Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

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The Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail runs for 6.9 miles between Route 151 in Piney River, crosses over the Naked Creek Bridge, then carries on to pass beneath US 29 and ends at Tye Depot. Note that there is no exit at the south (Tye Depot) end of the trail, so trail-goers will need to turn around.

The trail follows a scenic route along the Piney and Tye rivers, where wildflowers bloom from spring through summer and wildlife abounds. During the autumn hunting season, trail users should wear blaze orange clothing.

The trail occupies the rail bed of the former Virginia Blue Ridge Railway, which ran from Tye River Depot (to interchange with the Southern Railway) to Massies Mill. Construction started in 1915 and the line was abandoned in 1980.

Portable toilets are available at the Piney River trailhead. You can also access the trail at Roses Mill. The trail is open between sunrise and sunset.

Parking and Trail Access

To access the Piney River trailhead, take US 29 to State Route 56 west at Colleen; turn right onto SR 56, and travel 5 miles to turn left onto SR 151. After 2 miles you'll see the trailhead sign on left (3124 Patrick Henry Highway, Piney River). Parking for cars and horse trailers is available.

To access the Roses Mill trailhead, take US 29 to SR 56 west at Colleen; turn right onto SR 56 and go abut 4 miles to left turn onto Roses Mill Road/SR 674). The trailhead is about 1.4 miles farther (around milepost 1.8 of the trail).

Reviews

Beautiful hidden gem of a trail.

   July, 2014 by Coolbeans4me

We rode this trail earlier this month and for such a short trail, it was fun, next to the water and beautiful. If you're nearby, this is definitely one of the nicest rail-trails around. read more

Nice trail meandering along a river. Benches are spaced occasionally for R&R. Tons of breweries nearby for afterwards.

   July, 2014 by hatesfreedom

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Great morning!!

   July, 2014 by one cent

Totally loved this trail and will be doing it again! It was one of the best rides I've ever taken on a public trail. Did it during the week so it wasn't crowded - only passed three couples on my ride. No major hills and excellent for beginners and families ...read more