Poverty Creek Trail (w/ side trip to Pandapas Pond) 

The Poverty Creek Trail system (AKA Pandapas Pond) is a network of multi-use trails perfect for hiking, running, horseback riding, and mountain biking.


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Author: RoanokeOutside
Date: 12 Apr 2009 7:54:20 PM
Source: Trimble Outdoors on my Verizon phone
Activity: Mountain Biking
State: Virginia (VA)
Distance: 3.83 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 673 ft
Total Loss: 828 ft
Net Change: -155 ft
Difficulty: 4 / 10
Tags: Blacksburg, Day Hike, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail running, Virginia
Rating:   1 rating(s) Rate it

Ideal For:

  • Mountain Biking (beginner to expert)
  • Day Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Picnicing (Pandapas Pond area)
Time Requirements:  Poverty Creek Trail is an out and back trail which means that you can turn around whenever you want.  This particular route is ~3.7 miles one way (~7.4 round trip).  By accessing the trails that branch off of Poverty Creek Trail you can can easily spend an entire day in this trail system and not finish all the trails.

Directions to Trailhead: 
From Blacksburg, VA take 460W for ~3 miles. As you leave Blacksburg you will drive up a large mountain and as you come down the backside be in the left lane.  At the bottom Turn Left to access Pandapas Pond.  Make an immediate left into the main parking lot (for bikes, horses, etc.) or continue straight to access the Pandapas Pond day use picnic area and restroom facilities (no bike/horses allowed).

Trail/Trip Description:  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.

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"; there are many trails that branch off of Poverty Creek that are more challenging. 

The trails are color coded:
Green = Easier (all of the Poverty Creek Trail is green)
Blue = Moderate
Black = Difficult

Included in this map is a side trip out to see Pandapas Pond (Bikes and Horses are not permitted in/around the pond area).  There is a restroom located next to the pond.

There are 3 small creek crossings along this route (see photos).

Note:  There are many "unauthorized" trails that have been created over the years.  It is recommened that you only travel on trails that have sign posts at their trail heads.

Map:  Click Here to see an overview map - please note that it is not entirely accurate but should get the job done.

Position Format: Datum:
Tracks

Poverty Creek Trail Head

Distance: 3.72 mi Points: 951
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Access the trail by crossing the road you just drove in on. Trail head is directly across from parking lot.

Side Trail to Pandapas Pond area

Distance: 0.11 mi Points: 38
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
<2 min. walk to pond area - bathroom facilities are to left of pond

Points of Interest

Trail View

Location: 37.284270, -80.469568

Map at Parking lot/Trail Head

Location: 37.284980, -80.460627
The map is very accurate, but not 100%.

Trail View

Location: 37.284607, -80.469053

Trail View

Location: 37.282884, -80.471018
Probably one of the more difficult sections on the actual Poverty Creek Trail

Side Trail to Pandapas Pond area

Location: 37.281096, -80.471560
<2 min. walk to pond area - bathroom facilities are to left of pond

No Bikes or Horses allowed at Pond area

Location: 37.281054, -80.471502
No Bike or Horses allowed. Short walk (<2min).

Approaching Pandapas Pond area

Location: 37.281314, -80.470418

View of Pandapas Pond

Location: 37.281567, -80.469902

View of Pandapas Pond

Location: 37.281276, -80.469715

Great Fishing Site

Location: 37.281166, -80.469678

Joe Pye Trail

Location: 37.280838, -80.471874
There is a map/sign post here. Turn left and cross the stream to access Joe Pye Trail, or continue to right on Poverty Creek Trail

Royale Trail

Location: 37.278381, -80.474162
Royal Trail goes off to the right. This is a moderate uphill climb to the Forest Service Road (and access to trails on Gap Mountain)

Through the Pines

Location: 37.276800, -80.476611
My favorite section of the trail

Snake Root Trail

Location: 37.275450, -80.478148
Snake Root Trail turns to the left here. Poverty Creek continues to the right. Snake Root is a popular trail to access the top of Brush Mountain. From the top you can access Jacob's Ladder and Horse Nettle. Going up Snake, turning left on the Forest Service Road at the top, and then turning left to come down Horsenettle, ending at the parking lot is a popular loop.

May Apple Trail

Location: 37.267501, -80.485761
May Apple turns to the left, Poverty Creek continues straight.

Jacob's Ladder Trail

Location: 37.266625, -80.486543
Jacob's Ladder turns to the left, Poverty Creek continues staight. Jacob's ladder is one of the more difficult trails. I recommend coming down it, not up it.

Trail View

Location: 37.273946, -80.481892

Map of Trail System

Location: 37.273823, -80.484728
There is a map of the trail system at this 3-way intersection. Turn left to continue on Poverty Creek Trail.

1st Creek Crossing

Location: 37.262766, -80.494375
The water level is rarely more than ankle deep.

2nd & 3rd Creek Crossings

Location: 37.262736, -80.497529
#2 and #3 are right beside each other

Trail View of Rhododrendons

Location: 37.261478, -80.507842

Horses

Location: 37.274803, -80.479621
Poverty Creek Trail is very popular for horseback riding. If you are on a bike please approach slowly so you don't spook the horses.

Horses

Location: 37.274832, -80.479591

Trail intersects for Forest Service Rd.

Location: 37.261457, -80.510514
This is the end of the main section of Poverty Creek. It does continue across the road and around the gate.

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