Monday, May 13, 2013

Recommended hike near Roanoke Virginia

See the rarest shrub on the east coast on this hike - recommended by your innkeeper at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount Virginia! 

Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve is a 925-acre Natural Area Preserve located on Poor Mountain in Roanoke County, Virginia. The preserve has the world's largest population of the rare piratebush. This preserve is just 45 minutes drive from The Claiborne House B&B.

While the 0.75-mile Piratebush Loop interpretive trail affords a relatively level and easy hiking opportunity, the main loop trail affords a strenuous 3.8-mile hike with over 500 feet of vertical drop and return climb.  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.

Piratebush is considered one of the rarest shrubs in eastern North America!

Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve! See a bunch of great photos here and more information how to get to this spectacular natural area preserve from The Claiborne House!