Explore Park (Roanoke County) – 10 miles of beginner to intermediate single track.
Location: 20 minutes from downtown Roanoke.
General: from I-81 take 581S (which turns into 220S) about 13 miles from the interstate to the Blue Ridge Parkway North to milepost 115; approximately 7 miles to Explore Park. Follow the Roanoke River Parkway and the signs to the park entrance.
Hospital: Head back out of the park and go south on the Blue Ridge Parkway towards Roanoke. Take a right on to the Mill Mountain Parkway. Carilion Memorial Hospital is at the base of the Mountain. Go down the mountain, take a left at Laurel Street, then a left on Belleview Avenue, this will take you to the hospital.
Gina and I have been involved with this park for a long time and the park is the headquarters for the Explore Your Limits 5/10k and the Into the Darkness 4 mile night trail run. The trails were initially planned out by IMBA and provide around 10 miles of twisty rolling singletrack.