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City of Fredericksburg Virginia Central Railroad Trail Extension

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Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park is proposing to allow the City of Fredericksburg to extend a pedestrian and bicycle trail across park property on the Fredericksburg Battlefield.

The City of Fredericksburg is planning to turn the abandoned bed of the Virginia Central Railroad into a pedestrian and bicycle trail. The proposed trail will extend approximately 4.5 miles from Interstate 95 into the heart of the city, terminating near the existing railroad depot. In order to cross Hazel Run, at its intersection with Lafayette Boulevard (US Business Route 1), the trail must deviate slightly from the rail bed. The City is requesting that a small segment of the trail be placed on National Park Service property, adjacent to Hazel Run and north of Lafayette Boulevard. This will require some clearing of trees and vegetation, as well as the construction of a hard surface trail. This segment of trail on National Park Service property will also include interpretive signage that will explain the history of the site and its role in the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg.

The location for this proposed use of National Park Service property is directly behind (west) of the Fredericksburg National Cemetery and is along the north bank of Hazel Run at Lafayette Boulevard.

Archaeological testing has occured at the location and no significant sites were found to remain within the project area.

Under the guidelines of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, FRSP is soliticing public comments on this project. Written comments, either through this website or via postal letter, will be accepted only during the 30 day public review period.

Contact Information

Eric J. Mink
Historian and Cultural Resources Manager

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP
120 Chatham Lane
Fredericksburg, VA 22405