance, Vasques, Solomon,...

2  Shoe Inserts - I prefer Super Feet.

3  Socks - merino wool

4  Trecking Poles

5  Layers:

    Under layer - short sleeve of natural fiber

    Base layer w/ hood

    Outer layer - fleece with zipper

    Outer shell - raincoat (Gortex)

Same idea for your bottom half (swim trunks, tights, fleece pant, rain pants)

6  gloves, fleece hat, ... depends on the weather

7  polarized shades

8  30-35 liter pack (Granite Gear, Lowe - if you are taking a big camera)

9  sunscreen

10  bug spray

11  trowel and toilet paper (always burry your waste 6" below)

12  head lamp

13  lighter

14  map and compass

15  food

16  water and a filter if you will be out all day (Sawyer)

17  watch

18  Eno hammock and straps, of course.  :)

19  I take a camera and tripod everywhere I go.  There is always an opportunity for great pictures in nature.  


Check out his facebook page for some of my photographs.


Michelle Gill is a website designer, trail hiker sometimes runner, disc golfer's wife, barista, Jesus lover, book collector, mama, old house explorer and writer of Tupelo & Marmalade. Learn more at www.tupeloandmarmalade.com

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