Good Samaritan Hospice

General Info

Date: Sunday, September 9th
Location: Explore Park, Roanoke (just off the Blue Ridge Parkway)
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Participants will check-in for the event at the blue tents setup in the parking lot of the Explore Park Visitor Center. At check-in participants will receive their event t-shirts, hiking bags, directions and a wrist band. Participants will choose from two different self-guided hiking routes (easy and intermediate) to lead them to the main event area. There will be volunteers posted along the hiking routes to answer questions or offer assistance.

MAIN EVENT – $25.00 Registration Fee

The main event will include:

  • Live Bluegrass music by the talented Easter Divide Band
  • Lunch off the grill (burgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers and chips) and ice cream catered by Hethwood Market
  • Games including jumbo jenga, cornhole, and more
  • Face painting for the young and the young at heart
  • Optional group hike excursions lead by Walkabout Outfitters and the Society of American Foresters
  • Vendors from Good Samaritan Hospice’s Complementary Therapy Program
    • Massage Therapy with MaryAnn Walker, CMT, of Radiance Wellbeing
    • Massage Therapy with Maureen Meagher, CMT
    • Music Therapy with Sally Walker, Certified Music Therapist
  • A memorial ceremony with dove release at the end of the event

Participants will be able to come and go as they please from the main event area. Here are lots of trails throughout Explore Park. So after the initial hike into the main event and after enjoying a filling lunch with all the festivities, feel free to EXPLORE! Food will be served at the main event area throughout the entirety of the event time.

Please note, dogs are unfortunately not allowed to attend Roanoke County sponsored events.


VIP FARM-TO-TABLE DINNER – $50.00 Registration Fee

Participants who have registered for the VIP Farm-to-Table Dinner will be invited to hike further into the park to the Historic Houtz Barn to enjoy a lovely locally-sourced meal catered by Blue Ridge Catering.

VIP participants are also welcome to enjoy all the festivities at the Main Event area (band, vendors, optional excursion hikes, etc.) after or before their VIP Farm-to-Table Dinner at the Houtz Barn location.



Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of the great outdoors prizes that will be raffled off at the third annual Roanoke Hike for Hospice. Raffles Tickets are $3.00 each. The raffle winners will be pulled at the end of the Roanoke Hike for Hospice event on Sunday, September 10th, down at Explore Park.

Your raffle ticket purchase will give a chance to win any of the prizes listed below. Purchase multiple tickets to increase your chance of winning!

Raffle tickets are $3.00 each.
Click here to purchase tickets!

You do not have to be present to win. If your name is pulled, you will be called the Monday after the event, 9/11/2017, to be notified of which prize you won. If you have any questions regarding the raffle prizes and how to win, please call (540) 776-0198 and ask for Mary Renwick, Director of Development.




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.


Contact Mary Renwick, Director of Development, by phone at (540) 776-0198 or by email, mrenwick@goodsamhospice.org.