Rollerblading the Huckleberry Trail

May 10, 2007 at 12:01 am 7 comments

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)


Tony poses by some wildflowers and cattails off the trail (Between Mile Markers 2 and 3). VA-460 is in the background.


Equipment on display at Coal Miners Heritage Park


A souvenir of the trail’s past purpose – a train depot (Close to Mile Marker 5)


Tony on a bridge that passes over an active railway (roughly 3/4 miles from the New River Valley Mall).  In past years, we’ve skated that bridge as a train passed beneath us.


Tony skates a section that is surrounded by steep rock walls (close to Mile Marker 5).  In the summer, delicious wild raspberries and blackberries grow on the rocks.

Additional Links
More Huckleberry Trail Pictures on my Flickr site
Friends of the Huckleberry Site
Coal Miner Geocache
Happy Trails to You Geocache

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Entry filed under: Geocaching, Huckleberry Trail, Rollerblading, Tony Airaghi.

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  • 1. Trees That Could « TGAW  |  May 10, 2007 at 12:30 am

    […] less than optimal conditions.  Tony and I ran across another resilient example today on the Huckleberry Trail.  This particular tree is growing on the rocky hillside near Mile Marker 5.  Check out the […]

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  • 2. Katie  |  May 10, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    What a nice trail to rollerblade on.

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  • 3. Linda  |  June 23, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    hey, where does one rent roller blades in the Main Line. Coming in from DC to take my nephews rollerblading, I have my own pair, but can’t for the life of me find anywhere to rent these. Any ideas? Would greatly appreciate it. They live in Wayne-Berwyn, PA area. I will take them anywhere in the vicinity and Philly to find rentals so I can take them out. Thanks so much!!! Linda

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  • 4. Linda  |  June 23, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    P.S. gorgeous route, great pics!

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  • 5. tgaw  |  June 24, 2008 at 8:33 am

    @Linda – Try

    Drive Sports 2
    1 Boathouse Row
    Philadelphia, PA 19130
    215.235.7368

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  • 6. Rollerblading Radford Riverway « TGAW  |  June 29, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    […] 29, 2008 As I mentioned before, Tony Airaghi and I have a long standing tradition of rollerblading the Huckleberry Trail. We decided to mix it up a bit. We went rollerblading last Thursday, but instead of the usual […]

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