Suffolk has completed two significant segments of the Seaboard Coastline Trail, a 10’ wide paved multi-use trail that will run from downtown Suffolk to the Chesapeake city line using the former Seaboard Coastline Railroad right-of-way:
Seaboard Coastline Trail (planned, existing)
Source: HRTPO via Google My Maps
(Note that the short green segment—shown in the downtown area above—runs from Suffolk Train Station to Moore Avenue, a distance of a few blocks.)
The existing Seaboard Coastline Trail segments shown above are the first completed segments of the South Hampton Roads Trail, which is part of a planned regional system of major trails shown below.
Major Active Transportation Routes
The completed segments, being rail trails, serve both transportational (destination-driven) and recreational purposes, as discussed separately below.
The recreational usage of the southern segment is enhanced by the trail’s pleasant design, its separation from roadway noise, and its environs, as shown below:
Creek Crossing the Seaboard Coastline Trail
Cross Section of the Seaboard Coastline Trail
The usage of the northern segment of the trail for transportation is enhanced by the village of Driver located at its western terminus.
Destinations in Driver near the Seaboard Coastline Trail
Using the Seaboard Coastline Trail
For both recreation and transportation, the inhabitants of nearby residential neighborhoods can access the trail within a short distance of their homes, as shown below:
Neighborhoods along the Southern Segment of the Seaboard Coastline Trail
Neighborhoods along the Northern Segment of the Seaboard Coastline Trail
If you don’t live near the trail, you can access it by riding the bus or by parking your car in trailhead parking lots.
Three bus routes of Suffolk Transit https://www.suffolkva.us/429/Suffolk-Transit serve the southern segment of the trail:
Two routes serve the northern segment of the trail:
In addition, you can access the trail by auto using the following trailhead parking lots.
Parking Lots along the Seaboard Coastline Trail
The Suburban Drive lot (212 Suburban Drive) provides parking, a picnic table, and bike fix-it station.
See you on the trail!