Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

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The Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail offers a quintessential rail-trail experience in central Virginia, midway between Lynchburg and Charlottesville (less than an hour’s drive from each). The trail is an easy, picturesque ride through a beautiful, natural setting with plentiful opportunities to see unique historical sites. The Piney and Tye rivers are constant companions, and you’ll cross five bridges on the seven-mile route, including a photo-worthy covered bridge at Naked Creek.

Begin your journey at the northern trailhead in Piney River, where a renovated depot serves as a visitor center and there is a new Historic Railroad Park to explore. The rail bed on which the rail-trail now rests was originally built in 1915 to haul timber to local mills. Along your journey, you’ll see other relics of this past, such as rail cars and a railroad weighing scale on display. The trail ends at the Tye River Depot, but note that there is no exit at this southern end; trail-goers will need to turn around and head back to Piney River.

The trail is primarily crushed stone and much of the way is wooded, offering a cool respite even during the hot summer months. White-tailed deer and other wildlife are plentiful and, during the autumn hunting season, trail users should wear blaze-orange clothing. The trail also passes through farm country and open fields. Come in the spring to see wildflowers sprinkling color into the lush green backdrop.

Parking and Trail Access

To access the Piney River trailhead (at 3124 Patrick Henry Highway), 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, as well as portable toilets.

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).


Exactly what we wanted/needed

   September, 2015 by ajstumpdds

We entered via the Piney River Trailhead. Nice trail - Flat, Easy cycling, Nice river views, well maintained.I think our favorite part was riding next to a farm with beautiful rolling hills and cows (picture perfect bucolic setting). We went with our more

Gem of a trail!

   August, 2015 by rljuva

Heard good things so I biked all (14) miles this morning in about an hour. I loved it and can't recommend highly enough. Very easy trail to walk, run or bike and in awesome condition. Some amazing vistas and photo spots so take the camera if you like. more

Great Ride

   June, 2015 by ljroth23

My wife and I rode the trail June 20 in hot humid conditions. Out side of the weather the ride was great. From mile marker 2 to marker 2.75 there is no need to peddle. In our excitement we never thought about the uphill peddle in our return. The grade more