Explore the best trails near Fredericksburg with detailed reviews, photos, trail maps, and driving directions curated by hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Absolutely LOVE these trails! Myself and my husband have been running these trails for years and there are far more than the 8 miles of trails listed. These trails are the very best is the Fredericksburg area, there are nice easy trails for beginners along the river, and much harder trails with good incline throughout the trails by simply heading "left" off the main river trail. I'm pretty sure this All Trails website is incorrect though, pretty certain these trails are not horse friendly... I wish they were!
So romantic at around 9am. Very quiet and peaceful and not at all very crowded. The trails were actually pretty easy with a few steep hills. They are marked very well by color. The property also has many areas to sit and enjoy nature, it seems prefect for bird watchers.
Kim O. on Canal Park Trail
Trail isn't in Pratt Park. As stated before it is actually 2 trails that make a 3.4 mile loop. Can be busy depending on the time of day you use it. Watch the bicyclists as they make wide turns when crossing bridges and entering the trail and they give no warning they are behind and passing you.
This is actually two trails connected to make a loop trail. It is the Canal Path trail and Heritage trail combined to make a 3.4 mile paved trail. You can park down near the river and go west along the river, the heritage trail connects with Canal Path trail just under the bridge under Fall Hill Ave. Back at the end of the trail you cross two fairly busy streets to get back to the river.
The beginning from Old Mill park is an easy paved trail. Great for walking/running/rollerblading/scootering/strollers and easy bike riding. Too many people for avid cyclists to get any real speed. The trail splits from the Heritage Trail after the Rappahannock River Center. If you follow the Heritage Trail it stays paved as above, if you follow the river trail it is unpaved single track great for hiking/trail running/off-road cycling.
I had a wonderful morning hiking six of the eight miles on the Rappahannock River trail. Most of the trail offered splendid views of the river with some very close to the water. I saw a Blue Heron sitting quietly on a rock and at a small movement of mine the big bird swooped off down the river. I started my hike at the Virginia Outdoor Center where the Friends of the Rappahannock are on Fall Hill Avenue and eventually got on the river trail when I reached a quarry. There was some road construction on Fall Hill Ave and it wasn't easy to find the beginning of the trail as marked at All Trails. I parked on a side street just across from the Friends off of Fall Hill Ave and I think it was Normandy Avenue. As I was making my way up to the quarry I came upon a sign that said the trail was closed because a bridge was out but I just walked around to left and was able to continue up to the quarry. I did the hike in August and was out on the trail by 7:30 A.M in order to escape the high temperatures that would arrive later in the morning. I would definitely do this hike again because I love river hikes. During my hike I only saw one other person who was cycling.
Easy paved walking path through downtown Fredericksburg. For anyone bringing pets or small children, most of the path is not shaded by trees and there are a few foot bridges made of synthetic materials that looked like they got very hot (too hot for a dog's paws).
Along the trail were placards marking what was going on during the battle which was nice to help visualize how it all happened! The battlefield itself was different as I grew up near Gettysburg and am used to the high number of monuments there, but it was refreshing to visit a battlefield that had less of those and more of a natural appearance.