Rappahannock River Heritage Trail

Location: 3008 Normandy Avenue , Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Park Hours: Open all day, year around

General Park Policy

General Park Rental Request Form (PDF)

General Park Rental Request Form (online e-form)

For trail information, maintenance and rental inquiries please call (540) 372-1086.

The Canal Path is a paved pathway that is 1.8 miles long and winds along the canal from Fall Hill Avenue to Princess Anne Street.  The Rappahannock River Heritage Trail is a 1.6 mile asphalt stretch that connects the two parts of the Canal Path making a 3.1 mile loop, just about right for a 5K charity walk. 

The trail, which is 10 feet wide, begins near the intersection of Princess Anne and Ford streets at one end of the Rappahannock Canal. Beautiful views of the Rappahannock River, Old Mill Park and several historic mills are seen throughout the trail. The river overlook along Riverside Drive should not be missed. Great for walkers and bike riders of all ages. Open all day, year round.

Trail Alert: Updated January 2, 2020

Please be alert of a detour on the Heritage Trail planned for approximately the next 3 weeks between the Ford Street and Germania Street area as work continues on the sanitary sewer replacement project. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be detoured along Princess Anne Street for a section of the trail where the sewer line work crosses the path. Please be cautious near work zones and watch for posted signs of the detour.

Traffic Alert: Updated December 6, 2019

On Monday, December 9, Caroline Street will be closed between Herndon and Germania Streets on a 24/7 basis to facilitate the start of the project. Crews with W.C. Spratt will begin working near the intersection of Ford Street.  

Caroline Street will be reopened to traffic between December 24 – January 6.   The roadway will be closed again on January 6 and remain closed for the duration of the project.    Local traffic will be permitted to reach destinations within the road closure. The townhouses and apartments will be accessible from the Germania Street side of the work zone, but no thru traffic towards Ford Street will be permitted. Please adhere to the posted no parking signage and exercise caution within work zones. Drivers are encouraged to subscribe to www.fredericksburgalert.com, list name: “General Community Information -> Traffic Alerts” for updates on street closures.

The Heritage Trail in this area will remain open until January 6 and may experience temporary closures or detours after January 6, 2020, in which case notice will be provided. Trail users are encouraged to subscribe to www.fredericksburgalert.com, list name: “Parks and Recreation -> Park and Pool Updates” list to receive updates on the Heritage Trail. Please watch for posted signage and exercise caution near work zones.

This is a major project that involves the replacement of two existing sewer mains that are well past their useful lifespan and are in poor condition.   Both of the existing mains will be replaced with a single 21” sanitary sewer main that is upsized to meet future sewer demands.    The $1.7M project is part of a PPEA water/sewer infrastructure improvement contract with W.C. Spratt, Inc. and is anticipated to be completed by May of 2020.    For questions about the project please contact the Department of Public Works at 54-372-1023. Please subscribe to City alerts at www.FredericksburgAlert.com.


  • Benches
  • Bike Trail
  • Porta Johns
  • Public Art
  • Walking Path