Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor's Center at Explore Park
Located at Milepost 115 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Roanoke, VA, Explore Park's 1100 acres provide nature lovers the opportunity to enjoy nature's beauty and wild life while hiking, riding a mountain bike, or just strolling through the area.
PLEASE NOTE: The living history area of Explore Park is closed. The welcome center and museum at milepost 115 is still open. Additionally, the public is welcome to explore the nature trails on the Explore Park property.
The Park's IMBA-sanctioned 9 miles of mountain bike trails, a one mile Foresters Interpretive Trail, and Rutrough Point on the Roanoke River are open for your enjoyment. Fishing, canoeing and kayaking on the Roanoke River can be accessed at the Park's Rutrough Point at the end of Rutrough Road. The outdoor areas are open year 'round for your outdoor fun.
Explore Park is also home to the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center where visitors will find information about the Parkway and the Roanoke Valley and enjoy the unique gift shop featuring gifts, candies, and Parkway memorabilia. The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm May through October. The living history area is currently closed to the public, while the park's governing body, the Virginia Recreational Facilities Authority, develops plans for the future.