Pandapas Pond is located in the Jefferson National Forest a few miles outside of Blacksburg. It is a nice relaxing place to go on a sunny afternoon when you want to get away from the town and/or college. There are hiking trails that go down to and around the pond. It is an easy 1/4 mile hike from the parking lot to the pond.
Fishing is permitted in Panadapas Pond, but you must have a fishing license. The pond is stocked with trout.
To reach Pandapas Pond, drive North on US Route 460 away from Blacksburg. After you go up and over a large hill (you will know it when you see it, it is about a 1 mile uphill section of road) and enter Jefferson National Forest, the sign for Pandapas Pond will be on your left at the bottom of the hill. Turn left and follow the dirt/gravel road for about a mile. It will dead-end at the parking lot for Pandapas Pond. At the end of the parking lot is a map showing the hiking trails to and around the pond.
One of my favourite things to do in this area is drive on all the curvy country roads. There are so many (Rt. 603, Rt. 723, Rt. 311...), and I've never figured out how they all connect. I just pick a road heading out of town (one you can do is head on south on Main Street in Blacksburg, and make a left at Rt. 603) and wander until I find my way back to town. On the way are cute farmhouses, rivers, wildlife, and virtually no traffic. It's a very peaceful experience.
If you take 460 North of Blacksburg, you will find numerous outdoor activities awaiting you. As you drive towards Giles County, take a left into the Pandapas Pond park. The pond is stocked with bass, bluegill, trout, and other types of fish. Or it's just a nice place to bring a picnic on a nice day. If you are lucky enough to have a mountain bike, Pandapas Pond also has some of the best mountain biking trails on the east coast. Challenging climbs with screaming downhills.
Push on past Pandapas on 460 and turn right up the road to Mountain Lake Resort. The drive up the mountain will feature breathtaking views of the Appalachian mountains. At the top of the mountain, you may see something familiar (especially if you're a female) - the scene of Dirty Dancing the movie. Mountain Lake Hotel and resort has bike trails, hiking trails, boats, horseback, among many other activities.
If you keep going on 460 north, turn at the Dairy Queen on the right towards the Cascades. The Cascades park features a 2+ mile hike (not too difficult for the faint of heart) with a magnificent waterfall at the end. If it's nice, don't be surprised to see groups of people swimming around the waterfall enjoying beautiful mountain weather.
A drive to Giles County on 460W is a great experience. Try the Indian or Vietnamese restaurant in town. The kids love to go to the barns and see the new lambs in the Spring. The Virginia Tech Horticutural Gardens are very nice in the Spring and Summer. June is the best month of all.
From Prices Fork Road (heading towards Radford), make a right on McCoy Road. Then keep going until you hit the river. It's beautiful.