*Connect the Valleys Proposal

Montgomery County Board of Supervisors are working on a proposal to connect the Huckleberry Trail with other trails from Roanoke to Galax. This would make the Huckleberry part of a 100-mile trail along some of the most scenic areas of southwestern Virginia. According to 10News, County leaders have not only been working with the Christiansburg Town Council to connect the Huckleberry with the Roanoke River Greenway but are now also “collaborating with local leaders across both valleys to get them on board with connecting trails all the way from Roanoke to Galax.”

The Roanoke Times reported that Chris Tuck (Chairman of the county’s Board of Supervisors) has reached out to leaders of other localities about creating a committee to pursue this goal. Bill Ellenbogen, President of the Friends of the Huckleberry Trail, emailed the supervisors to assure them that our non-profit organization will do all we can to support the effort. As the Times article notes, this is a long-term project that is likely to take years to complete, but (quoting County Supervisor April DeMotts), “if we don’t start working on it now, it will never happen.”

The Huckleberry Trail has come a long way since construction began in 1996 – our trail is now over 14 miles long – and additional plans to extend the trail further are in the works. We encourage all our Friends to email your local government leaders in support of this proposal. A joint effort across the regions has the best chance of success.

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