5.0 miles, Moderate terrain
30 miles from Roanoke, $3.00 carpool fee
The hike is located in Montgomery County, southeast of
Blacksburg in Falls Ridge Preserve. Part of a steep, rugged ridge that rises
from the valley of the North Fork of the Roanoke River, Falls Ridge Preserve
boasts a spring-fed travertine waterfall approximately 80 feet in height. Salem
Fault runs through the preserve, dividing it into two different rock
types: Precambrian limestone and shale/sandstone. The corresponding difference
in soil types generates a diversity of vegetation, particularly wildflowers and
smaller flora. Dogs are not permitted on this hike, in compliance with Nature
Conservancy policy. We will hike the loop trail around the Falls and then take
a trail that gradually climbs up the mountain.
We will stop for lunch or snack on top of the ridge.
Dogs are not permitted on this hike, in compliance with
Nature Conservancy. (In general, well
behaved dogs are always welcome on RATC hikes.)