"Pandapas Pond", "Brush Mountain", and "Poverty Creek" are often used interchangeably to describe an extensive trail system just outside the town limits of Blacksburg in the Jefferson National Forest. Pandapas Pond encompasses 500 acres on the north side of Brush Mountain, a 2,843-foot peak that overlooks downtown Blacksburg and Virginia Tech. It's owned by the National Forest Service. Combined with other NFS-owned land in the area, it offers miles and miles of trails both broad and flat, steep and tricky, and in-between. Poverty Creek is the creek that flows into Pandapas Pond which sits at the base of Brush Mountain.
The area's trail system also encompasses Gap Mountain.
The pond itself is a man-made, 8-acre body of water. It sits on the edge of the eastern continental divide and is the headwaters of Poverty Creek. Pandapas Pond is a day use area only--it is closed to the public from dusk to dawn. Bikes are not allowed along the trails directly surrounding the Pond.
The trails in this system are generally well marked and range from easy paths (ie, the Poverty Creek Trail) to seriously technical singletrack (ie, Grizzly Trail). Trails closest to Pandapas Pond tend to be easier (though again, avoid the trails directly around the Pond itself for these are closed to bikes) while those on Brush Mountain and Gap Mountain are generally quite a bit more difficult.