East Coast Greenway in Virginia

the East Coast Greenway has two routes in Virginia, south of Richmond
the East Coast Greenway has two routes in Virginia, south of Richmond
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The East Coast Greenway was 20% completed in Virginia in 2020. The trail splits in Virginia at Richmond, with branches going southwest into the Piedmont and east into the Coasal Plain.

the East Coast Greenway splits in downtown Richmond
the East Coast Greenway splits in downtown Richmond
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South of Richmond, the "spine route" goes to Petersburg and then southwest to cross the Roanoke River at Clarksville. The "Historic Coastal Route" goes 50 miles east from Richmond to Williamsburg, via the Capital Trail. Within Virginia, there are 287 miles on the "spine route" and 139 miles on the Historic Coastal Route. The two branches reunite at Wilmington, North Carolina.

the spine route of the East Coast Greenway connects Richmond, via Clarksville, to Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina
the spine route of the East Coast Greenway connects Richmond, via Clarksville, to Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina
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At Jamestown, the Historic Coastal Route crosses the James River and links to Suffolk. From there the branch of the East Coast Greenway goes through the City of Chesapeake and down the Dismal Swamp Trail.1

the Historic Coastal Route of the East Coast Greenway (red line) passes down the east side of Dismal Swamp
the Historic Coastal Route of the East Coast Greenway (red line) passes down the east side of Dismal Swamp
the Historic Coastal Route of the East Coast Greenway (red line) passes down the east side of Dismal Swamp
Source: Hampton Roads Geospatial Exchange Online (HRGEO), East Coast Greenway

In Northern Virginia, the greenway route originally followed a road south of the Occoquan River. A new stretch of trail was built in 2020 through Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the county-owned Veterans Park.

the East Coast Greenway route in northern Prince William County, before completion of the stretch through the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge
the East Coast Greenway route in northern Prince William County, before completion of the stretch through the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Source: East Coast Greenway

Recreational Trails in Virginia

Links

References

1. East Coast Greenway map, https://map.greenway.org/?loc=7,35.56798,-77.86011; "Virginia," East Coast Greenway, https://www.greenway.org/states/virginia (last checked August 27, 2020)


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