Ellett Valley Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Blacksburg, Virginia. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.3 miElevation gain308 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingWalkingRunning
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A nice walk through wooded forest on a hilly path. Includes interpretive signs. Trailhead is easy to miss, as it looks like a private residence (notice the mailboxes when you turn in). There's room for 5-6 vehicles in the lot. Be aware of the big pothole immediately as you turn into the drive.

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Ron Rordam
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Alexander Booker
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Hiking

Probably closer to a moderate.

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Phil Parker
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Hiking

Nice trail with good mountain top views. A little rocky, but still fun with some uphill on the blue trail. The sinkhole didn’t sink and evil bugs are not present in December. We had a great time.

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Jeff Richards
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Hiking

Great nature teaching trail!

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Josh Pate
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Hiking

Nice short trail, that is well marked. Trail head turnoff can be a little hard to see, look for green street sign that read 1087 Jennelle rd. Ellett Valley Recreational Area. There a plaques throughout the trail that offer educational information about sinkholes, trees, plants and other things that you would encounter on trail. The trail can be a little slippery in the fall due to leaves covering the trail.

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Alan Munshower
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Alan Munshower
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

This trail has potential, but isn't worth a trip from anywhere outside of Blacksburg/Christiansburg. First off, you'll need a AWD or vehicle with ground clearance to navigate the 25 yards of driveway to the parking lot. Trail is overgrown but does have some good elevation gain and educational elements. The blue trail will widen the loop from 1.0 to 1.3 miles. Definitely best hiked in winter if there is no snow or ice. Some views of surrounding mountains when the leaves have fallen.

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J. Adam
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HikingOver grown

It was fun for a morning hike, but some spots are pretty overgrown. The trail should be marked “moderate.” It’s short, but there’s a steep climb. If you take the “secondary trail” loop there will be some rocks and fallen trees.

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Jordan Paugh
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Hiking

About 50% of the trail has not been maintained and is super overgrown. So I hiked that part and tried not to get any ticks. The rest of the trail was great for a morning run

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Liz Bradley
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HikingBugsOver grown

Not exactly what I would call an “easy” kid friendly trail. Our five year old was able to do it but he hikes a lot. Some steep parts. Lots of narrow paths, mostly overgrown. Lots of poison ivy, oak, and sumac. Educational signs were fun, but not my favorite hike.

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Phil Parker
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HikingBugsOver grown

Fun, easy trail with lots of signs teaching about nature. It was overgrown in a few places because we hiked it in June. The trail had a small stream that was nice.

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Amy Bosnoian
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Hiking

Cute little trail. You can take an off trail for 0.2 miles which takes you back to the original trail and it’s tough! Or I’m just out of shape, I had to stop and take a short break. Lots of pretty wildflowers too.

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Greg Pfaff
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Good trail with a good mix of ups and downs. Some muddy spots. A lot of roots and rocks on the trail so wear shoes with supportive ankles. Take the extended trail of you want a little extra challenge (the trail isn't challenging so go for it). Nice quick hike if you don't have a lot of time. There are many informative plaques throughout the trail that tell you about your environment. There's no scenery so don't come looking for overlooks and waterfalls.

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Liz Swinfen
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Nice short hike. Good for school age kids as informative signs on the trail.

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Molly McCarthy
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Christina Vance
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Hiking

Nothing impressive

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Ruby Dalton
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Hiking

It’s a nice little walk through the woods I would really say it’s a hike. There are no views or overlooks but it is a pretty area

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Karlee Friese
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Walking

Did this one yesterday but didn’t get verified so had to come back & do the blue trail but we completed it and got verified. Heck yah bud!! ♥️

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Karlee Friese
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Walking

Super beautiful! With it being fall the trail had a yellow-ish vibe which was BREATHTAKING. The trailhead is tricky but one of other reviews explained it perfect. It looks like a private drive with multiple mailboxes but it is indeed the road to the trailhead. I didn’t do the extended path but should have but still was so much fun!!

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Brianna Simoni
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HikingBugsOver grown

I went on a run to where I came in contact with a tree, tried to jump over and missed... the tree won and my shin hurts like a mofo. Other than that a nice short easy hike with a small incline but very fun, I just recommend wearing pants

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Casey Duke
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HikingBugsOver grown

Easy forest loop with optional detours and lots of signage about local wildlife and plant life. I just tried to do it in the middle of August, which doesn’t seem to be a good time (in comparison to other local trails, which have been great). It was overgrown in places and I was pretty constantly having to navigate around spiderwebs. I want to try it again once things cool down - seems like it may be much more pleasant then.

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Alex Rhodes
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Hiking

Good quick hike with enough elevation to make it a bit sweaty. Tons of brush on the trail though.

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Jennifer Hay
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Nice trail with light elevation. The dogs and I thoroughly enjoyed the path. Please leash your dogs, as it is no fun being ambushed by strange dogs. Remember, a dog off leash running up on a leashed dog, can and often is, interpreted as aggression. Leash your dogs.

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Angela Durkac
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Went with my two dogs and thought it was a great trail. I got confused at first bc the trail is right behind the sign, if you go toward the gate it’s private property. It’s a fair amount to hills but the trail is clearly marked and offered and extra 0.2 miles if you take the blue loop.

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