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Virginia East Coast Greenway Trip Planner

Virginia Basics

Length

271 Miles

Amount on trails

14 %

When to go

 

Highlights

Virginia is a large state, with differences in the climate in different parts of the state; the ECG passes through the Piedmont and Tidewater regions.  In general, temps in July and August average in the 80s and summers are humid. January is the coldest, with high temps averaging in the upper 30s to low 40s. Winter doesn’t last very long, and spring and fall are pleasant. Heavy rains are common during hurricane season.

Guides

ECGA cue sheets and Google maps

 

Virginia Capital Trail, Chickahominy Section

User Types Accommodated

The completed trail segments in Virginia can accommodate a variety of users, as listed in the table below. However, because the bulk of the route through the state is still on road, we recommend that only experienced road bicyclists plan to travel the entire route. We will provide more details about the non-designated segments as soon as possible.

Designated Trail Details

These trails have been officially designated as part of the East Coast Greenway. There are other completed trails along the Virginia route that have not yet been designated. Please consult our Google maps and cue sheets for more detailed information on the route.

NOTE: Please contact the trail management agency or friends group with questions concerning trail access for individuals with disabilities.

In-line skaters: Trail conditions are variable, and even paved portions aren’t always smooth. We have attempted to note portions that are questionable for skating, but please be prepared to walk or go around certain portions of trail.

Trail Name

Location

Length

Surface

Users

For more info

Notes

Mount Vernon Trail/Arlington Memorial Bridge

Washington DC to Mt. Vernon, VA

17 miles

Paved

cyclists, walkers, in-line skater

National Park Service

 

Virginia Capital Trail

Jamestown Settlement

5 miles

Paved

cyclists, walkers, in-line skaters

VA Capital Trail Foundation

More of this trail is complete, but has not yet been designated

Tobacco Heritage Trail

Lawrenceville, LaCrosse, Brodnax

6.7 miles

stone dust, hardpack

cyclists, walkers

Tobacco Heritage Trail

Counties and municipalities along the route

Coming soon!

Navigation Tools

Bridge in Occoquan, VA.

Trail Alerts

Before planning a trip, be aware of local trail conditions. Visit our Trail Alerts and Current Status to read about construction or detours that we are aware of. Always carry street maps with you in case of trail closures.

Trail Reports

Visit the ECG Community Room to post questions to other trail users and read what other travelers have to say about their trip through Virginia.

Public Transportation in Virginia

Mount Vernon Trail

Other Resources

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