Trail system along Appomattox Asset to area

Trail system along Appomattox River a key asset to the area
0 Comments | Progress – Index, The; Petersburg, Va., Oct 12, 2008
Volunteers and local governments are banding together in a large effort to turn the Appomattox River into a key recreational asset in the Tri-Cities.

From the George F. Brasfield dam to the confluence of the Appomattox and the James rivers work has been ongoing to develop a 22.8 mile trail.

When completed residents of the area will have the ability to either bike, walk, canoe or kayak the length of the trail through Dinwiddie, Chesterfield, Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Prince George and Hopewell.

Much of the work on the trail to this point has been carried out by volunteers working with the Friends Of the Lower Appomattox River, or FOLAR, to help make the green and blue trail.

The cities of Colonial Heights and Petersburg have also been key players in getting the river project on track.

In Colonial Heights, city officials and others have launched the Colonial Heights Appomattox River Trail System. The system not only includes trails, but parks, boat and kayak/canoe launches, observatory points, restrooms, picnic areas and other facilities.

The ambitious project is being done in three phases and will come with a price tag of about $1.9 million, far above the original estimate of about $600,000. Construction of the trail has already begun. On National Trails Day in June, city employees and volunteers covered 450 feet of the future trail with a stone base. The two- miles of trail and facilities is expected to be finished by 2012.

In Petersburg, there are about 8 miles of walkable trails in the city from the dam to Squaw Alley and about another mile on Pocahontas Island. Petersburg has one of the longest portions of the trail.