Timberlake, VA Birding Trails and Maps

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Length
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Chessie Nature Trail

7 mi
State: VA
Dirt, Gravel

Craig County Greenway Trail

0.95 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail

1.7 mi
State: VA
Gravel

High Bridge Trail State Park

31.4 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

James River Foot Bridge

0.12 mi
State: VA
Boardwalk

James River Heritage Trail

10.1 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Dirt, Woodchips

Lick Run Greenway

4.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Mason Creek Greenway

1.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Mill Mountain Greenway

3.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Mud Lick Creek Greenway

0.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Murray Run Greenway

1.9 mi
State: VA
Cinder, Concrete, Dirt, Woodchips

Richmond and Danville Rail-Trail

5.5 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

Roanoke River Greenway

13.6 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Staunton River Battlefield Rail-Trail

1.25 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

Tinker Creek Greenway

1.3 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Tobacco Heritage Trail

22.1 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

6.9 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Wolf Creek Greenway

2.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Cinder, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Chessie Nature Trail travels through breathtaking rural Virginia countryside, following mile markers left behind by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad that ran this route. Dont be surprised if you...
VA 7 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Greenway Trail is a one-mile path of finely crushed limestone that is located just outside of New Castle. The trail runs mostly on Craigs Creek Road (VA-615), but starts at a kiosk mimicing a...
VA 0.95 mi Crushed Stone
Opened in 1999, the Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail in Salem (just outside of Roanoke) is associated with Southern Virginia's impressive Civil War history. The northern trailhead at Hanging Rock was...
VA 1.7 mi Gravel
The central feature for which the High Bridge Trail State Park is named is an unforgettable experience, towering 125 feet above the mighty Appomattox River and nearly a half-mile (2,440 feet) across...
VA 31.4 mi Crushed Stone
The James River Foot Bridge carries the Appalachian Trail over the James River in Snowden, Virginia, approximately 20 miles northwest of Lynchburg. The bridge was built on the piers of a demolished...
VA 0.12 mi Boardwalk
The James River Heritage Trail in the Blackwater Creek Natural Area is one of the premier urban trails in the state, passing through lush forest as well as the heart of historic, industrial downtown...
VA 10.1 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Woodchips
Lick Run Greenway begins in downtown Roanoke and heads north just over 4 miles to end between Huff Lane Park and Valley View Mall. Along the way, the paved pathway traverses two parks: Washington Park...
VA 4.2 mi Asphalt
The Mason Creek Greenway Trail follows its namesake creek closely, stretching for over a mile. The trail starts on Roanoke Boulevard and heads north, sliding between an office complex and a mobile...
VA 1.2 mi Asphalt
The Mill Mountain Greenway provides residents and visitors to Roanoke with a nice connection from the city's downtown to Mill Mountain Park. Within the park, you can explore numerous hiking trails,...
VA 3.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The trail is known as the Mud Lick Creek Greenway trail since it follows the route of the nearby waterway. Alternatively, some folks refer to it as the Garst Mill Park Greenway, after the park whose...
VA 0.5 mi Asphalt
The Murray Run Greenway winds through a section of the City of Roanoke. The greenway trail is multipurpose, with a varying surface of cinder, woodchips and concrete sidewalk. The width of the trail...
VA 1.9 mi Cinder, Concrete, Dirt, Woodchips
Closure Notice: In October 2018, Tropical Storm Michael caused a large portion of the trail to wash out. Sections of the trail have since closed to undergo repairs, estimated to be completed by the...
VA 5.5 mi Crushed Stone
The Roanoke River Greenway will one day span 25 miles between Roanoke and Salem along its namesake waterway. Currently, much of the paved pathway is already in place and runs through a wide variety of...
VA 13.6 mi Asphalt
The Staunton River Battlefield Rail-Trail crosses through the state park battlefield of the same name in rural south-central Virginia. The gravel trail follows an abandoned corridor of the old...
VA 1.25 mi Crushed Stone
The Tinker Creek Greenway winds through Roanoke's east end from Fallon Park to just over a mile southeast. Along your journey, you'll be closely paralleling the pleasantly wooded Tinker...
VA 1.3 mi Asphalt
The Tobacco Heritage Trail currently runs in a continuous, off-road 17-mile stretch between the southern Virginia communities of Lawrenceville, Brodnax and La Crosse. Along the way, trail-goers can...
VA 22.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Closure notice: Starting in August 2020 and continuing as of January 2021, the Piney River Trailhead will be subject to ongoing closures due to nearby environmental cleanup work. Please use the Rose...
VA 6.9 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The Wolf Creek Greenway follows its namesake waterway for two miles through Vinton on the outskirts of Roanoke in western Virginia. Its surface is mostly cinder and gravel with a few short asphalt...
VA 2.2 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Gravel

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Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

Worthwhile historical Railway Trail Experience - Bike, Hike or Run (6.5+ One Way)

September, 2021 by neschultz3

Checked out trail while in the area with our single speed fatties and throughly enjoyed the Ride. Access to the trail is limited to the Piney River and Rose Mill trailheads and not the far western end point. Getting to the end point from Piney River was a smooth roll that goes along and across the River. Very nice bridges and shaded hard-packed surfaces. Trail was frequented by more runners than cyclists during the Saturday morning I was there. Nice place for a long run. Everyone knew to move the right and we pedaled single file. Didn't see any horses, but that could have been entirely possible.
Discovered many interesting historical events about the area and why this was built. This place is a gem. Short, sweet and easy 75 minute ride for the wife and I. Slightly off the beaten path. I'd stop there again.

