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Your input is needed on the Shenandoah Valley Rail Trail. State agencies have launched a study to assess the feasibility of converting 49 miles of inactive Norfolk Southern rail lines into a shared use path in the Shenandoah Valley between the Town of Broadway and the Town of Front Royal. An important part of the process—a community survey—is now live through June 25.
Please take a few moments to share your input through the Shenandoah Valley Rail Trail Study Community Survey!
Your insight into user interests, community benefits, and key resources adjacent to the trail will prove invaluable as the project progresses. Please show your support for the trail by taking the survey here.
The Shenandoah Valley Rail Trail will be an immense asset for our area, as it creates a safe and accessible corridor to connect communities, businesses, schools, churches, and cultural and historic resources. Residents will have the option to bicycle or walk to work, school, or church, and to Main Street shops. The trail will also bolster the Valley and state’s outdoor recreation economy and become a destination for visitors. As it achieves all of this, it will provide valuable health benefits to our community. And who can leave out the unmatched North Fork of the Shenandoah vantage points the trail will afford?
Friends of the North Fork is a member of the Shenandoah Valley Rail Trail Exploratory Partnership, the 18-member coalition of towns, counties, planning district commissions, and several nonprofits who share a vision of the Shenandoah Valley Rail Trail. Since 2019, the Partnership has brought together community members to consider options for the trail. Towns and counties along the route have passed formal resolutions of support for the trail. By completing the survey, you’ll add your support for the trail as well.
The proposed Trail Line in green. (Source: Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley)