Virginia Central Railway (Fredericksburg)

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Fredericksburg, Virginia

Virginia Central Railway (Fredericksburg) is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fredericksburg, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, nature trips, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.5 miElevation gain223 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyNature tripsRoad bikingWalkingRunningForestPavedRails trailsRiverViewsCity walk
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The trailhead starts in downtown Fredericksburg in close proximity to the train station. Parking available at the corner of Essex St. and Cobblestone Circle. The path is paved and easily accessible for all. You cross both Route 3 and Route 1 with traffic control. The first mile is within the city, but shortly after crossing Rt 3 it enters a wooded area that parallels a stream with three bridge crossing. At the 1.5 mile mark you reach Alum Springs Park where restrooms are available. At the end of the trail there are two options. One takes you up to a local neighborhood the other is unimproved and goes approximately 0.6 miles. Accessibility: There is one designated accessible space in the small paved parking lot off of Essex Street at the northeast end of the trail. It is van-accessible with a striped access aisle. The trail surface is paved with asphalt, cement, or wooden boardwalk, and typically at least 6 feet wide. There is a painted dividing line along the trail which reduces the width. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (5% or less) except for moderately steep to steep (6-12%) uphill and downhill sections at about 0.5 through 0.7, 1.5, 1.8, and 2.1 miles when going southwest. Trail goers/hikers using wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers may need assistance in the steeper sections or to avoid them for safety. There are benches along the route for resting.

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Phil F
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Paved. Easy trail for talking and not watching your step.

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stefanie jarrell
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If you just want to get out and walk, take the dog for a walk or the kiddos on their bikes, this trail is fine. It’s paved and smooth (although right now very icy in spots) and well marked. If you want to get out in nature, this is not the trail for you. It skirts construction sites, industrial areas, a used car lot and lots of houses and apartments. You are never out of view of a dwelling of some sort. You have to cross two major roads as well. But the wooded part is pleasant and there is a nice creek to look at. Right now good rough soles shoes are necessary for the ice.. in the summer you could walk this in flip flops most likely.

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Sharon Thomas
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Nice paved bike path. Few people out in the cold & ice.

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Micci B
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Great easy nature walk

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Jason Aupied
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Great walk on a crisp fall morning!

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Luz B Torres
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Marc C
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Holly Ritchey
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WalkingGreat!

I went from the park down to the end this weekend and it wasn’t too busy.

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Tracy L
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The part of the trail from Idlewild to Alum Springs is nice, but the next section is by construction and then you’d have to cross Blue Gray Parkway to get to downtown. The traffic by Blue Gray Parkway made my dog too nervous and the scenery there wasn’t great so we turned around and headed back. The trail wasn’t crowded and the cyclists were nice and called out when they were going to pass on the left. I’d do the Idlewild to Alum Springs section again.

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Lauren Chartier
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Quiet paved trail, first half was through a neighborhood and industrial park. Some stench and air pollution due to construction but rewarding on the other side. The latter half was gorgeous in the fall, lots of colorful deciduous trees. Some gradual hills but mostly flat. And if it’s your thing, many awesome coffee shops near to the trailhead in downtown FXBG.

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jason rillings
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Not bad. Would be a good run. Construction on 1/4 of the trail

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Chad Jones
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Excellent trail for a walk, run, or bike.

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Marc C
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Alum Springs to the "Train" at mile 0 and back again. 3.0 miles.

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Matthew Adinolfi
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A nice paved walkway.

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Al Shoupe
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Trailhead starts in downtown Fredericksburg in close proximity to the train station. Parking available at the corner of Essex St. and Cobblestone Circle. The path is paved and easily accessible for all. You cross both Route 3 and Route 1 with traffic control. The first mile is within the city, but shortly after crossing Rt 3 it enters a wooded area that parallels a stream with three bridge crossing. At the 1.5 mile mark you reach Alum Springs Park where restrooms are available. At the end of the trail there are two options. One takes you up to a local neighborhood the other is unimproved and goes approximately 0.6 miles.

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Chris Robbins
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William Sattler
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James Kemp
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Jaime Filbert
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Adam Nelson
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Delroy McDonald
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Alexis Johnson
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Delroy McDonald
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Delroy McDonald
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Delroy McDonald
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Delroy McDonald
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Tracy Ishee
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Alfredo Ebba
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Tracy Ishee
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Alfredo Ebba
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