Support Our Work
For the last three decades, we have been involved in all of the planning and construction of the trail, and 100% of donations and funding has been used for engineering and construction of the Huckleberry Trail and the amenities along the trail.
Trail Master Plan
In October 2021, we kicked off an effort to develop the first ever Master Plan for the Huckleberry Trail. The New River Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the NRV Regional Commission are providing a total of $40,000 in funding and staff resources to facilitate the planning process. The key stakeholders are Friends of the Huckleberry, local governments, Virginia Tech — and of course, our trail users. Our goal is to have the master plan finalized in late spring 2022.
Maps present information about the world in a simple, visual way, and one of our top priorities this year was to provide trail users with a detailed map of the Huckleberry Trail and the wider trail network in Montgomery County. We partnered with Pisgah Map Company to produce the first map of the 60-mile paved and natural trail network. The map is available in local stores and makes a great holiday gift for family member.
To provide more resources to trail users for exploring the trail, we added brand new mileage markers in 2021 to the newest segments of the trail and introduced new logos for the north and south segments.
If you are interested in having your logo or name displayed on one of the markers, sponsorships are still available. Send us an email to learn about this and other sponsorship opportunities.
New Trail Construction
During the pandemic, people engaged in outdoor recreation in record numbers, and communities realized the public health and quality of life benefits of multipurpose trails. We’re busy working with other regional non-profits exploring opportunities to expand the Huckleberry Trail. Your donation will help fund land and right-of-way acquisition and design and construction of new trails. Several projects on the horizon, include:
- Valley to Valley Trail: To connect the Huckleberry Trail to the Roanoke River Greenway to the north and the New River Trail State Park to the South. For more information, see VDOT’s project website.
- Huckleberry Trail Meadowbrook Extension: To extend the Huckleberry Trail from Heritage Park to the McDonald Hollow Trail Network parking lot and through the Tom’s Creek Basin.
- Prices Fork Bridge: To construct a pedestrian and bicycle bridge across the four-lane Prices Fork Road at Sheffield Drive.