Earning Roanoke the nickname Star City of the South, Mill Mountain Star & Park features a 27 m (88 ft) illuminated star surrounded by a landscaped area. Constructed in 1949, the star is the largest of its kind in the world, sitting 319 m (1,045 ft) above Roanoke. The adjacent overlook offers superb views of downtown and the valley. After taking time to see the star, you can explore the park and its small zoo via hiking and biking trails. Plan to see Mill Mountain Star & Park and other attractions that appeal to you using our Roanoke online trip planner.
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As the Star is visible from many parts of the area, driving up to see it up close was a must-do on this visit! As expected, the view from this vantage point is awesome & I was happy to see decent...
As the Star is visible from many parts of the area, driving up to see it up close was a must-do on this visit! As expected, the view from this vantage point is awesome & I was happy to see decent... more »
Very peaceful and a great view of the city. I was surprised how close to the city it really was. We were there in minutes. It's well worth a stop.
Very peaceful and a great view of the city. I was surprised how close to the city it really was. We were there in minutes. It's well worth a stop. more »
Not much has changed here, but when you are classy, I guess change isn't quite as necessary. The Mill Mountain Star makes Roanoke the Star City of the South, and draws the attention of anyone passing through. Is it a life changing event to go see it up close? No, but it is a really nice place to be, and in my opinion, if you have never been up there at night, you are doing yourself a disservice. Roanoke lights shows all of its true beauty at night.
The Mill Mountain Star is a beautiful sight-seeing place that is free to visit. There is also free parking here during opening hours. The star is the most iconic landmark of Roanoke, and can be seen from miles away, after dark, from the highway going into the city. From the highest point, where the star is, comes with a beautiful over-view of the city landscape and buildings. I especially recommend visiting this place after-dark, to see the city lights. It is breathtaking. The light-up Star looks more beautiful at nightfall and shines brightly in the dark. I arrived here about an hour before the losing time at 11PM, and it was not crowded. Along with the star and over-view, there are various information boards about the site and its history scattered about at the top of the hill. The place only loses a star because the washrooms were not very sanitary. One of the stalls had no toilet paper and ran out of hand-soap. But besides that, all other areas here were kept clean and well-maintained. This includes the botanical plants, grass-cutting and other seasonal plants growing here. This Mill Mountain Star is a must-visit if you are visiting or driving by Roanoke, in Virginia!
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