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The Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail is a developing project that will one day span 11.5 miles, connecting the communities of Suffolk and Chesapeake in southeastern Virginia. The trail is also part of a larger 41-mile effort called the South Hampton Roads Trail, which will link Suffolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach.
In 2015, the first 2.3 miles of the paved pathway opened, stretching from the historical village of Driver to Suffolk. A second phase was completed in 2017, extending the trail farther east 1.1 miles to Bromay Street. At each end are small parking lots, fix-it stations, water, and restroom facilities. There is one at-grade road crossing with Shoulders Hill Road, approximately one mile from the east terminus.
The rail-trail follows the former Seaboard Coastal Railroad right of way and is surrounded by trees, farmland, and neighborhoods. It crosses over Bennett's Creek and winds through marshland. Local wildlife abounds, so be on the lookout for copperheads sunning on the trail.
From I-664, take Exit 11A to Portsmouth Boulevard, which turns into Nansemond Parkway. Continue approximately 3.5 miles to Driver Village. Parking is located beside the trail at the entrance to Driver, at the intersection of Nansemond Parkway and Kings Highway. There are approximately 10 parking spaces at that location. A second option is at the end of that segment, where there is free trail parking located at 4841 S Hampton Roads Trail Suffolk, Suffolk.
Another trailhead is located near Shoulders Hill Road and Bob White Parkway, but has no dedicated parking (street parking only).
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