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Poor Mountain Nature Preserve - Kids in the Valley, Adventuring! a free family nature club
 

  The Wild Donahues (Poppins now makes six!) hit the trails yesterday checking out a new selection of trails available at the Poor Mountain Nature Preserve.  We had heard word from the fantastic Mr. Pete Eshelman of www.roanokeoutside.com that the trails had been finished.  The Donahues took the challenge and hit the trails.  Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Here are a few details…
http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/natural_area_preserves/poormt.shtml

Details from RoanokeOutside.com…

“Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve protects the world’s largest population of the globally rare shrub piratebush, which is restricted to only a handful of sites in the mountains of Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
A 4.2-mile hiking trail system was completed thanks to a DCR Recreational Trail Program grant. Stone stairs, scenic vistas, fire ecology and outstanding looks at Table Mountain pine woodlands make the Poor Mountain Trail a great new recreational resource now available to the general public in the Roanoke area.
 
Click here for more information (note that the map does not show the 3.8-mile trail).
Directions:
 Exit 137 off of I81 onto Rt. 112E (toward Salem)
 Turn left onto Main Street (Rt. 460E) and go 0.8 miles
 Turn right onto Mill Lane and travel 0.4 miles
 Turn left onto West Riverside Drive and go 0.8 miles
 Turn right onto 12 O’clock Knob Road (Rt. 694) and travel 4.8 miles to preserve entrance on right”

Here are a few suggestions…

Bring snacks.  The road is long.

Bring peppermints.  The road is long and windy.

Bring a sturdy, skinny car.  The road is long, windy and narrow.

It will all be worth it, though!

More pictures coming soon…

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