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Hanging Rock in Roanoke County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail

 
 
Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., December 28, 2008
1. Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail Marker
Inscription. 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
Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., December 28, 2008
2. Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail Marker
This marker is on the leftmost marker in this picture.
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.
 
Erected 1999 by County of Roanoke, the City of Salem, and the Hanging Rock Battlefield and Railway Preservation Foundation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 37° 19.677′ N, 80° 2.419′ W. Marker is in Hanging Rock, Virginia, in Roanoke County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Dutch Oven Road and N. Electric Road (Virginia Route 419). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salem VA 24153, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. United Daughters of the Confederacy Monuments (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Hanging Rock (here, next to this marker); George Morgan Jones (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Hanging Rock
Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail Markers Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., December 28, 2008
3. Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail Markers
North trailhead and parking lot of the Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail.
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); McCausland Attacks (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hanging Rock Coal Trestle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Two Future Presidents In Wartime Retreat (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hanging Rock (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hanging Rock.
 
More about this marker. Marker is one of several interpretive signs along the cinder-surfaced, 1.7-mile long Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail that winds along Mason Creek and Kessler Mill Road in Salem, Virginia.

The map on the right of the marker outlines the route of the trail as it winds along the old rail bed.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail and other Related Markers
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,270 times since then and 107 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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