Pandapas Pond / Poverty Creek

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.10 out of 5
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Intermediate
34
miles

Other
↑ 5,900 ft
↓ 4,600 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 weaselworksBunny Hop December 25, 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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Recent Trail Check-ins     (4 total check-ins)
  Rich S.   on Mar 4, 2015
  Jon_Gotow   on Aug 3, 2014
  RoadWarrior   on Apr 26, 2014
  Greg Heil   on Nov 20, 2012
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Reviews (18)
 

Gramcounter

April 5, 2014
 
Review: Good trails for the ones I rode,

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Bunny Hop

October 30, 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 28, 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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Gramcounter

June 16, 2012
KKeg14 Gramcounter  
 
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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Trailblazer

July 5, 2011
 
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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Granny Gear

November 5, 2009
thisguy Granny Gear  
 
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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Poseur

October 5, 2009
 
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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Pandapas Pond / Poverty Creek MTB Trail 4.10 out of 5 based on 18 ratings. 18 user reviews.
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