Virginia Central Railway (Fredericksburg)

Virginia Central Railway (Fredericksburg)

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Fredericksburg, Virginia

Virginia Central Railway (Fredericksburg) is a 10.5 kilometer 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.

Length10.5 kmElevation gain68 mRoute 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 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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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 10, 2022
Walking

Awesome trail. Some downed trees but it made for a good time!

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WalkingGreat!

Really like the trail. Only walked 1/2 because of time….can’t wait to do the whole thing.

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Hiking

It was a great trail, crossing some of the streets can be a little perilous but overall it was fun and easy to walk

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Bike touring

Nice trail for e-bikes. Shady also.

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Hiking

Paved and mostly flat all the way. Some areas are wide open exposed to the sun. Currently there are some construction going on in two areas next to the trail that detract from the walking in nature experience but the rest of the trail is quite wonderful and connects to a park were a little river goes by.

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Mountain biking

Easy

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it was a nice easy walking trail. I was walking on a healing broken foot and was able to walk it without any problems. there were benches for resting on more often than I needed them. The trail "ended" at a water crossing and continued on as a traditional wooded trail beyond it. Our group was not dressed for crossing water (and I couldn't "off road" without further injury) so we decided to stop at the end of the paved path and head back, making it a 5.5 mile hike. Definitely a hike we would do again. Even the 4 year old made it the whole way without tiring out.

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Road biking

this is a nice paved bike/walk/run trail. The map is not currently correct, because the unpaved section has not yet started constructuon. There is currently a good amount of construction along the section of trail between the beginning of trail and Alum Springs park. if you are walking, you might just park there and run to the end (turn right out of the park onto trail). However, for longer trips, you can connect (via a few streets through downtown) with the canal path along the Rappahannock River.

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Hiking

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

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Hiking

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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Hiking

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

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WalkingGreat!

Great easy nature walk

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Hiking

Great walk on a crisp fall morning!

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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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Hiking

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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Hiking

Had to walk trail connections

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Running

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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Hiking

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

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Hiking

Excellent trail for a walk, run, or bike.

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Hiking

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

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Hiking

A nice paved walkway.

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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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Walking
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Road biking
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