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The Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail (DRHT) traverses a scenic forested landscape abounding with wildlife in Virginia's Northern Neck. The rail-trail, which was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2018, follows the route of the old Dahlgren Branch Line from the Dahlgren Naval Surface Warfare Center west toward Fredericksburg. The pathway is also part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, which extends from the Chesapeake Bay to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The trail opened in 2006 as a privately owned recreational facility accessible by permit. Today, permits are no longer required. In 2018, the trail's owner, David Brickley, and the Friends of the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail, a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining and advocating for the trail, signed an agreement that makes the trail part of King George County’s park system while still owned by Brickley and maintained by the Friends of DRHT.
Parking and access information is available on the Friends of DRHT website.
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