Rollerblading the Huckleberry Trail
For six years now, Tony Airaghi and I make it a point to rollerblade the Huckleberry Trail at least once each year. It was a gorgeous spring day out today, so it was a great day for us to continue our tradition into 2007.
The Huckleberry Trail was a Rails to Trails conversion. What was originally a railway built in 1902 to transport coal evolved into a passenger line between Blacksburg and Christiansburg. That line stopped seeing use in 1958 and over three decades later the area evolved again. It became a fully paved pathway, slightly over 5 1/2 miles, from the Blacksburg Library to the New River Valley Mall.
It is perfect for rollerblading (though the area near Margaret Beeks Elementary School could use some smoother pavement) and brings with it a variety of sites and scenery. You go over a quaint bridge over Southgate, by the Corporate Research Center / Virginia Tech Airport, next to cow fields, through a tunnel under 460, past the Coal Miner Heritage Park, along a bridge over active train tracks, through rocky outcroppings and finally the mall.
Today Tony Airaghi and I did a 9 mile round trip. Here are some shots from our outing:
The Huckleberry Trail (near Mile Marker 2)