With 12-plus miles of trail within minutes of downtown Roanoke, Mill Mountain Park offers runners a great variety of options for a run. This loop hits the highlights of the trail system for a nice, moderate loop.
The Mill Mountain Park trail system offers incredible mountain biking and running options within 5 minutes of downtown Roanoke. The trails encompass the summit of Mill Mountain and the Roanoke Star.
The loop starts out on the Star Trail
briefly before connecting to Monument Trail
. From here, the trail climbs slightly before runners cross over to the Ridgeline Trail
which is an intermediate trail that runs along the ridge/spine of Mill Mountain.
From Ridgeline Trail
, a short run on Mill Mountain Greenway
will get you to Big Sunny Trail
which runs along the western edge of the park. Keep an eye open for a junction with the Riser Trail
where you'll want to take a left; continuing on the Big Sunny Trail
will dead end at a neighborhood.
is a short connector that will bring you back to Ridgeline Trail
. Run south, and eventually you'll cross over Mill Mountain Parkway to start on the Wood Thrush Trail. Wood Thrush Trail is a sweet singletrack trail which short climbs and long descents. The trail winds you through a lush wooded forest.
Wood Thrush Trail eventually ends back at a 3-way junction with the Star Trail
and Star-Woodthrush Connector Trail
. Take the Star Trail
to return back to the parking lot where you started.