THE APPOMATTOX RIVER TRAIL & PARK SYSTEM IS A DEVELOPING 25-MILE BLUEWAY-GREENWAY
The Appomattox River Trail winds through 6 communities in South Central Virginia: Chesterfield County, Dinwiddie County, Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Prince George County, and Hopewell, from the Brasfield Dam at Lake Chesdin to the confluence of the James River. This blueway-greenway includes a network of bicycle-pedestrian paths, 16 riverside parks, 11 historical sites, 8 boat access points, and 3 marinas. Our vision is to unify the region with coordinated wayfinding signage on water and land as we develop each section.
We believe the Appomattox River Trail is a path to physical and mental wellness, environmental conservation, and economic prosperity for the entire Tri-Cities region of Virginia. Designed for active transportation and outdoor recreation, the Appomattox River Trail greenway offers a diverse array of connections, linking residents and visitors to nature, rural wilderness, historic downtowns, jobs, schools, shopping, restaurants, parks, and so much more. With over 5 miles on the ground, the Trail system is already bolstering the quality of life in the Tri-Cities region.
Guided by a Master Plan adopted in 2017, FOLAR works in collaboration with local and state government, foundations, individual donors, landowners, engineering firms, construction firms, environmental and outdoor recreation groups, nonprofit organizations, and the public to bring the vision to life.
As we develop the trail system, we measure trail usage with TRAFx infrared trail counters and semiannual volunteer trail counts. FOLAR sends that data to VDOT for their interactive Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Network map.