Virginia here we come! Pack up your pawtastic pup for a hiking day like no other. Located in the city of South Boston, you and Fido can enjoy the day together on the Tobacco Heritage Trail here!
Located in beautiful Cotton Mill Park, the trailhead is easily accessed in the main parking lot and will lead you to a 2.6-mile pup-friendly journey through the area. Enjoy this nearly level hike which offers marked mileposts, so you can keep track of how far you have walked and how much further you still get to go! Each milepost is a good time to stop and assess your fur-ever friend’s enthusiasm and condition.
This is a former rail trail from the Richmond & Danville Railroad system, and when completed, can offer a fitness work out of 5.2 miles on this out-and-back trail. You will be transported back in time to the old cotton mills of the Revolutionary War time, where bailed cotton was loaded onto this rail system. Other places of interest you will pass include an old slave cemetery, Berry Hill Plantation with stone walls placed there by hand, scenic views of the Dan River, and multiple natural springs along the way.
Check out the visitor’s center, called the Prizery, which offers souvenirs of your historic hike, as well as restroom facilities and drinking fountains. Showers and lockers are available here as well. Fill your water bottles here before you begin your hike with your fur-iendly pup! Please pack clean up mitts to keep this park and trail clean, and keep Fido on leash throughout. The trail footage is natural crushed stone or dirt.
The Tobacco Heritage Trail South Boston is your ticket to a slice of history.