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Pandapas Pond Day Use Area

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No. of Reviews: 4

There are a wide variety of trails in the Pandapas Pond Day Use Area; ranging from http://www.weaselworks.org/pandapas/ .
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Latitude
37.229444
Longitude
-80.414167
Trail Length
various
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Blacksburg
State/Territory/Province
VA
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
December 16, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: blooregard ,  Downhiller

Summary:
i rode these trails with my dad while up in blacksburg for a football game trails are amazing poverty creek offers very mild single track for inexperienced riders however for the more experienced riders the creek can be a blur of trees rocks light burms and roots this trail has several water crossings water levels were just under the downstroke of my cranks not a trail to be ridden when wet numerous wet slick mud spots in corners other wise a fun trail system will deffinetly be going back to ride there

Recommended Route:
i recomend taking poverty creek all the way down past the first 3 trails to the second parking lot then go up the dirt road until you see the a sign that says royale on the right turn onto this trail for a serious speed and adrenaline rush be carefull of the switchback at the end of the trail when you reach the end it will put you back onto poverty creek on your way to the parkinglot the end of royale is the second trail you pass on poverty creek don't go up it it is UPHILL !!! CAUTION however it is a faster route to the top be wary of speed demons on the way down



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Review Date
November 4, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: bricec5 ,  Racer

Summary:
The trails here range from being very technical, to fast smooth single track, technical climbs, and extremely fast descents (i.e. 35mph). I have been riding these trails for over a year and over the past 3 months I have been 3-5 times a week. Today was the first time that I ever successfully climbed the Old Farm trail (about 700' of technical climbing in 1.5 miles) so it will test your skills. I'm a person who gets tired of things very quickly but these trails still have me coming back for more. The trails encompass two mountains (Brush and Gap) and the valley in between. They are well maintained but maps are not very common, especially when not near a parking lot. I would highly recommend bringing a map. My favorite part of the whole system is the diversity, length, and challenge of the trails. Some like Old Farm mentioned earlier, snakeroot, jacob's ladder, are good for an adrenaline rush on the way down and a serious ass kicking on the way up. Others such as Royale, Poverty Creek, and May Apple are nearly flat, smooth, and fast. Only a 10 minute ride from Virginia Tech's campus.

Recommended Route:
From Campus: Go 1/4 mile on Glade Road (between the Empo and Kroger) and turn right onto shadow lake road. At the bottom of the big hill there is a stop sign. Make a left onto meadowbrook road and to the right of the Virginia Tech freeride house is a paved pathway which takes you to the bottom of Old Farm. *** make sure you go up the paved pathway to the trails and NOT up Old Farm Road***

Once at the top of old farm, I like doing one of two trails. Find Beauty by taking a left along the top of the mountain and ride up and down the jeep trail (also called Horse Nettle) for a mile or so. Take a right onto Beauty (it is unmarked but you should be able to see it). Or, from the top of old farm, Jacob's Ladder (aka Beast) goes down into the valley. No matter whether you take Beast or Jacobs ladder, you will get to Poverty Creek at the bottom. Take a right and ride until you see May Apple on the right. Take this fast trail for a mile or so until it reaches Snake Root. Turn right onto Snake Root (it is a fire road at this point). Snake Root turns into single track and takes you up to the top. Right onto horse nettle and then back down to Old Farm and you're done!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mountain Lake and Carvin's Cove



Comments
Apex08 (11/07/2009)
I also forgot to mention that the Pandapas and Brush Mountain trails are the same and people refer to them interchangeably. There are reviews for each place here on MTBR. Also wanted to add if you are not coming to campus and want to start the trails at a more central location, taking 460 West out of Blacksburg a few miles there is a forest service road (808) on the left. Right when you turn onto this road there is the main parking lot on the left. This places you right in the valley so you have the choice of either going up Brush Mountain or Gap Mountain and a great alternative from going up Old Farm as the first trail you ride (it's tough) if you were to follow the recommended route in my review...
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Review Date
August 3, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: benthandlebars ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
There are to main trails that go in opposite directions. Smaller trails branch off of both. Horse nettle goes up a ridge. It stays above poverty creek most of the time. There are trails connecting horse nettle and poverty creek. There are some other trails at the far end of poverty creek.

Recommended Route:
I like to go up horse nettle first. About half way up you can take joe doyle which is a fun trail that goes down to a small creek. Its very scenic with some climbs and descents and some water crossings. It comes out on poverty creek which you can take back to the parking lot. If youre feel like continuing to climb or want some technical downhills, continue on up horse nettle to the top. You can take snake root down to poverty creek. It has some really rough steep parts at the top and becomes more level near the bottom. You could also take jacobs ladder down. Ive never ridden it but would imagine it would be like snake root.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pandipis is my favorite place to ride around here.



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Review Date
July 14, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: twobournes ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
There are several interlocking trails that offer a number of options in aerobic and technicality. The poverty creek trail is the primary trail and is a very nice 7.2 mile out and back that offers a bit of everything in itself. the first 4 miles are fast with only rolling hills some interesting rock gardens and a few creek crossings to keep you on your toes. The final 3+ miles involves some significant climbing. If you do the out and back you will have about 6 miles of climbing in the middle, but you'll forget all about that as you fly through the final four miles back. The horse nettle trail traces the ridge above poverty creek and provides riders with several options to get back down (snake root, Jacobs ladder, joe doyle, or beauty). Any of these trails connect the two longest trails (poverty creek and horse nettle). On the other side of the mountain are a few technical trails that ascend and descend the opposite ridge line.

Recommended Route:
Parking area is well marked. enter poverty creek trail near parking lot entrance and horse nettle from the far end of the lot. These two trails feed you to the other trail options. You can find complete maps of the trails here: http://www.weaselworks.org/pandapas/
Do not let the map fool you, the trail system is very easy to understand once you are there (especially if you take a trip down poverty creek trail and back). once you understand how the trails are laid out the maps are very easy to use.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Matthews State Farm - Galax



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