The Community Design Assistance Center (CDAC) was requested jointly by the Town of Blacksburg and Montgomery County to develop a conceptual master plan for the Blacksburg-Montgomery County Loop Trail. This conceptual plan and any subsequent implementation is envisioned as a joint venture between the Town of Blacksburg and Montgomery County. Both entities will share the cost of the planning and development of the trail, as well as the many benefits that the trail will provide for their communities and residents.
The study area for the route is bounded by the Cedar Run drainage basin along State Route 603, Norfolk Southern Railroad adjacent to the Ellett Valley Nature Park, VDOT Smart Road and South Main Street in Blacksburg. Town-owned properties within this area have been given due consideration as primary locations for portions of the proposed trail route.
The conceptual design provides multiple access points for nearby residents, bicycle commuter traffic and community members. Connections between the mainline, multiple-use trail, a pedestrian-only trail, the existing Ellett Valley Nature Park trail system and designated bike routes link this area into a larger network of recreational opportunities. Primary objectives for the conceptual design project include: collaboration with citizenry (area landowners, community members) to assess support; physical landscape evaluation regarding trail suitability; and an inventory of the area's natural and cultural heritage attributes.