Abandoned railroads make great trails. Got the chance to “thru-hike” a developing one today – the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail in eastern VA is currently permit-only, and almost 17 miles long. It has some beautiful remote sections, and ends with this old Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac boxcar and caboose at its west end in King George!
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I think it is a great program for using abandoned right-aways before they are gobbled up by land developers. It also saddens me, however, to see so many railways closed down. –Curt
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Agree there’s something romantic and nostalgic about some of these routes and it’s tough to see them vanish. It’s a good thing that it is fairly easy to reclaim the land, at least.
It makes perfect trails. And the available right away avoids all of the usual hassles. –Curt