The Poverty Creek Trail system (also known as Pandapas Pond) is a network of multi-use trails perfect for hiking, running, horseback riding, and mountain biking. There are more than 20 miles of trails of varying degrees of difficulty. By accessing the trails that branch off of Poverty Creek Trail you can easily spend an entire day on this trail system and not finish all the trails.
Poverty Creek Trail is the easiest of the trails in this system. It is a series of small ups and downs and is ideal for mountain bikers of all skill levels but especially great for those just getting into the sport. Think of Poverty Creek Trail as the “spine;” many trails branch off of Poverty Creek that are more challenging.
The trails are color coded:
From Roanoke – Take I-581 N and take Exit 1S to merge onto I-81 S toward Salem. Continue on I-81 until you reach Exit 118C-B-A. Take this exit to merge onto US-460 W. Drive 14 miles on 460 W. Keep left to stay on US-460 W and continue for an additional 3 miles. Turn left on Forest Service Rd 808. Turn left to stay on Forest Service Rd and the destination will be on your left.
Bull & Bones Brewhaus and Grill is a locally-owned brewpub with both an upscale dining room and a separate sports bar with a casual dining area. The brewpub is located in “First and Main” in Blacksburg on South Main Street. Fresh lager and ale is handcrafted and served on site and the brewery is visible through glass walls throughout the restaurant.
Outfitting Southwest Virginia since 1979, Back Country Ski and Sports is a full-service ski and snowboard, canoe, kayak, and backpacking shop with expert sales and service.
Back County also rents kayaks for the day. Pick up your boat at the Salem or Blacksburg location, hit the river of your choice, and return the boat when you’re done.
East Coasters is a full service bike shop offering new bikes for sale and professional repair on all makes and models. The shop carries everything you need to make your ride safer, more enjoyable, and most importantly – more fun!
In addition to promoting and assisting local races, East Coasters offers weekly rides and dedicates recycling resources for tubes, chains, gears, paper, plastic, aluminum, and steel.
Since 1984, the Greenhouse Boardshop has served the needs of people who ride skateboards and snowboards. Two locations — Roanoke and Blacksburg — are dedicated to promoting our sports in a variety of ways such as fundraising and constructing our local skate parks, hosting professional demos and contests, and by keeping our doors open for anyone to come in and hang out.
RunAbout Sports Blacksburg is a specialty running store located in Blacksburg. RunAbout Sports is unique because our expert staff is trained to help the customer find the correct shoe by analyzing the customer’s biomechanical needs.
The store also hosts events, a running series, and weekly pub runs.
TriAdventure Multisport Coaching & Fitness is a coaching organization committed to introducing beginners to the great sport of triathlon, and improving the fitness and performance of the endurance athlete. Triathlon and endurance training programs allow TriAdventure to offer a variety of fitness and endurance options, including strength and conditioning, swim, bike, run, and nutrition counseling for better health and peak performance.
TriAdventure supports a number of regional endurance events such as the Hell Climb 10K, TriAdventure Summer Sprint Tri, and Monster of a Metric Cycling Challenge.
The Virginia Tech Climbing Club is a student organization dedicated to helping people of all skill levels experience the joy of climbing. The club provides opportunities to meet other climbers, see what other people are climbing, clinics to demonstrate skills climbers need, and organizes trips to get out on the rock. Club meetings are open to anyone who would like to come.
Venture Out provides fun, safe, and educational outdoor services to Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, and the community of Blacksburg.
The organization specializes in exciting outdoor adventures, quality rental gear at unbeatable rates, and valuable resources to help you plan the perfect adventure. Venture Out offers extensive outdoor resources on local, regional, and national recreation opportunities. We have a variety of brochures and books on hiking, backpacking, and camping in the New River Valley including information on all of the Virginia State Parks and National Forest.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.
VPI Cave Club is the official student grotto (club) of the National Speleological Society. The club is designed to promote interest in and to advance the science of speleology, to promote conservation of caves and safety in their exploration, and to encourage fellowship among Virginia Tech students and alumni interested in caving. The VPI Cave Club has been around for more than 65 years.
Co-Owned by Kirk Miller, an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker and Eagle Scout; Walkabout Outfitter carries clothing, footwear, and equipment for camping, hiking, backpacking, travel and everyday wear.
Walkabout Outfitter sells outdoor, travel, and lifestyle clothing from The North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear and offer plenty of footwear options to include: Keen, Chaco, Merrell and Ahnu. Walkabout sells top of the line gear from Osprey, Eagles Nest Outfitters, MSR, Leki, Petzl, Black Diamond and more.
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