Appomattox River Trail and Signage Master Plan




PLAN Links (Click on title below):

ART Master Plan Part I-Front Sections 1 – 4

ART Master Plan Part I-Appendices A – F

ART Master Plan Part II Signage-Final-entire

Hopewell and Petersburg Neighborhood Trail Access (NTA) Plan

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE NEW! 2020 Appomattox River Trail Master Plan Phasing Map


This map is for planning purposes only. Much of the Trail is a proposed route that is not completed or passable for walking or biking. Most of the usable route is connected to park trailheads which can be found on the Access page of this website. Please use caution at all times when on the Trail.

The Appomattox River Trail (ART) Master Plan is a guide to locating and prioritizing shared-use trails with a coordinated signage system through the six municipalities that border the lower Appomattox River. The area encompasses the counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George, and the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg. The document is presented in two parts. Part I focuses on the trail plan, and Part II focuses on the corresponding signage plan – a unique aspect of the project. The planned trail and signage offer walkers and cyclists safe, enjoyable connections to recreational opportunities, greenspace and nature, as well as connections to historic sites and structures, businesses, jobs, schools and transit.

The ART Master Plan was developed through a $100,000 proactive grant from The Cameron Foundation, and with the combined efforts of FOLAR and two consulting design companies – Land Planning and Design Associates as well as AB Design – along with significant input from regional stakeholders and the public. 


Through a grant from the Crater Health District (CHD) under the Virginia Department of Health,  FOLAR was able to expand the the scope of the Appomattox River Trail planning project to include more engagement with Hopewell and Petersburg residents. The expanded scope focuses on neighborhoods along the river in the Cities of Hopewell and Petersburg  in order to help provide increased opportunities for residents to add more physical activity into their daily routines.

Presentation Link:
Building the A.R.T. – A World Class Trail System 


Link: Read the Master Plan PRESS RELEASE 

Resolutions and Letters of Support


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Wendy Austin, FOLAR Executive Director at

Pictured above: Colonial Heights Appomattox River Trail. Photo by John Rooney, Jr.