As we continue to raise funds for the Huckleberry Trail, we also grow our plans for its expansion! The Town of Blacksburg’s comprehensive plan lists 12 new trails as high priorities and nearly two dozen more as medium and low priorities, so we look forward to growing our trail map in the coming years.
Our plan is to extend the trail along the 460 Bypass to the Hethwood community and eventually to Blacksburg’s Gateway Park.
Funding is currently in place for a bridge to extend the Huckleberry Trail over Route 114, however a specific date for this expansion has not yet been set. Click on the image to the right to download the aerial view of that planned expansion (thanks to Blacksburg Striders for the update).
Trailhead Expansion Plans:
460 Tunnel to Plantation Road Project: plans to connect the Huckleberry Trail at the 460 tunnel to Plantation road will bring the trail closer to reaching the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest.
Hethwood to Heritage Park Expansion: the expansion of the Hethwood Connector Trail will allow the Huckleberry Trail to run concurrent with the Hethwood trail from Stroubles Creek, progressing towards the pond, along Heather Drive to Prices Fork Road. Heritage Park is located just 5 minutes from downtown Blacksburg off of Glade Road and the upcoming expansion to this park will offer 0.75 miles of scenic paved trail and approximately 2 miles of grassy trails for hikers, cyclist, and dog walkers.
Renva W. Knowles Bridge: thanks to a $1 million donation made by local resident Renva Weeks Knowles, who passed away in November 2007, the Huckleberry Trail will soon be extended over Route 114 (Peppers Ferry Road). This pedestrian bridge will allow for the trail to extend to the Christiansburg Recreation Center.