Hit the trails at one of the top mountain biking destinations in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital. We’re a key part of the area’s Silver-Level Ride Center designation from the International Mountain Bike Association. Enjoy 14 miles of dual-use trails including 9 miles of purpose built bike trails.
Roanoke County is moving towards trail improvements and construction of a bike skills area at Explore Park. Our goal is to create a place where beginning riders can get started with the sport and develop the strength, stamina and skills to advance.
Blue Ridge Bike Center - Coming June 2021!
Explore Park's new Blue Ridge Bike Center will open following a ribbon cutting on Saturday, June 12, 2021. This marks the completion of the first phase of a progressive skills park development, which includes a skills loop, intermediate connector trail and a new parking lot. The Blue Ridge Bike Center is located at 4082 Rutrough Road, Roanoke, VA 24014.
The Bike Center serves as a starting place for individuals and families to ride, practice trail techniques and build their mountain bike skills. Each trail element was designed for beginner and intermediate skills development. Natural skills features in phase one include:
Log Rumble Strips
Additional phases of the Blue Ridge Bike Center will be added in the coming years.
Upon completion of the initial phase of the Explore Park bike skills area, Roanoke County will seek partner organizations and sponsorships to construct a signature pump track, which will be located centrally in the core skills area. The pump track will be surrounded by a progressive set of low-to-ground balance features, mellow rollers, berms and natural feature obstacles such as rocks and logs.
The next phase calls for the development of flow trails and intermediate skills features. Using the new trailhead as a central circulation point, we plan to develop several one-direction downhill single-track routes taking advantage of the natural rolling hillscape within the park. Roanoke County will work with local mountain bike enthusiasts for design guidance as these trails are developed.