Welcome to the Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail. This 1.6 mile linear park is the Roanoke Valley's first rails-to-trails project converting a former railroad right-of-way into a hiking and biking trail. The project's master plan presents an orientation and overview of the significant features of the trail. Your are standing at the north trailhead, a focal point for the interpretation of the Battle of Hanging Rock, Buzzard's Roost, and the Virginia Scenic By-Way extending northward along on Mason Creek.
The Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail is a culmination of a cooperative effort among the County of Roanoke, the City of Salem, and the Hanging Rock Battlefield and Railway Preservation Foundation. Trail construction funds were provided by the Virginia Department of Transportation through ISTEA grant funds. This project would not have been possible withoutthe interest and cooperation of the property owners in the Hanging Rock area. Special gratitude is due the Hinchee family, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Norfolk Southern Corporation for their extreme generosity in donating lands for the completion of the trail and battlefield park site.
The Hanging Rock Battlefield and Railway Preservation Foundation is composed of private citizens and representatives of the County of Roanoke, City of Salem, Roanoke Civil War Roundtable, Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, History Museum and Historical Society of Western Virginia, Salem Historical Society, Sons of Confederate Veterans - Fincastle Rifles Camp #1326, United Daughters of the Confederacy - Virginia Division, Valley Beautiful, and the Virginia Museum of Transportation.