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 end at Tye Depot. 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 Trail, 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).
Casual ride, nice scenery
We began our ride from the trailhead at Piney River. This was a very nice ride with changing scenery the whole way, river on one side, farms on the other. Most of the trail follows along the Tye River, sometimes on the left, sometimes on the right. There ...
My first rails to trails trip in a long time and it was great! Beautiful,lush scenery and trail in good shape. Really enjoyed the route along the rivers and the railway relics displayed in 2 spots. At the trail end one should step around the gate and ...
Wonderful Ride and Picnic
Had a wonderful midday family bike ride and picnic by the river. I wish there were picnic tables on the section east of Rose Mill Rd, but other than that the trail was beautiful and easy riding, even for are daughter (11). We will definitely be going ...