Visiting the CDP of Merrimac, VA

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This article is presented by the child abuse attorneys from Merrimac. We are thrilled to assist you in learning something new about the local area of Merrimac.

Description of Merrimac

Merrimac is a census-designated place (CDP) in the county of Montgomery, Virginia. Part of the Blacksburg-Christiansburg Metropolitan Statistical Area, it has the geographical coordinates of 37.192257 degrees north latitude and 80.422247 degrees west longitude. It is said that Merrimac got its name because mines in the area were used to supply coal to the USS Merrimack ( now the CSS Virginia). Between 1904 and 1935, the Merrimac Mines post office was in operation. Today, Merrimac has a total area of 1.8 square miles, according to the United States Census Bureau. The CDP has a humid subtropical climate, which means its summers are hot and humid, and its winters are mild to cool.


As of the 2000 census, Merrimac has a population of 1,751 people and a population density of 963.5 people per square mile. The area is racial made up of:

  • 94.35% White
  • 1.94% Asian
  • 1.88% African American
  • 0.91% Two or More Races
  • 0.91% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.57% Native American
  • 0.34% Other Races

The CDP also includes 889 households and 353 families with an average size of 1.82 and 2.76, respectively. The households in Merrimac consists of:

  • 60.2% were Non-Families
  • 53.7% were Individuals
  • 29.2% were Married Couples
  • 25.3% with Someone 65 or Older
  • 18.0% with Children Under 18
  • 7.5% had Female Householders

These households have an average income of $21,462. Males make a median income of $31,223, while females make $20,547. In the Merrimac CDP, 16.5% of the population are living below the poverty line. As of the 2010 census, the population has increased to 2,133 people.

Coal Mining Heritage Park and Loop Trail

The Coal Mining Heritage Park and Loop Trail is a recreational space for the residents of Merrimac. Located on Merrimac Road, the park was designed and built by the nonprofit organization Pathfinders for Greenways. It was opened on November 17, 2020. Walkers, joggers, runners, bicyclists and more are welcome to use the 1.5-mile loop trail. The park also features open green space, six biozones, and mining artifacts depicting the history of the mining industry in Merrimac. The Coal Mining Heritage Park and Loop Trail is open every day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Huckleberry Trail

The Huckleberry Trail is a rail trail that stretches from the Jefferson National Forest situated north of Blacksburg to the Christiansburg Recreation Center. The 13.75-mile trail is managed by the nonprofit organization Friends of the Huckleberry. Its mission is to promote and expand the Huckleberry Trail. Running through Merrimac, the Coal Mining Heritage Park and Loop Trail can be found at mile five of the trail. Visitors can enjoy a leisure walk on the Huckleberry Trail or use it as a way to commute to work on a bicycle.

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