Pandapas Pond / Poverty Creek

   
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34
miles

Intermediate

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↑ 4,600 ft
↓ 5,900 ft
6.4
avg mph
30
ridden
11
wishlist
0:41
avg time

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AVERAGE RATING
4.06 out of 5
About This Trail
added by weaselworks Granny Gear on December 25, 2006
 
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!
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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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on Nov 20, 2012
 
Andrew Burton on April 5, 2014
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Review: Good trails for the ones I rode,

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mudly68 on October 30, 2013
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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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grahamt on September 8, 2013
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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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mtberik on August 28, 2013
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Review: A great system of trails with a wide verity of trails

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Greg Heil on November 20, 2012
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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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Guest on October 19, 2012
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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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KKeg14 on June 16, 2012
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Review: This trail was a lot of fun! Nothing too technical- a few stretches of pure rock, some roots, a few simple hills but nothing too steep. We also crossed a creek 2 or 3 times. There are 3 different level trails you can ride, so check out the different options before going. You could easily get at least 13 miles, if not more in. This is also a multi- use trail, so it was pretty torn up in quite a few places from horses.* Review edited 6/16/2012

* Review edited 6/16/2012

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RidingPastor on July 5, 2011
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Review: I thought this was a pretty simple and fast ride until I got to point where it crosses the forest road. Then it was climbing up the hill with no switchbacks. A lot of climbing! I rode in my easiest gear for some of the ride and rode one of my highest, the trail was that fast in some sections. It was not technical or flowing like I am used to in the Triad.

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thisguy on November 5, 2009
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Review: Wide variety of trails to choose from. Awesome rock gardens on prickley pear and skullcap, also some nice flat rock as well.

Similar Trail: Carvins Cove

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ClayNichols on October 5, 2009
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Review: Variety of difficulties from the Basin Trail and May Apple (easy) to Royale (moderate) and very challenging rides (like SnakeRoot and Prickly Pear). Variety of conditions. A fair amount of Rock Gardens on the harder trails.

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cwkrause on June 20, 2009
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Review: The May Apple trail roughly parallels a section of the Poverty Creek trail, but
follows an easier route.

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cwkrause on June 20, 2009
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Review: Great singletrack with lots of challenging rock gardens.

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cwkrause on June 20, 2009
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Review: Royale is a great trail ridden either direction; as either an easy climb or fun downhill. Links the Poverty Creek trail to the Prickly Pear trail.

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cwkrause on June 20, 2009
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Review: The Hairball trail is typically only ridden downhill because the section of trail near the top of the mountain is very steep with numerous small drops and many roots.

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xcryder on August 8, 2008
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Review: Great downhill ride with some loose rocks and trail erosion towards the bottom of the trail that provides a nice variety of trail conditions. Great for speed.

Similar Trail: Old Farm-Pandapas

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stephgus on August 5, 2007
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Review: Not one of my favorite rides, but two trails stood out if you are looking for technical and exciting downhills. The snake trail lives up to its names with a long down hill that cuts back and forth every 100 feet. Awesome in the summertime when the mountain laurel create a canopy right over your helmet. Jacobs ladder is also well named - tough roots make it more ladder than stairs with some drops that will keep your heart pounding. Haven't ridden the other trails.

Similar Trail: Carvin's Cove

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weaselworks on December 25, 2006
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Review: There are a wide variety of trails in the Pandapas Pond Day Use Area; ranging from <1 mile to over 7 miles and at various levels of difficulty. More detail, including GPS data, maps and elevation profiles can be found at http://www.weaselworks.org/pandapas/.

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weaselworks on December 25, 2006
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Review: There are a wide variety of trails in the Pandapas Pond Day Use Area; ranging from <1 mile to over 7 miles and at various levels of difficulty. More detail, including GPS data, maps and elevation profiles can be found at http://www.weaselworks.org/pandapas/.

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Pandapas Pond / Poverty Creek MTB Trail 4.06 out of 5 based on 18 ratings. 18 user reviews.
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