Brush Mountain Park

McDonald Hollow Trails

Welcome to the new McDonald Hollow Trails, formerly “Property 1” of Brush Mountain Park. The parking area for the trails is located near the intersection of Glade Rd. and Meadowbrook Drive in Blacksburg, VA.

New trail open! The Blunderbuss Extension has been completed and is now open to the public. It runs from Blunderbuss and intersects with Ida May. 

Help build more trails! Volunteer with Poverty Creek Trails Coalition on one of their Fall workdays.

To keep up with the latest news on the trails and our conservation work, stay in touch with our e-newsletter:

Trail Map

Download a PDF copy of the McDonald Hollow Trail Map.

Trail Etiquette

  • Only use open trails.
  • Practice Leave No Trace.
  • Stay off muddy trails.
  • Respect other trail users. Be kind. Say hello.
  • Never scare wildlife.
  • Yield the right of way to those passing you from behind or those traveling uphill.
  • Read the trail etiquette brochure from the Back Country Horsemen of America.

E-bike Policy

The e-bike (electric-assist/electric bike) policy for the Trail Network is the same as for the Forest Service and Poverty Creek Trail System. E-bikes are prohibited on trails, including trails open to bicycles.

Nearby Trails


In 2018, the New River Land Trust (NRLT) received a $1.2 million grant award from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s Forest CORE Fund. These grant funds were used to purchase two largely undeveloped properties comprising 552 acres on Brush Mountain. The Town of Blacksburg will provide long-term stewardship in the form of viewshed protection, preservation of ecological diversity, and recreational opportunities. The New River Land Trust has been working with local trail builder Eastern Trail Company and community volunteers to build the McDonald Hollow Trails on Property 1. Check out the videos below for more on the project.

Property 2 Update

With the McDonald Hollow Trails open, we’re moving on to Property 2 of the park. The Land Trust was awarded a $32,000 grant from Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s Forest CORE Fund to cover engineering costs for the site plan and funding for construction of the main climbing trail for Property 2.  Want to help us build trails on Property 2? Make a donation to the Land Trust and add “Brush Mountain Trails” in the comments section.

Brush Mountain Park Videos

Thank you to our Donors and Volunteers!

Many thanks to the 94 individual donors to the project and to the many volunteers who have contributed over 2,000 hours of work on the trails coordinated by the Poverty Creek Trails Coalition.