The Blue Ridge School campus has over 15 miles of trails used for mountain biking and hiking. The trails traverse various terrain, and offer the opportunity to experience the flora and fauna of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Some of the trails offer overlooks and pass historical sites (old homes, spring boxes and gravesites). Click here to view an interactive trail map. You can also visit MTBproject.com or download the app on a smart device to view our trails.
Click here to download a pdf of the trail map.
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BLUE RIDGE SCHOOL GATEWAY TRAILS
Blue Ridge School was honored to receive support from The Walton Family Foundation to improve its mountain bike trails and program in 2012. The initiative was led by Blue Ridge School Outdoor Program Director, Tony Brown, and Arkansas-based firm, Progressive Trail Design.
The first phase of the initiative included the completion of the Gateway Trail (Chesley Creek Loop), a multi-faceted, two-mile long trail that circles the perimeter of the School’s main campus. Phase two was completed in March 2017, thanks to the generosity of the Robert and Hoyle Rymer Foundation and The Walton Family Foundation.
The 3-4’ machine-built path is designed for hiking, trail running and mountain biking. It builds upon Blue Ridge School’s 15-plus miles of existing trails that wind throughout the 750 acre campus and incorporates the natural terrain and contours to give it a rhythm and flow like a moving stream.
For a full article on the creation of the new trails, click here.
This one mile loop is the result of dedicated work from the Afternoon Outdoor Program, Mountain Bike Team, Outdoor Education Electives, and the Mountain Ecology classes—a combination of trail design, bridge construction and creation of interpretive signs. The goal of the BRS Interpretive Trail is to provide a learning experience for its users, highlighting the natural history of the Blue Ridge School to promote a sense of stewardship.
The trail has been designed to easily traverse the terrain while highlighting the diversity of the area—through lush forests of varying ages, beside open fields of wildflowers, over tiny springs thick with vegetation, and along the rocky banks of Chesley Creek.
Numerous signs have been placed throughout the trail to identify trees and various plants, and to provide general ecology and backcountry information. Click here for more information.