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

Nice trail for a fun, quick hike

Wonderful trail. Was just walking and saw a red fox.

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.

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.

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 .

Great warm winter day in Blacksburg. Started at the library and went through the route 460 underpass. Turned around and came back along southgate Drive. First outing of 2018. Many more to come. Saw a Carolina wren, cardinals, blue birds and a red tail hawk.

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.

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

walking
9 months ago

rerouted partially due to construction. nice paved track in town.

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

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

I hiked this trail from Blacksburg to Christiansburg. It has lots of hills and great scenery. VT, an abandoned mine, rock formations, etc. I loved it.

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

walking
Saturday, July 08, 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.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

it's a great trip if u just wanna go for a run in Blacksburg...but lots of other people around all the time

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

hiking
Monday, March 20, 2017

This trail has increased in length, more than 12.6 out and back due to upgrades and connections in 2014/2015. Takes you out of rural and has a much more urban feel towards Christiansburg when you end up behind Walmart, Home Depot and the local High School. Still a great, well maintained trail.

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

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

Sunday, November 27, 2016

its a great trail for for running or walking a dog. the side trails give some short walks through wooded areas

mountain biking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

There were a lot of people out, but it was such a nice November day that it was no surprise.

mountain biking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Nice bike ride. I am glad we had mountain bikes because there were some rough spots.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Lots of interesting sites, well used and marked

walking
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Easy trail with lovely views starting right from downtown Blacksburg.

walking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

My girls and I love walking this trail. Great scenery and wildlife ❤️.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Great for biking, plenty of exercise with the small but steep hills.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Easy trail and great for biking, running, walking, etc.

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

This is my favorite place to ride bikes! The scenery is so beautiful the whole way! Some parts I have to get off and walk the bike but it's still great exercise!

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