NRLT purchased two properties totaling 552 acres on the south face of Brush Mountain last year with money from Virginia Outdoor Foundation’s Forest CORE Fund.
We plan to transfer the properties to the Town of Blacksburg to become a public park. In the meantime, we’re working on the construction of a multi-use trail system for the future park, which will provide recreational opportunities for mountain bikers, runners, hikers, horseback riders, and wildlife enthusiasts.
The Town and project partners convened a group to help with the planning of the park and trail system. The group has drafted a plan that is intended to appeal to a range of user groups and interests. The plan currently outlines about nine miles of trails.
We recently applied for funding that, in combination with money already secured from community donors, the Town, and the CORE Fund, would allow us to start the first phase of trail work in early 2020.
In addition, the New River Valley Bicycle Association, Blacksburg Striders and the Blue Ridge Off-Road Cyclists are matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000! To take advantage of the match, donate on NRVBA’s website before December 15th.
Want to learn more about the plans? Come to the public meeting on Thursday, December 5th at 6pm at the Blacksburg Library to see the draft plan and learn more about the future park.