I have hiked in the area before, I was looking forward to a nice hike after a full day of teaching. Googleling (is that a word?) hiking in Roanoke I decided to hike at least part of the Chestnut Trail. Getting there is relatively easy; I got there via the Blue Ridge Parkway. Reading the website of the hike I read now that you need to park in the "Overlook "parking lot, which I did not do. I drove on the to the picknick/camping area. I would vote against that since it seems that there is anative entrance fee to that area.
The part of the trail that I hiked was nice. My only gripe was that the trail was not well marked and that there were too many unmarked side trails. However it was very intuitive and I never got lost thanks to my smartphone and Google maps which has the trail maps on it.