The Huckleberry Trail: A Plein Air Watercolor Series by Matt Gentry


Blacksburg native and Roanoke Times Photographer, Matt Gentry, has been documenting the events of Southwest Virginia through his camera lens for more than forty years. Over the last year, though, he traded his camera for brushes to create a watercolor series of the Huckleberry Trail. The 14-piece collection was completed en plein air at various locations along the trail and captures some of the most iconic and beloved locations on the trail.  


Friends of the Huckleberry was founded in July 1991 for the purpose of building a multipurpose trail to connect the Blacksburg and Christiansburg communities. For the last 30 years, we’ve worked with private and public partners to raise funds, acquire real estate and construct the trail. Today, the Huckleberry Trail is a 15-mile paved trail that serves as the spine for a 60-mile paved and natural surface trail system that includes the Coal Mining Heritage Park, McDonald Hollow Trail Network, Gateway Trail, Poverty Creek Trail System as well as other local systems.


A limited number of signed prints are available for sale. Thanks to Matt’s generosity, all proceeds will go to Friends of the Huckleberry for projects in the trail corridor.