Water, Earth, Sky

Scott Shenk writes about the environment.

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Newest city trail adds to area offerings

The The Rappahannock River Heritage Trail officially opens Saturday in Fredericksburg.  It joins two sections of the Canal Path, making a 3.1-mile loop—about right for a 5K race. A ribbon cutting is at 10, and cyclists, runners, and walkers will break it in. Participants will gather in the grassy area next to the Friends of the Rappahannock headquarters off Fall Hill Avenue. The city has been working on the heritage trail for some time; one of the new sections is visible along the river along Fall Hill Avenue, next to Normandy Village.  See Robyn Sidersky’s story for background on the heritage trail. Click here for more on other trails in Fredericksburg.

The new venue adds  to a slowly growing list of trails winding through the region, though it’s likely to be some time before there’s a connected network. Some other trails worth checking out in the area: Government Island park in Stafford;  Ni River Trail, part of the Spotsylvania Greenways Initiative; Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail  in King George; and the Rappahannock River Water Trail for paddlers, which spans five localities on the Rappahannock and Rapidan rivers above Fredericksburg.