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

Worthwhile historical Railway Trail Experience - Bike, Hike or Run (6.5+ One Way)

September, 2021 by neschultz3

Checked out trail while in the area with our single speed fatties and throughly enjoyed the Ride. Access to the trail is limited to the Piney River and Rose Mill trailheads and not the far western end point. Getting to the end point from Piney River was a smooth roll that goes along and across the River. Very nice bridges and shaded hard-packed surfaces. Trail was frequented by more runners than cyclists during the Saturday morning I was there. Nice place for a long run. Everyone knew to move the right and we pedaled single file. Didn't see any horses, but that could have been entirely possible.
Discovered many interesting historical events about the area and why this was built. This place is a gem. Short, sweet and easy 75 minute ride for the wife and I. Slightly off the beaten path. I'd stop there again.

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

great family trail ride

August, 2021 by tom.joy

Rode part of this trail with the grands on Sunday. There have been great improvements! Especially the restroom at the Rose Mill parking area - running water and flush toilet! There had been areas in the first few miles that would wash out after a rain and these have all been fixed!!

Accordion

High Bridge Trail State Park

Well Maintained

August, 2021 by danaprn

We took our e-bikes last week (Aug ‘21) and it wasn’t crowded at all. Rode from Farmville over the bridge and to one end. It ends quite abruptly. I would have given 5 stars if the amenities on the trail spurs would have been identified on signs. We will definitely return to bike the other half and back (30 miles). Great free parking, too!

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

Good Ride

August, 2021 by n8shaw

Very nice trail. Only the first few hundred feet are paved and then it turns to crushed stone. Very level, for the most part, with small inclines and declines. There is one bridge where the boards are laid sideways at an angle that is very bumpy, but otherwise the trail is very smooth. The only complaint I have is that, while there are numerous benches and places to take a rest, there are only a couple that provide good river access, especially from mile 3 to the end.

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

Great trail for families

July, 2021 by jcasaregola

Great trail for families as it is very flat, has pretty scenery plus a covered bridge and an old railcar at the start. Decent parking at the beginning of trail. Trail seemed well maintained.

Chessie Nature Trail

Go With An Open Mind....

June, 2021 by rljuva

We biked the trail yesterday from Buena Vista to Lexington and back. From prior reviews we knew about the gates, cows, etc. I recall maybe (8) gates but they all self-close and easy to stop and open. Gates are not common on most trails we ride but these really aren’t a big deal so don’t let this stop you. And riding by the cows is pretty cool. Obviously a bad storm happened the day or two before as lots of debris on the trail. That should be cleared in a few days so again, no big deal. The bridge is still out and from the looks of things, will be for some time. There is a detour but proper signage is non-existent. This is the real reason I only gave three stars. Neither side of the bridge properly directs bikers on and off the trail. We eventually figured it out but the detour requires pushing bikes up short hills, riding slowly/walking your bike down a steep graveled hill and roughly a half-mile ride on the main road that has a pretty steep incline on both sides of the bridge. I would have given a 2-Star rating due to the poor detour signage and debris but I know many people work hard on these trails and this one deserves a second or third chance. Beautiful area and a trail that has tons of potential.

High Bridge Trail State Park

High Bridge Adventure

June, 2021 by sandymo

We took our tandem 29er out and back both ways from Farmville. As others have said, the main attraction is the High Bridge, and its great. The trail is very well maintained and has plenty of bathrooms along the way...but as others have said, not a lot of places to get water. Make sure you have plenty, especially on these 90° days. Much of the trail is shaded so that’s a plus. Except for the bridge, it’s probably not a destination trail yet as there’s not much in the way of places to stop along the trail. Still, it’s a great place to get some miles. Some have mentioned the crowds but we saw none of that on a Sunday.

Richmond and Danville Rail-Trail

Good Trail

May, 2021 by hammell_joseph

Great trail for family walking, running, biking. It’s wide clear trail, I left one star off as the bridge is supposedly out and there are barriers that keep you from crossing. Otherwise, it is still a good spot for some outdoor exercise.

Chessie Nature Trail

A great ride!

May, 2021 by rconnelly_tl

That’s a great ride when it’s dry! You do encounter some gates but they are all self closing and not that much trouble even on a bike. It’s very scenic and has great views of the river. I would recommend it. We rode it from Lexington to the end and back. for on 14 miles

Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail

Easy trail for walking and casual running

May, 2021 by rlk_tl

While not long, this trail makes for a nice 4-mile run if you add the dead-end street past the North Trail Head parking lot. For even a longer, more challenging run, you can follow the signs to Hinchee Trail at the North End. That trail goes up for 2 miles until it reaches Carvin's Cove

My daughters and I like the surface of the Battlefield Trail, and it is great for a recovery run or a short tempo run. There are a couple of running groups that start at the Brewery parking lot: one at 4:15 am on Wednesday mornings and another at 5:45 pm Tuesday afternoons.

This is also a great trail for walking, especially for families to enjoy together and even biking for children.

Tobacco Heritage Trail

Tobacco Heritage Roundtrip

April, 2021 by sweigand_tl

I roundtripped this trail in April ‘21 on a hybrid mountain bike. 35.5 miles, 3:40 time, 9.6mph average speed. The trail was well maintained - grass was cut, large fallen trees were removed, garbage containers were emptied, trail parking is plentiful at the several trailheads. The first few miles out of LaCrosse were paved, the rest is crushed gravel, softer sand, and dirt/grass. I saw only 2 other bikers all day (they were on e-bikes). There definitely is not a lot of use on the trail, there are no tunnels or really long trestles or bridges, and there is not much in terms of trailside amenities that I could tell (restaurants, bed and breakfasts, stores), but if you’re looking for a nice long ride in the woods with nobody else around, this is the trail for you. If it gets connected into a larger/longer trail system, and if that spurs some economic development along the way in terms of businesses catering to bikers and tourists, this current trail could be a great foundation for a future longer trail that could be a bucket-list type of ride.

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