Connecting Communities for 30 Years!

Friends of the Huckleberry was founded in July 1991 for the purpose of building a multipurpose trail to connect the Blacksburg and Christiansburg communities. For the last 30 years, we’ve worked with private and public partners to raise funds, acquire real estate and construct the trail. Today, the Huckleberry Trail is a 15-mile paved trail that serves as the spine for a 60-mile paved and natural surface trail system that includes the Coal Mining Heritage Park, McDonald Hollow Trail Network, Gateway Trail, Poverty Creek Trail System as well as other local systems.
Matt Gentry, Photographer & Friend

We will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this summer with Blacksburg native and Roanoke Times Photographer, Matt Gentry.  While Matt has been documenting the events of Southwest Virginia through his camera lens for more than forty years, over the last year, he traded his camera for brushes to create a watercolor series of the Huckleberry Trail. The 14-piece collection was completed en plein air at various locations along the trail and captures some of the most iconic and beloved locations on the trail.

You will have several opportunities to view the series. The first exhibition will be part of The Artful Lawyer’s “Sustainable Summers & Mother Earth” Show, which begins on June 15, 2022. Join Matt and Friends of the Huckleberry at The Artful Lawyer on July 20, 2022, for an Artist Talk and to celebrate 30 years of the organization. Prints will be on sale during the show. 

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