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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 enjoy wooded landscapes, interpretive signs, picnic areas and a scenic 300-foot bridge across the Meherrin River. Four restroom facilities have also been placed along the trail.
The westernmost section of this route, from Brodnax to La Crosse is paved; the remainder of the trail has a crushed stone surface. From La Crosse, cyclists can continue traveling northwest for 5 miles to reach South Hill via an on-road route.
Four other disconnected segments of trail are open: more than a mile in Victoria, another 2 miles in South Boston, and 1.1 miles in Boydton, which opened in August 2015, and a 0.6-mile segment segment in Kenbridge.
Eventually, the trail (a mixture of off-road and on-road sections) will total 160 miles and connect the counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Halifax, Lunenburg and Mecklenburg. The network will incorporate historical sites and local points of interest, including natural and recreational areas.
A portion of the Tobacco Heritage Trail will also be designated as part of the East Coast Greenway, a developing trail network stretching from Maine to Florida.
Lawrenceville: Parking is available at the Evans Creek Trailhead. From South Hill, take US 58 east toward Lawrenceville for about 10 miles and turn left on Evans Creek Road; the trailhead will appear on the right after about a mile.
La Crosse: A trailhead with parking is available at 115 South Main Street.
Victoria: Park at Victoria Railroad Park off Firehouse Road.
South Boston: The trail is best reached by traveling north on US 501 from downtown, turning left onto Edmund Street and left onto Railroad Avenue. A parking lot for the trail is on the right.
Boydton: A trailhead is available at Washington Street.
Kenbridge: There is a trailhead with parking on E. 6th Street.
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