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The Warrenton Branch Greenway follows a segment of the former Warrenton Branch Spur railroad, running between downtown Warrenton (at S. 4th Street) and Meetze Road. The Warrenton Branch was constructed between 1851 and 1852. To learn about the railroad's history, you can tour the inside of the historical caboose at the western trailhead; the caboose is open seasonally on the first Saturday of every month from April to October.
The route is beautiful and lush with trees and flowering bushes in the spring and summer. Through the trees you'll have glimpses of the surrounding residential neighborhoods. There are a couple of well-marked road crossings on low-volume roads and the trail goes over the busy Eastern Bypass (US 17) on bike/pedestrian bridge.
Future plans include building an amphitheater at the depot end of the trail, which would use a railroad flat car for a stage.
Parking is available on the west end of the trail at the depot off 4th Street in downtown Warrenton and near the east end of the trail at Castle Kingston Lane, adjacent to the Eastern Bypass.
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