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Roanoke Valley Greenways Built 1995-2011
 
Greenway Locality Class Year Opened Mileage
Garst Mill Park Greenway on Mudlick Creek Roanoke County A (Paved) 1997 0.5
Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail Roanoke County, City of Salem B (Cinder) 1999 1.8
Lick Run Greenway City of Roanoke A (Paved) 1999, 2002, 2006 3.4
Mill Mountain Greenway City of Roanoke A (Paved) 2003 2.7
Murray Run Greenway City of Roanoke B-C (Cinder, natural) 2001-2005 1.8
Roanoke River Greenway City of Roanoke A (Paved) 1999-2012 6.8
Roanoke River Greenway Roanoke County A (Paved) 2008, 2012

1.6

Roanoke River-Woodbridge City of Salem A (Paved) 2010 .3
Roanoke River Greenway City of Salem A (Paved) 2002, 2010, 2012 3.4
Tinker Creek Greenway City of Roanoke A (Paved) 2002 1.2
Wolf Creek Greenway Vinton, Roanoke County B (Cinder) 1999, 2001,
2005, 2006
2.1
Total 25.6
 

Roanoke Valley Greenway Development Priorities
The 1995 Greenway Plan recommended 51 greenway routes with each route labeled as either on-road or off-road. In addition, it described six other routes. The 2007 Update focuses on the off-road routes and endorses the 2005 Bikeway Plan for on-road routes. The 2007 Update includes 35 routes.

In response to public input, the Greenway Plan Steering Committee and each locality prioritized the off-road greenways and trails to provide more focus to implementation efforts.

Priority #1 Routes: The Roanoke River Greenway was identified as the most important greenway in the regional network. It will be the only #1 priority, in order to focus efforts on finishing it within five years. This greenway offers the longest route when finished, the most opportunity for economic development on adjacent lands, the greatest attraction for tourists, the most recreation and health benefit for residents, the most opportunity for special events such as marathons, the most opportunity for water based recreation such as canoeing and fishing, the most opportunity to enhance appreciation of environmental resources, and the most opportunity to be a regional asset. Roanoke River Greenway is the “backbone” of the greenway network.

Priority #1 Greenways
City of Roanoke Roanoke County City of Salem Town of Vinton
Roanoke River Roanoke River Roanoke River Roanoke River

Priority #2 Routes: These are important regional projects, already underway, which could be finished in 5-10 years. They include five north-south routes connecting to Roanoke River Greenway and three destination sites with clusters of trails. These routes provide the major side corridors of the greenway network.

Priority #2 Greenways
City of Roanoke Roanoke County City of Salem Town of Vinton
Blue Ridge Parkway Trails Blue Ridge Parkway Trails Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail Tinker Cr. Greenway
Carvins Cove Trail Network Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail Mason Creek Greenway Wolf Creek Greenway
Lick Run Greenway Lick Run Greenway
Mill Mtn. Greenway Mason Creek Greenway
Mill Mtn. Park Trails Tinker Cr. Greenway
Tinker Creek Greenway Wolf Cr. Greenway

Priority #3 Routes: These greenways are priorities within specific localities. These are important at the local level for enhancement of neighborhood values, economic development and public health. The goal is to finish these in 5-10 years. Most have already had some work done, such as planning or acquiring right-of-way. Some are neighborhood priorities.

Priority #3 Greenways
City of Roanoke Roanoke County City of Salem Town of Vinton
Biomed Loop Glade Creek Greenway Glade Creek Greenway
Garden City Greenway Mudlick Creek/Garst Mill Greenway Gladetown Trail
Mudlick Creek Greenway Read Mountain Trails
Murray Run Greenway Mason Creek Greenway
Neighborhood Connections Tinker Cr. Greenway

Priority #4 Routes: These are other greenway projects to be addressed as opportunity and resources arise. Included in this group are several routes which have strong citizen support but no resources in terms of land or funding. Also included are clusters of trails on other public lands which help provide connectivity for the greenway network.

Priority #4 Greenways
City of Roanoke Roanoke County City of Salem Town of Vinton
Barnhardt Creek Greenway
Birding and Wildlife Trail sites
Glade Creek Greenway
Appalachian Trail
Back Cr. Greenway
Barnhardt Creek Greenway
Birding and Wildlife Trail sites
Carvin Cr. Greenway
Catawba Greenway
Explore Park Trails
Green Hill Pk. Trails
Havens Wildlife Mgt. Area Trails
Jefferson National Forest Trails
Long Ridge Trail
Masons Cove Greenway
Murray Run Greenway
Perimeter Trail
Poor Mountain Preserve Trails
Roanoke River Grwy Extensions
Spring Hollow Trails
Birding and Wildlife
Trail sites
Dry Creek Greenway
Gish Branch Greenway
Birding and Wildlife
Trail sites

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