Grassy Hill Natural Area Preserve

6.6 miles, moderate terrain
25 miles from Roanoke, $2.50 Carpool fee


From Roanoke, take US 220 east to Rocky Mount. When you approach Rocky Mount, take Business Route 220 into town. Go through the first stoplight and turn right onto Technology Drive. Go about 0.1 miles and the trailhead kiosk is on the right.

This hike is 6.6 miles on the Grassy Hill Hiking Trail System that starts at the base in Rocky Mount, Va., and climbs to the ridgeline with two trail loops along the ridge top and side slopes. This hike will traverse Grassy Hill which is a formation composed of ancient volcanic rocks rich in magnesium. Hikers will get to see a mixture of habitats including areas that support rare plants.