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Discovery Center


Exciting classes, awesome exhibits, and award-winning outreach programs are just some of the things you find at Discovery Center. This unique facility is surrounded by hundreds of acres of rugged forests all while being conveniently located within the City of Roanoke on the summit of Mill Mountain.

The primary mission of Discovery Center is to create awareness and appreciation of this distinctive natural resource we call Mill Mountain. Discovery Center offers opportunities for all ages and abilities to explore our natural world through classes, workshops, special events, and summer camps. You can tap a maple tree, race challenging trails, watch your child connect with nature, track wildlife, and much more in one of Discovery Center’s programs.

Located at milepost 120 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Discovery Center also serves as a Regional Information Center and is affiliated with the Blue Ridge Parkway Association,

In addition to Discovery Center, Mill Mountain Park offers a picnic shelter, overlook and green space which make for an ideal setting for weddings, reunions, and other family functions. All facilities may be rented by contacting Recreation Specialist Christine Elder at 540-853-1236 or our administrative office at 540-853-2236.

Discovery Center
2000 J.B. Fishburn Parkway

NEW! Public Hours

April - October
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 4 p.m.

November - March
Tuesday - Sunday: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday: Closed

Please don’t forget that our parks open at 6 a.m. and close at 11 p.m.