Ashland Trolley Line


Ashland Trolley Line Facts

States: Virginia
Counties: Hanover
Length: 0.5 miles
Trail end points: Walder Ln. south of Maple St./SR 612 and Gwathmey Church Rd./SR 707 and Meriturn Pl.
Trail surfaces: Grass, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6032320
Trail activites: Bike, Horseback Riding, Walking

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Ashland Trolley Line Description

The Ashland Trolley Line runs on a portion of the former Richmond-Ashland Electric Line, which linked the two communities for 31 years until its closure in 1938. During this period, Ashland was a traditional “streetcar suburb” of Richmond, with the town growing exponentially around the short-lived public transit.

The 0.5-mile trail now shares the corridor with an overhead electric utility, but you’ll probably be too distracted by the dense Virginia forest to even notice. Because of its natural surface of grass and gravel, the trail is best suited for walkers and joggers, although it is well maintained by the Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department.

Parking and Trail Access

Limited parking is available at the Ashland Trolley Line’s southern trailhead on Gwathmey Church Road/State Route 707.

Ashland Trolley Line Reviews

This path offers a pleasant, short walk through a Virginia forest. In May 2010, it wasn't yet too buggy to be uncomfortable, and the walk was quite easy. The line is maintained, as I encountered a tractor mower tending to the overgrown sections. Limited parking at the south end of the trail.

This trail is an easy half mile walk out and half mile back. Lots of trees means lots of shade. The surface is a mix of gravel and dirt. There is room to park 2 cars at the trailhead.

Follow this link to a geocache page with history and pictures of the old trolley line.

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