The Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail
(DRHT) is a trail that follows an old railroad bed
in King George County, Virginia
.Nazarov, Amy Rogers. "David Brickley: Determined Trail Builder". Rails to Trails
, Fall 2006: 14-15.
The railroad line was built by the federal government
during World War II
to serve a United States Navy
base in Dahlgren; the line was later sold to the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad
and subsequently CSX Transportation
before being abandoned.2006-07-14. (editorial). The Free Lance-Star
, Fredericksburg, VA.
The DRHT is a trail from the western edge of King George County to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division
. Intended for use as a public "Rails-to-Trails"
project, the trail winds through rural King George and accommodates non-motorized, recreational users including hikers, bikers, horseback
riders, and runners. The Friends of the DRHT hope to eventually make the trail a public resource for King George County, and to connect it to similar trails in Fredericksburg, Virginia
. A projected future bike trail
across an expansion to the Governor Nice bridge
would provide a connection to trails in Maryland
The trail opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony
on June 6, 2006. The trail is currently private, and a permit is required to use it. A permit application can be obtained from the DRHT website.
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