With convenient free parking along the trail, the Huckleberry Trail is a great place to bike for exercise or commute to campus or the office. The 7.5-mile trail travels between the Blacksburg Library and New River Valley Mall, and has connecting trails to the Virginia Tech campus and Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.
The parking lot for the Blacksburg Library is located on the corner of Miller and Preston Avenue, and the trail begins across Miller Street at the kiosk just to the right of Preston Avenue.
Throughout the mostly flat trail you can find mile markers at every half mile on wooden posts and benches, and a new restroom is located at the Coal Miners Park.
Cycling Cue Sheet: New River Valley Bicycle Association
|0.0||Begin on the trail to the left of the kiosk which gives information about the trail.|
|0.5||Bridge passes over Southgate Drive|
|0.8||Bike trail forks. Go straight and then follow the trail as it leaves the railroad grade and turns to the right. Since the airport lies on the old railroad grade, the trail takes a short detour before returning to the original grade.|
|1.2||Cross Tech Center Drive. Continue straight. The trail passes the Tech farms and thru a tunnel under US460.|
|2.7||Cross Mabry Lane at the entrance to Warm Hearth. The trail has now returned to the site of the original railroad grade.|
|3.3||Cross Huckleberry Road and Hilltop Road. Watch for traffic on Hilltop Road.|
|3.7||Cross Merrimac Road|
|4.7||Bridge over railroad|
|5.5||New River Valley Mall|
To return to the start, you can retrace the route just taken, or at Merrimac Road turn left (west) onto Merrimac Road to return to town by way of the bike paths thru Hethwood. From the intersection with Merrimac Road, the route continues as follows:
|7.3||Left onto Merrimac Road. Go up a hill, then down a long hill.|
|9.1||Cross Stroubles Creek and pass old sewage treatment center.|
|9.4||Turn right onto gravel road and pass through a gate to access the bike path on left in Hethwood. Follow bike path along field.|
|10.1||Turn right onto Mt. Vernon, then sharp left at the end of Mt. Vernon.|
|10.4||Turn right and go thru tunnel under Tall Oaks Drive.|
|10.7||Go right at fork at basketball court.|
|10.9||Right at T intersection and then right around Hethwood Pond.|
|11.65||Bridget over Stroubles Creek.|
|Follow bike path to town and start of ride.|