New Trail System and Park Elevate Montgomery County’s Mountain Biking Scene

The not-so-secret is that Montgomery County is home to some of the finest mountain biking trails on the East Coast. At least the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) seems to think so. For years, riders have come to Blacksburg and Christiansburg to explore trails throughout the region, like those at Pandapas Pond, the Poverty Creek Trail System, and even the newer mountain biking skills park.

The routes available to riders just lengthened by about five miles thanks to development of the McDonald Hollow Trail System, the first in the new Brush Mountain Park. A total of seven trails are part of a stack-looped system that work their way to the peak of Brush Mountain and give riders opportunities to vary or extend their routes. The trails naturally become more challenging as elevation increases, with the half-mile Blunderbuss trail being the greatest test. The black diamond Blunderbuss descends some 240-feet from the trailhead along narrow switchbacks with jumps and optional gaps. 

A variety of intermediate and easy routes are abundant to ensure the trail system accommodates riders of all skill levels. Additional trails, as part of a second phase, are being planned, and include extending the popular Huckleberry Trail to the McDonald Hollow parking lot to allow for longer rides with even more types of terrain.

Access the McDonald Hollow Trail System via Meadowbrook Drive at Glade Road. This is a fortuitous location as just down the street on Glade Road, Rising Silo Brewery awaits to refresh riders with a pint or two of locally crafted brews.

Users of the trail are kindly reminded to leave no trace, use only open trails and refrain from riding on muddy trails to preserve the quality of the system. 


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The Blacksburg Farmer's Market had special guests this past weekend for their Spring Market Kickoff! ๐Ÿ˜„ Did you catch these adorable alpacas on Saturday?

The market is now open Saturdays 8am-2pm and Wednesdays 2pm-6pm each week. โ˜€

Come out for farm-fresh goods and handmade items, as well as live music and the opportunity to meet local farmers and artisans! ๐Ÿ“

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We are excited to announce a FREE virtual workshop series led by Miles Partnership, a strategic marketing company focused exclusively on travel and tourism, to help ensure your online presence is in great shape! โญ

There are two webinars being offered on Tuesday, April 9 and Tuesday April 16, at 10am on both dates.

The first presentation is an overview and general introduction, while the second highlights more advanced topics. Advance registration is required. (Link in bio)

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Spring is in full bloom in Montgomery County! ๐ŸŒธ

In addition to cherry trees, redbuds, Bradford pears, and a variety of flowering bushes and bulbs can be found decorating our beautiful landscape. ๐Ÿ˜ Whatโ€™s your favorite type of spring bloom? Comment below! ๐Ÿ’

Photo: E. Cook // Montgomery County Regional Tourism

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Warm weather and sunny skies are in the forecast for St. Patrickโ€™s Day weekend! โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ€ If youโ€™re looking for an outdoor activity to enjoy, why not take a stroll or bike ride on the Huckleberry Trail? ๐Ÿšด Be sure to check out our Virtual Visitor Center for a listing of this weekendโ€™s festivities as well! ๐Ÿป (Link in bio)

Photo: E. Cook // Montgomery County Regional Tourism

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Come to the Blacksburg Community Center on Monday, January 29th from 4:30-8:30pm to learn more about the NRV Passenger Rail Project and share your input!

This project will bring passenger rail service to the region for the first time since 1979! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

In addition, a survey will be open from January 29th-February 28th for community members to share their priorities for the project.

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