Roaming Roanoke: Whispering Pines Park

This edition of Roaming Roanoke celebrates the sunshine this week and a visit to Whispering Pines Park in Roanoke County!

My kids and I love playing in the snow, but after days (maybe weeks?) of snow, rain, cold, or cloudy days, we were so happy to have sunshine and temperatures warm enough to go outside without a coat! My kids love going to playgrounds. We are so lucky here in the Roanoke Valley to have so many public parks! I could probably blog solely about all of the parks here for months and still not cover them all. This week, we wanted to go somewhere we haven’t been before. We landed at Whispering Pines Park.

Whispering Pines Park is a Roanoke County park on Absalom Smith Road off of Route 311 (going towards Catawba). The park is named after the rows of pine trees surrounding it. That day it was really windy, so it really did feel like the trees were whispering (the trees sounded happy to see sun too). It was the best spot for a windy but sunny day! It is also a secluded area so it was not very crowded at all. It was peaceful there with the whispering trees and hardly any traffic on the road. 

Our family of five loved Whispering Pines Park! It has a nice-sized playground with SO MANY slides! There are big slides for my six-year-old and five-year-old and smaller slides for my one-year-old. It has plenty of climbing structures to get up to the slides too. Another big hit on the playground is the zip line! My two older kids spent a REALLY long time going back and forth on the zip line. Be prepared to get an upper body workout lifting them up to the handles and pushing them back and forth! There are two baby swings and two swings for kids and adults. We even spent an extra hour than planned at Whispering Pines Park because everyone had so much fun!

The playground is not the only thing at Whispering Pines Park. It has a large picnic shelter with lots of tables and seating. There is a grill and electricity there. There are plenty of sports options there too! It has a basketball court, a tennis court, two baseball fields, and a soccer field. There are dirt trails too. There is really something for everyone at Whispering Pines Park! There is plenty of parking for a crowd, and restrooms are available.

The rows of trees and the sun peaking through really provided a chance to get some nice pictures too. You could use this area if you need a fun, wooded area for a photo shoot.

The Roanoke County Parks website ( has directions, a map, and detailed explanation of all of the facilities there. There is also information if you want to book the picnic shelter.

We really enjoyed our time at Whispering Pines Park. Our kids have already asked to go back! I am sure we will go back some more to play and enjoy the whispering pines and peaceful area. This taste of warm, sunny weather has us ready for spring and playing outside!

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Angela Evans

Angela Evans is a former tv reporter turned stay-at-home mom. She and her husband Cody have three children. They moved to Virginia in 2018. When she’s not Roaming Roanoke, she is probably drinking sweet tea, reading a book or dancing.
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