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Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren Counties - Shenandoah Valley Rail Trail Study

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Project at a Glance
Begin Date
December 2020

Est Completion Date
November 2021

Lengths and Limits
48.5 miles (see location description)

Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren


Brad Reed, AICP

Study Overview

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) are partnering with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and other stakeholders to determine the feasibility of converting an inactive railroad segment into a 48.5-mile multi-use recreational rail trail in the Shenandoah Valley. The study focuses on an out-of-service Norfolk Southern line in the counties of Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren.

The Shenandoah Valley rail trail study will:

  • Evaluate existing infrastructure including 19 bridges and 27 culverts
  • Consider potential trailhead locations and roadway crossings
  • Review impacts to environmental resources
  • Estimate construction cost
  • Outline options and a budget for operations and maintenance.


The study area covers the 48.5-mile segment of inactive rail corridor from the northern end of Rockingham County, through Shenandoah County and to the central part of Warren County.

The southern terminus is Norfolk Southern Shenandoah Line milepost CW 99.5 in the Town of Broadway and the northern terminus is milepost B 51.0 in the Town of Front Royal. The inactive rail line also passes through the towns of Timberville, Mt. Jackson, Edinburg, Woodstock, Toms Brook and Strasburg.

The entire rail line is within the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District. It passes close to Seven Bends State Park, Shenandoah National Park, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, and the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.

Public Input

Study partners conducted an online public survey from May 17 to June 25, 2021. Survey results and a video presentation are available at

Written comments in Spanish and English will be accepted until 5 p.m. on August 21, 2021, through the following methods:

Mail: Jennifer Wampler, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
         600 East Main Street, 24th Floor
         Richmond, VA  23219
Fax: 804-371-7899

Study Resources

Map of Study Area

General Assembly Budget Amendment
(Paragraph P authorizes study)

Shenandoah Valley Rail Trail Exploratory Partnership Website

Study Timeline

The study will inform a DCR report to be submitted to the Virginia General Assembly by November 1, 2021.

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