The Roanoke Valley is full of untapped resources for all ages; young and old! Help find your ‘natural high’ in your own way through some of these activities. Go out and see what Roanoke has to offer!
Hiking: McAfee Knob, Sharp Top, Tinker Cliffs, and Apple Orchard Falls are just a few to name in the Roanoke Valley. These hiking trails are full of beauty with their panoramic views and are located on the Appalachian Trail. More hiking trails, descriptions, and locations can be found at visitroanokeva.com.
Greenways: The Roanoke Valley Greenways include over 30 miles of trails that lead to many of Roanoke’s historical neighborhoods and parks. The greenways are perfect for biking, jogging, walking and even allow pets to join in on the fun. Get moving on the Greenway!
Zoos: For all the animal lovers there are two family friendly zoos that are located in the Roanoke Valley. Mill Mountain Zoo is iconically located on the top of Mill Mountain in downtown Roanoke and Natural Bridge Zoo is located just outside the city, in Natural Bridge, VA.
Museums: Roanoke is full of museums and art fun for all ages. The Center in the Square building is home to the Science Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke Pinball Museum, Harrison Museum of African American Culture and the Children’s Museum. For more information on additional museums, please visit centerinthesquare.org
If helping others is how you achieve your ‘natural high’ then here are a few options to help out in the area:
The Rescue Mission: There are a variety of ways to get involved. Options range from serving dinner to helping with various events and even spending time with the children in the shelter while their parents attend evening chapel. https://rescuemission.net/get-involved/volunteer/
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia: Volunteering here you can give the gift of friendship. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a variety of programs that involve mentoring kids. http://www.bigslittles.org/volunteer/
Habitat for Humanity: This is another volunteering opportunity to check out. This organization helps provide houses to those in need. http://habitat-roanoke.org/