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RECREATION PLANNING

Beaches to Bluegrass Trail

This statewide trail will stretch west to east from the Cumberland Plateau to the Chesapeake Bay. Comprised of many trails existing or underway, this network will connect the mountains to the sea and stimulate ecotourism across southern Virginia. Learn more about the proposed trail.

The trail on the Eastern Shore now begins across from Kiptopeke State Park where a three-mile section of rail to trail is under construction. Bicycles aren't allowed on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, but a van shuttle is available for a fee. Call (757) 331-2960 ahead of time.

The trail through Hampton Roads is still under development, but the proposed Multi-City Trail will span southside Hampton Roads from downtown Suffolk to the Virginia Beach oceanfront. The route will be formed from these planned or proposed trail projects in Suffolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk and Virginia Beach:

  • Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail
  • Commonwealth Rail to Trail - Chesapeake and Portsmouth; proposed
  • Elizabeth River Trail - Norfolk; proposed extension from Harbor Park eastward and northward
  • Virginia Beach Trail - Virginia Beach; proposed for abandoned Norfolk Southern rail corridor

The proposed Tobacco Heritage Trail will form the central piece of this trail network, with its multipurpose rail to trail through Brunswick, Mecklenburg and Halifax counties.

This system will connect to the Danville Riverwalk Trail.

From Danville, the trail will tie into other land and water trails in Virginia and North Carolina. These trails include the Smith River Trail, being developed in part by the Dan River Basin Association.

Passing by Fairy Stone State Park and along the Philpot Reservoir, the trail will continue west to tie into a portion of New River Trail State Park and Grayson Highlands State Park.

Work underway in Southwest Virginia by the Southwest Regional Recreation Authority will help define the route west of the Virginia Creeper Trail. The trail in Virginia will end at Wilderness Road State Park.