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Connecting Trails

At almost 15 miles in length, the Huckleberry Trail intersects with a number of regional natural surface trails. The entire network of connected trails is greater than 60 miles.  The new Huckleberry Trail map will be available in July 2021 and will showcase all for the trail connections. Stay tuned!

Blacksburg Rotary Mountain Bike Skills Park

he Blacksburg Rotary Mountain Bike Park is a community effort, spearheaded by the Blacksburg Parks and Recreation Department. The primary purpose of this project is to establish an off-road experience in a structured setting that provides various riding opportunities and experiences to the public. The use of two key areas (Gateway and Huckleberry properties) maximizes the prospects for skill development, offering an experience that will appeal to a range of skill levels—from beginners to experts alike.  (More information)

Brush Mountain Park - McDonald Hollow

The McDonald Hollow Trail Network is the first trail system in the new Brush Mountain Park, a park system that will span the southern face of Brush Mountain.  McDonald Hollow consists of 5.4 miles of multi-use trails. The seven trails are part of a stack-looped system that work their way up to the top of the mountain and give users options for extended distances or varied routes. As the elevation increases, the trails become more challenging with steeper trail sections. The trailhead is accessed from Meadowbrook Drive at the intersection with Glade Road.  (More information)

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Coal Mining Heritage Park & Loop Trail

Coal Mining Heritage Park and Loop Trail is located at mile five of the Huckleberry Trail between the Town of Blacksburg and the Town of Christiansburg. This park features a 1.5 mile loop trail, mining artifacts, open green space, and six distinct biozones. The former Merrimac mining community resided on the 28 acre tract east of Price Mountain, which hosted a mining tipple, hotel, general store, and residential housing for the coal miners. An ADA accessible trail leads to the old mining entrance and some of the old foundation. Look for historical markers and educational signage that give a glimpse into the past.

The Coal Mining Loop Trail officially opened November 17, 2010. The trail was designed and built by approximately 15 volunteers from the non-profit organization Pathfinders for Greenways. The trail crew volunteered 1,935 hours to finish the trail project. The new trail addition is 1.5 miles and is designed to meet International Mountain Bike Association standards to accommodate bicyclists, joggers, walkers, and trail users. There is a quarter-mile section designed to be accessible for wheelchair users. (More information)

Pandapas Pond Recreation Area & Poverty Creek Trail System

The Pandapas Pond Recreation Area is located in Montgomery County, Virginia. The area includes an 8-acre man-made pond (Pandapas Pond), that provides fishing, hiking, flat-water canoeing, and picnicking opportunities. Visitors can walk 2.4 miles of trail around the pond, including the one-mile wheelchair accessible loop trail that circles the lake and is limited to pedestrian traffic only.  

The Poverty Creek Trail System consists of approximately 24 miles of trail open to mountain biking, hiking, trail running and horseback riding. The trails traverse the Poverty Creek valley, Brush Mountain and Gap Mountain and vary in length and difficulty.  Trailheads can be accessed from various locations, including: upper and lower parking lots at the Pandapas Pond Day Use Area, Gateway Trail Park Parking, and from Route 708. (More information)

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