Roanoke County celebrated the opening of a new 235 acre park with a ribbon cutting this week. The new Hinchee Park is a woodland preserve consisting of a two-mile trail connecting the Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail with Carvins Cove Natural Reserve. Opening the new park on National Public Lands Day highlights its significance in connecting two of the region’s most important recreational assets: the greenway network and Carvins Cove. The new park will immediately provide pedestrian, mountain biking and equestrian access to over 60 miles of trails within Carvins Cove.
Hinchee Park was made possible by a generous land donation from Nancy Hinchee Pace, as well as significant fundraising efforts from private donors coordinated through Roanoke Valley Greenways and Pathfinders for Greenways. Additional support came through grant funding by the Beirne Carter Foundation, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and the Virginia Land Conservation Fund.
According to Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism director Doug Blount, Hinchee Park is particularly important to the region from the perspectives of connectivity and tourism. “This park makes Roanoke County an even better place to live, work and play. It will also attract visitors from outside our area to enjoy the many outstanding recreational amenities Virginia’s Blue Ridge has to offer.