The New River Land Trust is raising funds for the construction of a multi-use trail system on Brush Mountain. Phase 1 of the project started in June with the construction of over 2 miles of new trail on the first of two properties. The NRLT is seeking financial support from the community for the next phase of the project, and the funds will be allocated directly for trail construction.
To help us kick off the campaign, Inorganic Ventures of Christiansburg pledged $10,000! We are grateful for their support, and we invite you to join Inorganic Ventures by making a donation to the project.
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 the south face of Brush Mountain. The NRLT plans to transfer the two properties to the Town of Blacksburg in the next two years, with the Town providing long-term stewardship in the form of viewshed protection, preservation of ecological diversity and recreational opportunities. This trail system will also provide additional links between the expanding Huckleberry Trail system and the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest and the Pandapas Day Use Area.
Opportunities for mountain biking, trail running, hiking, nature viewing, and horseback riding help attract talented and skilled employees to the area and can lead to lower healthcare costs. The trails will be a great asset to the community, and the new park will promote tourism and make the area an even more desirable place to live and visit.
To cover initial costs of the project, such as design and site preparation work, we have raised over $35,000 from community organizations such as the New River Valley Bicycle Association, Blue Ridge Off-Road Cyclists, Blacksburg Striders, Backcountry Horsemen of America, and individual community members (see video).
Additionally, the Town of Blacksburg has already provided approximately $20,000 in funding for site planning. And the town has proposed additional funding over the next five years in the Capital Improvement Projects budget for parking and Huckleberry Trail connections.
Want all the details? Visit the links below from the Town of Blacksburg’s page.
- Vision, Mission, Values for Brush Mountain Properties Stakeholder Team (pdf)
- Draft Concept Plan: Brush Mountain Properties, Dec 2019 (pdf)
- Map A: Existing Conditions, Both Properties (pdf)
- Map B: Proposed Trail Alignments, Brush Mountain Property 1 (pdf)
- Map C: Proposed Trail Alignments, Brush Mountain Property 2(pdf)
- Map D: Proposed Trail Alignments, Both Properties (pdf)
- Community Presentation: Brush Mountain Properties Draft Concept Plan, Dec 2019 (pdf)
Contact John Eustis, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-951-1704.