Getting Here

By the Blue Ridge Parkway
General: from I-81 take 581S (which turns into 220S) about 13 miles from the interstate to the Blue Ridge Parkway North to milepost 115; approximately 7 miles to Explore Park. Follow the Roanoke River Parkway and the signs to the park entrance.

Vinton & Downtown Roanoke: Take Rt. 24 to parkway South

Eastern Virginia: take 460W to Blue Ridge Parkway South to Explore Park exit at milepost 115.

West Virginia: take I-77 South to I-81 North to I-581 South (turns into 220 South) to Blue Ridge Parkway North to Explore Park exit at milepost 115.

D.C. Area: take I-66 West to I-81 South to I-581 South (turns into 220 South) to the Blue Ridge Parkway North to Explore Park exit at milepost 115.

Eastern North Carolina: take I-40 West to 220 North (or may take 77 North) to Blue Ridge Parkway North to Explore Park exit at milepost 115.

Western North Carolina: take I-40 East to I-77 North to I-81 North to I-581 South (turns into 220 South) to Blue Ridge Parkway North to Explore Park exit at milepost 115.

NOTE: NO COMMERCIAL VEHICLES ARE ALLOWED ON THE PARKWAY
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To Avoid the Blue Ridge Parkway

Downtown Roanoke: off of I-581 North take exit 6, turn left onto Elm Avenue, to third stop light. Turn right on 13th Street (changes to Bennington Ave. along the river), follow to the round about; follow around to make a right onto Rt. 116 (by fire station) and take the next left turn onto Rutrough Road; continue 4.5 miles to the Explore Park Service Entrance on your left just past the little stone church.

Downtown Roanoke: off of I-581 South take exit 6, turn right onto Elm Avenue, go to 2nd stop light, turn right on 13th Street (changes to Bennington Ave. along the river), follow to the end (road comes to a “T”); turn left onto Rt. 116 (by fire station) and take the next left turn onto Rutrough Road; continue 4.5 miles to the Explore Park Service Entrance on your left just past the little stone church.


To Rutrough Point (Roanoke River Access)

Downtown Roanoke: off of I-581 North take exit 6, turn left onto Elm Avenue, to third stop light. Turn right on 13th Street (changes to Bennington Ave. along the river), follow to the end (road comes to a “T”); yield left onto Rt. 116 (by fire station) and take the next left turn onto Rutrough Road; continue to the end of Rutrough Road, which dead-ends at the Roanoke River and Back Creek.

Downtown Roanoke: off of I-581 South take exit 6, turn right onto Elm Avenue, go to 2nd stop light, turn right on 13th Street (changes to Bennington Ave. along the river), follow to the end (road comes to a “T”); turn left onto Rt. 116 (by fire station) and take the next left turn onto Rutrough Road; continue to the end of Rutrough Road, which dead-ends at the Roanoke River and Back Creek.

By the Blue Ridge Parkway: Take the Blue Ridge Parkway from Routes 220, 460, or 24 and follow the signs to Virginia’s Explore Park at milepost 115. Turn onto the Roanoke River Parkway, which is the entrance to Explore Park. Upon entering Explore Park stay to your right on the service road until you reach Rutrough Road. Take a left onto Rutrough Road and follow to the end. Rutrough dead-ends at the Roanoke River and Back Creek.