Also known as the Mill Mountain Star, the Roanoke Star is a man-made star constructed in 1949. The star sits atop Mill Mountain in Roanoke, Virginia and is the world’s largest illuminated free-standing star. After construction of the star, Roanoke became known as the “Star City of the South”.

While visiting the star, be sure to admire the sights from the overlook, and don’t forget to take your camera! Take a picnic lunch and enjoy eating at the park around the star. Be sure to visit the zoo that is located on the summit of Mill Mountain (1,740 feet above sea level!). This is truly a great day trip for young and old alike!

The Roanoke Star can be accessed both from Roanoke and from a spur of the Blue Ridge Parkway at Roanoke Mountain.