Roanoke County has some amazing destinations and points of interest. Explore Park and its scenic views of the Roanoke River are one of the “must see” spots about living here. We now have a seasonal ranger to serve the needs of visitors, to guide walking tours and answer questions as well at Explore Park through the fall. The park is operated by Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism and offers over 1,100 acres and facilities for day visits as well as overnight guests.
This new National Park Service Ranger, schedule and list of things to do starts this weekend and continues into the fall, includes with a campfire talk, a guided hike and a historical and closer look at the Roanoke River. If you have not been to Explore Park, here are the new things to do and see:
- Campfire Programs are scheduled for 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Enjoy a smore and some cultural history!
- The Mighty Roanoke: 4 p.m. Fridays. Learn about the ecosystem of the Roanoke River . Meet at the Explore Park Visitor Center. The learning begins there.
- Ranger Trail Hikes: 4 p.m. Saturdays. The Forester’s Trail Trail hike includes exploring the park’s food web and habitat .
- Star Gazing: At 9 p.m. on Aug. 25; 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 22; and 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 20, the Campfire Program will be replaced with stargazing. Participants will enjoy the stars from Pine Mountain Overlook.
Want more information about the National Park Service programs at Explore Park? Call the Explore Park Visitor Center at (540) 427-1800.