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Virginia’s Rails to Trails

by Casey | Posted on September 14th, 2012

From rugged mountainous terrain to calm coastal flatlands, Virginia has no shortage of cycling options with amazing scenery.

Virginia Creeper Trail

Virginia Creeper Trail

For a less physical way to bike and enjoy the fall foliage, check out one of Virginiaā€™s rails-to-trails routes where old railroad grades have been converted into multi-use recreation trails that are perfect for scenic, peaceful pedaling.

TheĀ Tobacco Heritage TrailĀ is an ambitious project that will eventually be more than 170 miles long and encompass six counties. Completed sections of the trail can be accessed in La Crosse, Brodnax and Lawrenceville. In Victoria two miles of the trail is complete. (map)

Virginia Blue RidgeĀ Railway Trail meanders through the countryside in Nelson and Amherst counties in Central Virginia, affording views of rolling hills and farms as well as the river, where little evidence of civilization meets the eye.

Perhaps Virginia’s most well-known rails-to-trails effort is theĀ Virginia Creeper TrailĀ in the southwest. It’s 34.3 miles of varying climates thanks to the mountainous altitude. Bike rentals and shuttle service are available along the way in Abingdon, Damascus and Whitetop.

High Bridge Trail State Park

High Bridge Trail State Park

Guest River GorgeĀ TrailĀ in Southwest Virginia follows an old railroad right of way paralleling the Guest River, a Virginia Scenic River. Millions of years ago the Guest River eroded a passage through Stone Mountain on its way to join the Clinch River. Cutting through massive rock, it opened a deep rock corridor that is a scenic wonder. Other sights along the trail include an old railroad tunnel, bridges using the remaining railroad trestles, waterfalls and rock outcroppings.

High Bridge TrailĀ StateĀ ParkĀ  is a multi-use trail ideally suited for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Its centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 160 feet above the Appomattox River.

More trails for a great fall excursion:

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Fall in Virginia, Outdoors | 2 Comments

2 Responses to “Virginia’s Rails to Trails”

  1. Sherrie Mercurio says:

    would love to know where I get the picture of the mountains you are using on the background of this website please. we only get to see a small glimpse while the page loads. thanks