Rails to Trails

Northampton County, VA Resolution Supporting Rails to Trials 

 

"Canonie Atlantic Company filed a petition with the Surface Transportation Board to discontinue service and end its common carrier obligation to provide freight rail service over the approximately 49.1 miles of rail line in Accomack and Northampton Counties; and the Surface Transportation Board decided on October 31, 2019 to approve Canonie Atlantic Company's petition for abandonment of service. The Boards of Supervisors of Accomack and Northampton Counties believe that it is in the best economic, recreational, health and tourism interests of their citizens that the Canonie Atlantic Company's 49.1 miles of abandoned rail line be converted to a world-class rails-to-trails project. 

The Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail Association with support from the Virginia Bicycling Federation has petitioned the Surface Transportation Board to approve a Certificate or Notice of Interim Trail Use to work with the Accomack-Northampton Transportation District Commission, Canonie Atlantic Company, and the Counties of Accomack and Northampton. It is in the best interest of Accomack and Northampton Counties to negotiate with the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail Association as a step in achieving the Counties' overarching goal of developing a world-class Eastern Shore Rail-to-Trail." 

Source: Northampton County, VA Resolution Supporting Rails to Trails




Looking for more trails to ride in Northampton County? Check out our Free Recreation/ Bikes and Hikes section on our website.  

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Video by VDOT Eastern Shore Rail to Trail Study Team


More information can be found at the Eastern Shore Rail to Trail Study.