ISO: Fireworks From a Hike

July 1, 2007 at 1:13 am 2 comments

I realized this week that I’m going to be in town on the 4th of July!  I’m on a mission– This year I would like to camp and watch fireworks from an overlook.  Last night I came up with some possible contenders. 

Please note these are all speculations at the moment.  I can not confirm fireworks can be seen from these spots:

Kelly’s Knob (Appalachian Trail)
From Kelly’s Knob you can see Blacksburg and Virginia Tech…. so it makes sense you would be able to see fireworks above Blacksburg.  The area has plenty of room for camping and some existing fire rings. 

McAfee’s Knob (Appalachian Trail)
From McAfee’s Knob you can see Roanoke Airport as well as plenty of valleys.  With its 270 degree view and its vicinity to Roanoke, it seems like a good candidate to see fireworks somewhere.

Angel’s Rest (Appalachian Trail)
This one I think is iffy.  You can see quaint Pearisburg and Narrows from the overlook– but a portion of Pearisburg is not in sight.  I couldn’t find any information on Pearisburg’s celebration plans.  Not knowing where the fireworks are being launched from (I highly doubt it is from the supermarket directly ahead of the knob), it’s a bit of a risk.

This morning I consulted my original hiking buddy and New River Valley sherpa, Tony Airaghi.  Turns out he was already working on similiar plans.  He brought a new candidate to the table, which is our tentative winner:

Butt Mountain Overlook
Butt Mountain is not off of the Appalachian Trail, but it does provide expansive views of Pearisburg, Narrows, Pembroke and Newport.  Tony believes we may even be able to see Blacksburg fireworks from that spot as well.  If all goes right, we’ll be able to watch multiple communities celebrate in one sitting.  And the thing that really gave Butt Mountain the edge– you can drive pretty darn close to the overlook with 4WD.  This is a plus as Tony sprained his ankle this past week.

Welp, I’ll be sure to report back next week.  In the meantime, if you have any other candidates or any details on these locales– let me know!

July 4, 2007 Edit:
The Roanoke Times introduced another contender in their July Fourth celebrations article– Sharp Top to watch the Peaks of Otter display:

Fourth of July at Peaks of Otter

National Park Service rangers lead the annual walk up to Sharp Top to view the fireworks. Bring sturdy shoes and a flashlight for the 6-mile round-trip hike. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Nature Center, Peaks of Otter. 586-4496.

Entry filed under: Angel's Rest, Appalachian Trail, Butt Mountain, fireworks, Fourth of July, Hiking, Kelly's Knob, McAfee's Knob, Tony Airaghi.

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  • 1. tgaw  |  July 3, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    Updates:

    The Giles County Chamber of Commerce confirms there will be fireworks at Narrows Town Park– which bodes well for both Angel’s Rest and Butt Mountain.
    http://home.i-plus.net/gcc/events.htm

    Blacksburg’s fireworks are scheduled for tomorrow, July 4th– meaning Kelly’s Knob would have something to look at.

    Finally, in 1999, the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club led a hike up to McAfee’s Knob specifically to look at fireworks. That’s a good sign there is something to be seen there! 🙂

    Click to access 99-07-blazer.pdf

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  • 2. tgaw  |  July 4, 2007 at 9:32 am

    The Roanoke Times introduced another contender in their July Fourth celebrations article– Sharp Top to watch the Peaks of Otter display:

    Fourth of July at Peaks of Otter

    National Park Service rangers lead the annual walk up to Sharp Top to view the fireworks. Bring sturdy shoes and a flashlight for the 6-mile round-trip hike. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Nature Center, Peaks of Otter. 586-4496.

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