Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in Virginia
An ECG through-traveler on the Mount Vernon Trail. Photo: Peter Vicinanza
From Washington, D.C., the ECG enters Virginia along the Mount Vernon Trail, which follows the Potomac River and George Washington Parkway south to Mt. Vernon, home of America's first president. From Mt. Vernon, the ECG continues on road to Fredericksburg along the route of the future Potomac Heritage Trail. From Fredericksburg, the ECG continues south to Richmond, the state's capital, where the Greenway divides into two routes: the spine route, which continues south to North Carolina's Piedmont region, and the alternate Historic Coastal Route, which heads southeast through Jamestown and Williamsburg before aiming south toward Wilmington, N.C.
The Historic Coastal Route follows the Virginia Capital Trail, a 50-mile route that closely follows Virginia's Hwy. 5 along a mostly traffic-separated path and traverses a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Historic Coastal Route will connect with the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail which, will bring travelers over the border into North Carolina.
Trail Status and Plans
Virginia Partners and Supporters
More information on trails and greenways in Virginia
Greenway activity in Virginia is gaining momentum like never before as communities across the state embrace the vision of an urban Appalachian Trail. Our State Committee is formed through a partnership with the Virginia Bicycling Federation. This will help our percentage of off-road greenway jump from its current level of 14%.
Working with the Southside Planning District Commission and Roanoke River Rails to Trails, the Alliance is actively promoting development of an exciting new project, the Tobacco Heritage Trail (THT). When complete, the THT will consist of 174 miles of trail in five Southside counties. The East Coast Greenway will use 55 miles of the trail, stretching from Lawrenceville to Clarksville, which is located near the North Carolina border on scenic Bugg's Island Lake.
To learn more about the trail progress and activities in Virginia, visit the VA Committee page.
ECG Maps and Cue Sheets
Google maps, turn-by-turn cue sheets, and overview maps are available to help plan your trip and find your way through the route in Virginia.
Guide Bicycling and Walking the ECG in Virginia, published October 2012. This informative and easy to use guide offers maps and turn-by-turn directions of the ECG route through Virginia.Download your free copy here here in PDF form, or order a hardcopy here (cost is $5 for shipping and handling).
The ECGA is proud to be working with many great partners to bring the project to completion in Virginia. Partners include but are not limited to:
Virginia Mile Sponsors
Thank you for your support! Your inscriptions are listed on this website and will eventually be listed on a kiosk along the ECG route in VA. Find out more about the Mile Sponsor Program
There are numerous organizations and websites that offer additional information trails, greenways, and biking in Virginia.
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