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Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail Opened Additional Section On Tuesday

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©™ 2012 Nelson County Life : Photos By Marcie Gates : (L to R) Jennifer Wampler (VA Department of Conservation & Recreation) - Ken Bunch (VP Blue Ridge Railway Trail Foundation) - Fred Boger (Head of Planning for Nelson County) - Claudia Tucker (Board of Supervisors for Amherst) - Popie Martin (Secretary of VA Blue Ridge Railway Trail Foundation) & Steve Martin (Popie's husband) officially open another section of the Amherst portion of the trail this past Tuesday afternoon - April 3, 2012

Near Piney River
Amherst / Nelson County Line

For years work has been underway on the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail [2] along the Nelson / Amherst County line in Piney River. Some of the trail has been open in Nelson, but other parts weren’t reachable because a section in Amherst was not ready. “Part of the Amherst section has been closed, it has kept people from going on the last 2 miles in Nelson. By opening the Amherst part we are opening a good stretch in Nelson,” said Popie Martin with the VA Blue Ridge Railway Trail Foundation.

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Lucas Barber, a local scout from Amherst, is recognized. He helped build the mile markers on the trail. This helps rescue crews locate people in need faster.

According to the Railway Trail website:

“After almost six years of dreaming, planning, physical labor and fund-raising, the efforts of foundation members came to fruition on National Trails Day, June 7, 2003 when Phase I of the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail was officially opened to the public. Phase I consisted of two trail heads, approximately 1.8 miles of trail surface and improvements, and the renovation of a 200-foot railway bridge.”

The Amherst opening helped complete the remaining parts.