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Mill Mountain

Star Trail, Roanoke Star,
Mill Mountain Zoo

 

 

At an elevation of 1703 feet. Mill Mountain rises 800 feet above the City of Roanoke. In addition to a zoo, this site offers picnic areas, hiking trails, and two overlooks that provide 20 and 60-mile vistas across the City of Roanoke.

The most popular land mark is the Roanoke Star, a fixture on top of Mill Mountain since 1949.  The Roanoke Star is the largest man made star at 88.5 feet and weights 10,000 pounds.  The illuminated star can be seen from 60 miles away.  It is lighted each and every night from dusk to midnight.  The park is open until 11pm each night.

The most popular trail for hikers is the Star Trail.  This 1.7-mile trail traverses over 800 feet from the Roanoke River to Roanoke's highest point- the summit of Mill Mountain. Most of this trail meanders through forested areas composed of pine, sassafras, oak, maple, redbud, and locust trees. Beneath the canopy of these towering trees thrives mountain laurel and low bush blueberry, with a forest floor carpeted in mosses and ferns.

CNY Hiking HOME PAGE Roanoke Recreational Area Virginia BRP Highlights

Developed Areas Along the Parkway