Pandapas Pond / Poverty Creek

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.28 out of 5
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Intermediate
34
miles

Other
↑ 3,200 ft
↓ 2,500 ft
2,224
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
There are a wide variety of trails in the Pandapas Pond Day Use Area (also known as the Poverty Creek Trail System); ranging from less than one mile in length to 7 miles long. Some of the trails are rather flat, nontechnical, and rolling. Others climb and dip along the ridge with some rock gardens thrown in to keep things interesting. And others are fast downhill descents littered with jumps and other obstacles! Want to do a really long ride? Pedal out here via the greenway from Blacksburg, ride all the singletrack, and then ride back! There really is a bit of something for everyone at Pandapas Pond!
added by weaselworksGranny Gear December 26, 2006
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (14)
System Trails (14)
Brush Mountain
Gateway
Horse Nettle
Indian Pipe
Jacob's Ladder
Joe Pye
May Apple
Poverty Creek
Prickly Pear
Queen Anne
Royale
Skullcap
Snake Root
Trillium
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Reviews (22)
 

Bunny Hop

November 3, 2016
 
Review: Great system of trails in close proximity to VT. I was visiting VT for a Career Fair and brought the bike along in hopes of getting a ride in. I started at the parking lot closest to the school and rode the connector trail up to the ridge. I should say I walked a good portion of the trail up due to the technical difficulty of the climbing. A guy I was riding with was able to session the difficult spots all the way up, but I am not at that skill level. Once at the top, I rode the ridge line to the southeast, then dropped in on the Beauty Trail (not sure on the exact name of it). It was by far the best trail I rode that day. Lots of fun, tight turns and good speed on the way down. I then rode some of the other trails in this valley, then climbed back to the ridge line. The trip back down the connector trail was a blast! Overall about 13 miles of riding and my legs felt it. Looking forward to trying it again on my next visit to VT.

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Granny Gear

April 24, 2016
skirschner Granny Gear  
 
Review: Road base trail. Great beginner trails, single and double tracks. A little bit of rock and root gardens. Short climbs. Fun creek crossings.

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Gramcounter


March 20, 2016
Bentjammer Gramcounter  
 
Review: This is old school mountain biking at its best. Home of Rowdy Dawg MTN Bike Race held every October, the oldest continuously run mtb race in Virginia. Accessible from Blacksburg bt the Gateway Old Farm Trail or the Pandapas Pond P-lot.

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Granny Gear

January 2, 2016
smithj723 Granny Gear  
 
Review: A really large trail system with something for everyone. I rode maybe half the trails during my time in Blacksburg, always solo. I'd suggest bringing company if you plan on doing any of the advanced routes (or even if you do the whole 7 miles on Poverty Creek) - there are many technical spots the further out you go with a lot of opportunity for error, but it's a blast to ride. Seems like a no-brainer now but Pandapas is the reason I put discs on my old mtb...don't risk the advanced trails without them. Awesome views, fun variety of trails, and mostly well-marked. Your legs will scream from the climbs but the fast downhills are worth it.

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Gramcounter

April 6, 2014
 
Review: Good trails for the ones I rode,

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Bunny Hop

October 31, 2013
mudly68 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Not really that much fun unless you ride enough to be in good shape for the climbs. Poverty Creek is considered the easy trail, but its harder then most intermediates I've ridden. Only had good flow in a couple of spots. Scenery is average. Would much rather hit up Angler's Ridge in Danville.

Similar Trail: Carvin's Cove

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Gramcounter

September 8, 2013
grahamt Gramcounter  
 
Review: Third trip to Roanoke area this year and have ridden Carvin's Cove once and Poverty Creek twice. I often ride solo so a well-marked trail system saves me wasted time trying to determine where I am and where I should be going. Pandapas is a favorite because it is so well-marked. Rode in April (still some snow on north-facing trails) starting a couple miles down 708 (dirt rode) at Trillium trail. Connected to Skullcap then Prickly Pear. Climbed up Snakeroot and down and up Old Farm and then back down ridge by way of Jacob's Ladder...3-4 hours of advanced trails...this is an awesome loop with lots of rocks, roots, drops, switchbacks, climbs, and fast descents. The scenery was perfect and the early-Spring trails were in great shape. Made my way only by using trail markers. This week I arrived at the main trailhead at 7pm with only an hour to ride. Helpful locals in the parking lot advised that a climb up Horse Nettle across the ridge to Jacob's Ladder and back by way of Poverty Creek Trail could be done in less than an hour. They were right, again well-marked trails allowed me to get in a great ride before dark. This is an awesome trail system and will ride again in subsequent visits to Roanoke area. All the trails (that I have ridden here) are do-able by a capable intermediate rider like myself.

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Gnarly

August 29, 2013
mtberik Gnarly  
 
Review: A great system of trails with a wide verity of trails

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World Champ


November 20, 2012
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: Great network of trails with a wide variety of difficulties available. Easy, flat rolling trails and steeper, faster technical trails. Definitely worth a visit!

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October 19, 2012
Guest   
 
Review: This is hands down my favorite trail system. I've been to probably 20 trails on the east coast, and this is my favorite by far. It's very unique. If you ride the lower trails that don't climb the mountain, they're great and all, but it's just like most other XC you've done before. The real fun for me, is climbing the mountain. These are so unique in the way that they climb the WHOLE mountain without stopping, then go down the WHOLE thing at once. It's awesome. My favorite loop is to take Poverty Creek to SnakeRoot, climb snake root, then go down Jacobs ladder. Snake root is also amazing to go down. Jacobs is the fastest downhill I've ever been on, littered with 2-3 foot drops (mostly at the end) and snake root has a bunch of flowy corners, and intense banks (at the end). But try more than these! There's only one trail out there I don't like (Beauty).

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Pandapas Pond / Poverty Creek MTB Trail 4.28 out of 5 based on 22 ratings. 22 user reviews.
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