wish this place was still open
This used to be an awesome quick getaway for camping near Roanoke, but it's been shut down, as a campground, due to budget cuts. It's still open for day use, but no overnight stays… :-(
You can get the best views of Roanoke from Roanoke mountain! You can take pictures and walk around the huge Star and see why they call Roanoke "Star City". Apart from the huge star, there are excellent walking/running trails. I managed to do a good 7mile run on the different trails right there near the parkway. I would highly recommend visiting Roanoke Mountain if you are in Roanoke or near the area!
We drove this section of the Blue Ridge parkway! Besides beautiful views, there were designated places you were allowed to pull off and camp. The Roanoke area was very fun. We loved Mill Mountain (AKA Star Mountain because of the huge illuminated star at the top-- the largest in the US!). We ran to the top and explored. There are lots of great hiking trails and a zoo-- great for children.
So beautiful outside of roanoke-- definitely recommend visiting mill mountain park while you are there