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