Best of the Blue Ridge Winners (Roanoke Region)


We were just perusing the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine “Best of the Blue Ridge” awards, and the Roanoke Region took home quite a few top honors for destinations, events, businesses, and food and drinks. Thanks to everyone who took time to nominate and vote for their Roanoke Region favorites–here’s a look at the top winners from across the region.

You can find the full results from the magazine online.


Best Public Lands: Blue Ridge Parkway

Best Hike: McAfee Knob, Roanoke County, and Jackson River Scenic Trail, Alleghany County (Runners Up)

Best Waterfall: Falling Spring Falls, Covington, VA (Runner Up)

Best Lake: Smith Mountain Lake, Franklin County, VA

Best Fishing Spot: Philpott Dam, Franklin County

Best Fishing Spot: Upper James Water Trail, Botetourt County (Runner Up)

Best Overlook: McAfee Knob, Roanoke County

Best Campground: Douthat State Park, Alleghany County

Best Place to Raise an Outdoor Family: Roanoke, VA

Best Raft Guide Company: Twin Rivers Outfitters, Buchanan (Runner Up)



Best Disc Golf Course: Mayflower Hill Park, Roanoke County

Best Gym or Training Facility: River Rock Climbing, Roanoke

Best Running Shop: Fleet Feet (Runner Up)

Best Bike Shop: Cardinal Bikes, Roanoke (Runner Up)

Best Outdoor Store: Mast General Store, Walkabout Outfitter (Runners Up)

Best Lodging: Roanoke Boutique Hotel, Roanoke (Runner Up)



Best Drink: Get Bent IPA from Parkway Brewing, Salem

Best Brewery: Parkway Brewing, Salem (Runner Up)

Best Distillery: Twin Creeks Distillery (Runner Up)

Best Dish: Greg Brady Burger at Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint, Roanoke (Runner Up)



Best Running Event: Blue Ridge Marathon, Roanoke

Best Triathlon: Carilion Clinic IRONMAN 70.3 Virginia’s Blue Ridge Triathlon

Best Triathlon: Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon, Franklin County (Runner Up)