Fall Line Trail
The Fall Line Trail (FLT) is a regional multi-use trail that was conceptualized in 2019. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) conducted a study to determine an alignment for a 43-mile regional trail. The final report was published by VDOT in the 2020, outlining the preferred corridor from Ashland to Petersburg. The trail system was then renamed to reflect the natural and geographic character of the region – The Fall Line Trail. The Trolley Line Trail in Ashland, VA was the first segment of the FLT. This trail led to the idea of expanding the system into a multi-jurisdictional trail system.
The Fall Line trail came together as an opportunity to "connect the dots" of active transportation networks taking shape in the greater Richmond region. Several sections of the trail already existed or were planned in localities’ comprehensive and special area plans, including the existing Ashland Trolley Line and Chesterfield Linear Park as well as the planned Trolley Line Connector in Henrico and Brook Road protected bike lanes in Richmond. Following public hearings in 2022, design is underway.
VDOT hosted two duplicate public meetings in May about the Fall Line Trail proposal. In Hanover County, VDOT held a public hearing on November 15, to show sections of the trail..
- VDOT's Hanover County meeting was a public hearing for the northern section of the trail, approximately 4.8 miles from the end of the Trolley Line Trail in Ashland to the Longdale area of Henrico County.
You can take a virtual tour of the 43-mile Fall Line Trail corridor in this video from SportsBackers YouTube Video . The trip begins at the southern end in Petersburg and walks you through all seven localities to the end in Ashland.