Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail

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The Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail (DRHT) is currently a private-use trail only, which means a permit is required to use it. Friends of the DRHT are working to create public access to the trail, which traverses scenic forested landscape abounding with wildlife in Virginia's Northern Neck.

The rail-trail follows the route of the old Dahlgren Branch Line from Dahlgren Naval Surface Warfare Center west toward Fredericksburg. Currently, horses are no allowed on the trail but Friends of the DRHT hope to secure permission one day.

For more information, contact Friends of the DRHT.

Parking and Trail Access

For parking and access information, visit the Friends of the DRHT map page, and click on the links to each of the three trail sections.


mosquito heaven

   August, 2016 by douglas.alcorn.7

Did the trail Fri July 29 at noon. Rough trail, best for walking. Got 1/2 mile into the woods and there were enough mosquitoes to pick me up and carry me away. Covered myself with OFF, but still bugs so thick it was not pleasant. Would be great for ...read more

Best for Hiking or Mountain Biking

   July, 2016 by bertrock

This trail may one day be an excellent trail but seems to be fairly young and hasn't been improved too much yet. There are many railroad ties that haven't been removed although they only stick up a bit from the surface. The stones used on the trail are ...read more

pleasant trail!

   June, 2015 by perrywinkletiger

Mostly flat and wide dirt/rock/sand trail. Did the sheetz side of it after a lot of rain. Very green and had a couple mud spots but nothing challenging. There is a weird part on the east end of the trail that has you cross a road but it's not a busy one. ...read more