What is the Explore Park Adventure Plan?
We've recently completed a comprehensive plan for that park that will shape its growth and development over the next 20 years. This page contains information about what's in the plan, and how we got here!
What is Roanoke County's vision for the park?
We envision Explore Park as the starting place for individuals and families seeking adventure and enrichment in the outdoors. Our focus will be expanding recreation opportunities such as hiking/biking trails, river access, overnight camping and educational programs based on the park’s unique environmental and cultural history - all while preserving the park’s natural beauty.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is already a gateway for many visitors to our region. Few places on the East Coast offer such rich outdoor recreation amenities in such close proximity to a metropolitan core. We envision Explore Park as a must-see stop for our guests, inviting them to explore the rest of Virginia’s Blue Ridge while they’re here.
What does the plan include?
• Explore Park Adventure Plan - Guided by extensive public input from interested citizens and stakeholder groups, this document outlines the long-term strategy for the park. It includes recommended amenities, maps, circulation and recommendations for implementation.
• Explore Park Business Plan - This comprehensive action plan contains recommendations for funding, staffing, management practices and other helpful tools based on a study of similar recreation attractions nationwide.
• Explore Park Phasing Report - A tentative timeline to guide the planning, design and construction of amenities within the park over the next 20 years.
• Special Places Report - Prepared by nationally known naturalist Michael Gaige, this document tells the cultural, environmental, and geological story of Explore Park to guide educational interpretation and preservation strategies as the park is developed.