Uptown Spur Trail

Virginia

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Uptown Spur Trail Facts

States: Virginia
Counties: Martinsville
Length: 0.7 miles
Trail end points: Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail at Pine St. and Franklin St. north of Commonwealth Blvd./SR 457
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 8135266

Uptown Spur Trail Description

Martinsville's Uptown Spur Trail, as its name implies, runs along an abandoned railroad spur line. Like the trains before its conversion, the paved trail branches off from the former main line—now the 4.5-mile Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail—to whisk travelers to just north of Martinsville’s charming downtown.

A concrete trestle over busy Commonwealth Boulevard/State Route 457 offers a safe crossing just before the trail's northern terminus off Franklin Street. On that site, a former textile factory has been converted into the Clocktower at Commonwealth Centre, an office and warehouse complex. The spur line on which the trail was built once provided rail service to the facility, which was originally a tobacco factory and later a cotton mill.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Uptown Spur Trail is available at a landscaped trailhead on Depot Street in the heart of Martinsville. Restrooms are available.

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