"One of the best outdoor towns in the United States." Set between the Blue Ridge and Alleghany mountain ranges, Roanoke, Va., offers residents and visitors hiking, climbing, biking, water sports, and camping opportunities -- all within minutes of Roanoke's lively urban core.
IT'S TIME TO NOTICE ROANOKE, VIRGINIA
Quickly becoming one of the best regions in the U.S. for outdoor recreation with easy access to some of the best cycling, fishing, water sports, and hiking in North America, the Roanoke Region of Virginia Gives You a Choice. From cities to suburbs to lakefront living to rural farmland, the Roanoke area offers it all for a variety of lifestyles. Wherever you land, you're surrounded by the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. You're close to the tranquil waters of Smith Mountain Lake, the James River, and Lake Moomaw. And you're never far from the entertainment, culture, retail, and commerce of the largest metro area in Western Virginia. The Roanoke Region is the best choice for people who want the most out of living.
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Ready to hunt for gear? On October 23, 2011, GearJunkie.com will host a one-day-only treasure hunt in Roanoke, Virginia! The Gear Junkie's "Treasure Hunt: Roanoke" event has a goal to give away $40,000+ in outdoors gear to a couple hundred lucky participants.
To find out more about the event, click here.
Great things to do
Biking in Roanoke
Dubbed a "cycling mecca," the Roanoke area touts some of the best mountain biking and road cycling in the East. Choose a downhill or cross-country ride or an epic century ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway. With hundreds of single track trails and miles of the lightly traveled back roads you are sure to find the perfect ride.
Fishing in Roanoke
The Roanoke River flows through town. Smith Mountain Lake, the James River, and the New River are nearby. Fishing in and around Roanoke is in no short supply. Says one Roanoke fishing guide: "You will be hard pressed to find a richer or more diverse fishing resource in such close proximity to any other urban area in America."
Paddling in Roanoke
Canoe or kayak. A whitewater challenge or a family float. The waters in and around Roanoke have it all. From the James River to the New River -- to the class V+ cascades of Bottom Creek -- paddling is a primary draw to visitors of the Roanoke region.
Hiking in Roanoke
Lace up your boots! With the Appalachian Trail in its backyard -- and dozens of local park trails to explore -- the Roanoke region has hundreds of miles of hiking trails at hand. Says one description: "Within minutes of leaving downtown Roanoke you'll find yourself, what seems like, hundreds of miles away from anyone."
For a complete rundown on outdoor events check out the RoanokeOutside.com calendar