Gateway Trail to Jacob's Ladder to Snakeroot Loop Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews
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Gateway Trail to Jacob's Ladder to Snakeroot Loop Trail is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Blacksburg, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.4 miles
1,666 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




horseback riding

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers




old growth

great for run training but bikes use it too so be aware.

3 months ago

The hike starts out with a steep climb up Gateway trail. I took the connecting trail to Snake Root trail (and saw a snake!) then poverty creek horse trail to Jacobs ladder, another steep climb. Fantastic workout and an absolutely beautiful trail system. No dramatic overlooks but lush plant life, some wildlife, and pretty creek crossings along the way. I set up my hammock for a break at the base of Jacobs Ladder. I’m a fairly consistent weekend hiker ( not a runner) and it took me 4 hours and 18 minutes including my break. Had my chihuahua with me, too.

3 months ago

Great trail run to work on elevation training! Can be a challenging run at times. Views from the top are pretty nice. Continue on to Jacobs latter trail and get onto poverty creek to extend your run/hike.

4 months ago

It was so good to get out and hike on Gateway Trail, Easter Sunday afternoon. If like a good elevation climb, and only have an hour and a half, Gateway is a great up and back trail that will get your heart pumping .

6 months ago

It’s just 3.4 miles if you hike up to the top and back down without going on other trails. Easy and quick hike in Blacksburg, VA.

8 months ago

Boring hike. Nothing in particular worth seeing. Heavy traffic. More suitable for mountain biking than hiking.

10 months ago

Not really work the hike unless you're just testing gear or staying in shape

Saturday, August 19, 2017


trail running
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

fairly challenging trail run, pretty much straight uphill ~2 mi up then at end of gateway can branch either way to add distance for a good out and back run

Thursday, July 06, 2017

No views but the hike itself is through a very nice wooded area. Solid elevation gain for being so close to Tech campus. Park across the street (just a short ways down from where the trail starts) at the Heritage Park. There are many path options at the top where Jacob's Ladder trail appears, be sure to check out the trail map in the grassy area about a quarter of a mile in to see the options.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Nice little loop, nothing too special about the views but the proximity to Virginia Tech is nice

Monday, February 13, 2017

great trail, suprised at how well the forest service keeps it up. very well maintained. kudos to those guys

trail running
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Wanted to start trail running. Seemed like a good one to start with. Nice scenic views.

2 months ago

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Monday, August 01, 2016