Cyclists on the Chickahominy Trail
Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in Virginia
From Washington, D.C., the East Coast Greenway 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 Greenway continues on road to Fredericksburg along the route of the future Potomac Heritage Trail. From Fredericksburg, the route continues south to Richmond, the state’s capital, where the Greenway divides into two routes: the spine route continuing south to North Carolina’s Piedmont region, and the complementary 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 Highway 5 along a traffic-separated greenway through a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Historic Coastal Route connects with the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail to bring travelers over the border into North Carolina. All totaled, the East Coast Greenway spine route travels 300 miles through Virginia; the complementary Historic Coastal Route totals 139 miles.
The Virginia Committee for the East Coast Greenway consists of volunteers who coordinate route selection and undertake advocacy efforts to move the Greenway ahead in the Old Dominion State. Current goals include:
- Coordinating East Coast Greenway efforts regionally through Virginia Planning Districts
- Sign the route with ECG trail markers to raise awareness and enhance the trail experience
- Support connections between existing greenway trails and gap areas
- Designate trails
- Monitoring the route and reporting issues
How to get involved
- Join the East Coast Greenway Alliance. As a member, you’ll receive monthly news and features about the Greenway and its development.
- “Friend” us. For news about the Greenway, timely event notices, and other updates, follow the East Coast Greenway Alliance on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Contact us. Let us know of your interest in volunteering. Contact:
- Philip Riggan, Virginia Committee Chair, Planner at Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization, (804) 323-2033 x122
- Kathryn Zeringue, Virginia & North Carolina Coordinator for the East Coast Greenway, 919.797.0619 x104
- 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.
Our Partners and Supporters in Virginia
The East Coast Greenway Alliance is proud to work with many great partners to bring the project to completion in Virginia. Partners include but are not limited to:
- VA State Parks: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/index.shtml
- Virginia Department of Transportation www.virginiadot.org
- Southside Planning District Commission http://www.southsidepdc.org/
- Crater Planning District Commission http://www.craterpdc.org/
- Hampton Roads Planning District Commission http://www.hrpdcva.gov/
- Richmond Regional Planning District Commission http://www.richmondregional.org/
- George Washington Regional Commission https://www.gwregion.org/
- Northern Virginia Regional Commission http://www.novaregion.org/
- James River Park System http://jamesriverpark.org/
- Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail https://www.nps.gov/pohe/index.htm
- Tobacco Heritage Trail http://tobaccoheritagetrail.org/
- Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association www.aldha.org
- Potomac Appalachian Trail Club www.potomacappalachian.org
- Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club www.ratc.org
- Roanoke River Rails-to-Trails www.tobaccoheritagetrail.org
- Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club www.tidewateratc.org
- Virginia Bicycling Federation www.vabike.org
- Virginia Capital Trail Foundation www.virginiacapitaltrail.org
- Bike Walk RVA https://www.sportsbackers.org/program/bike-walk-rva/
- Friends of the Lower Appomattox http://folar-va.org/