Rappahannock River Trail

MODERATE 75 reviews

Rappahannock River Trail is a 8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Fredericksburg, Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

8.0 miles
393 feet

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers




over grown

Miles and miles of trails that follow the Rappahanock River and surround the rock quarry. There's a tunnel that goes under I-95, trails made of logs, nice over look points, and cardiac uphills. Not a very fast trail, but technical at times with a lot of roots, rocks, and drainage problems.

4 days ago

not too bad of a trail for my first hike. definitely looking forward to my next adventure

5 days ago

A great dirt trail along the river. There are a few places ideal to take a break and wade in the river or just sit on the larger rocks.

25 days ago

A lot of easy and flat but also some more technical sections with a couple of climbs.

1 month ago

Easy and scenic hiking for two amateurs. Missed most of the fall foliage but still beautiful.

mountain biking
6 months ago

6 months ago

7 months ago

Nicely marked, lots of shade, & access to the river.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Wonderful time spent on the Rappahannock River Trail. We did the asphalt loop and then ventured off down the hard packed gravel road along side of the Virginia Outdoor Center to the trail head. We were able to squeeze out 10.42 miles in just a few hours and we didn't even hit all the trails. Very well maintained trails that we rode and enjoyed every moment! They had gotten a little rain the night before but it was manageable. Kudos to those who maintain this system because it's a gem! We'll be back...Thanks

8 months ago


8 months ago

Fun trail. make sure to read other reviews on where to find the entrance but a nice trail to walk. Called for rain so very little traffic for us. Nice washed out rocks to sit on along the river. Def will be my local trail to hit on the reg.

10 months ago

Great paved trail with opportunities to go off into unpaved trail areas. Beautiful views of the river on the south side of the bridge where the current is much stronger. Great trail my kids enjoy and the location is wonderful for families with Old Mill Park nearby.

11 months ago

Easy way to get away from it all as it's close to downtown. Very little incline unless you break into the woods at the far west end, so great for people with bad knees. Path will be mostly muddy with slight rain in area.

I've done this trail a handful of times and I love the sound of the river makes this feel like you're further away from town.

The trail has quite a few bikers and it gets narrow at times, so beware.

For the full experience, start out by parking in small parking lot at corner of Fall Hill and Normandy. There is a paved path that takes you under Fall Hill road where you can walk over to tubing/kayak company. Stay on gravel/dirt road on left side of those businesses for about a half mile with the canal water on your left. You will go through some gates made of one bar and hit the trail portion at a circular clearing.

trail running
Sunday, January 01, 2017

A very nice trail for a quick 8 mile run!

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Enjoy this trail!!!

Monday, November 14, 2016

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!

Monday, November 07, 2016

Very clean and safe, lots of bikes and people. Interesting geocaches and lots of birds

Friday, September 09, 2016

Fantastic running trail! Super tough on some of the uphill portions but great views. Definitely watch out for bicycles.

Monday, September 05, 2016

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.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Wasn't crowded. Single pass trails. Stay alert for bikers!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Had a great time on the trail this morning. I walked 6 of the eight miles nice views of the river all the way through.

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