On a recent visit with my sister in Roanoke, we were blessed with a beautiful clear morning after a week of very hot and humid weather.
My active sister suggested we take a short hike at Roaring Run, a beautiful little 1.5 mile round-trip hike about an hour from her home. I had taken this hike once before, maybe 12 years ago, when I was very out of shape. I didn’t enjoy it then, but I loved it this time!
In addition to a beautiful waterfall at the top, there’s plenty to enjoy for everyone all along the walk at Roaring Run. The rocks were beautiful! There’s also a stocked trout stream for those who like to fish, an at-your-own-risk swimming hole, and a pre Civil War iron furnace.
My sister and I took the stream trail to the top, which was about .5 miles easy hike. Nice wooden bridges cross the stream in several locations, and the trail is well maintained.
Because of some serious recent flooding, one section was mostly washed away, but a nice ledge allowed us to keep going without too much effort. It took us a while to get to the top because we had to stop and take so many pictures!
The return was about a mile on the forest trail. Other than a large buzzing insect that took a liking to me, the forest trail was a nice peaceful stroll. In some parts it was eerily silent, with no birds or insect sounds at all. We couldn’t even hear the stream! My dad and I liked to make fun of the legends of the Woodbooger (SouthWest Va’s sasquatch), but on this day, I could believe such a critter scared away the rest of the wildlife!
I’ll let the scenery speak for itself – click any picture to enlarge. It’s a beautiful, easy, family-and-dog-friendly hike. If you have some time, I encourage you to enjoy it!*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**