“A paved greenway connecting downtown Roanoke to Valley View Mall.”
— Roanoke Outside
This greenway can be completed within a few hours. There are many fine stopping points along the way. The map provided shows the complete trail from Hotel Roanoke to Valley View Mall. Many fine shopping opportunities await, including Target, Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, and even a Starbucks.
This is a mostly flat, well marked trail. There are many roads to be crossed along the way, but for the most part, it is a nice uninterrupted spot to take a stroll. The beginning and the end sections are well lit. However, be aware that the middle two miles are not lit by artificial lights. Most of the trail follows a lovely stream. There is a wonderful view of Mill Mountain and the Mill Mountain Star about halfway along the greenway.
The Lick Run Greenway does not take you directly to the site, but behind the Hotel Roanoke is a fitting tribute to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The statue was recently erected and the bridge, which crosses over the railroad tracks to Downtown Roanoke, was recently renamed for Dr. King. Ask someone at the front desk how you can visit this very special place.
While exploring in the area, be sure to stop by the O. Winston Link Museum and the Roanoke City Visitor's Center. A stop here is certainly worth your time. The O. Winston Link Museum was opened in 2004 and has a permanent and rotating gallery of the famous photographers work. The Visitor's Center is an excellent place to stop to find out more about Roanoke, including places to visit, shop and dine.