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Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in Virginia

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 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 traffic-separated greenway that traverses a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Historic Coastal Route connects with the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail which, will bring travelers over the border into North Carolina.


An ECG thru-rider on the Mount Vernon Trail. Photo by Peter Vicinanza

Trail Status and Plans
Virginia Partners and Supporters
More information on trails and greenways in Virginia

Trail Status & Plans

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. Currently, the 299-mile spine route in Virginia is 16 percent complete on traffic-free greenway trails. The Historic Coastal Route is 139 miles and is 46 percent complete on traffic-free greenway trails.

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

Download a map of the East Coast Greenway through Virginia 

The ECG Trip Planner allows you to generate customized point-to-point cue sheets for your ECG trip, with accompanying maps and elevation profiles, or to export your route as a GPX file to load onto your Garmin or other GPS device.

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,


Partners and Supporters in Virginia

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

More information on biking, trails, and greenways in Virginia

There are numerous organizations and websites that offer additional information trails, greenways, and biking in Virginia.

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