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The Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail is a developing project that will one day span 11.5 miles, connecting the communities of Suffolk and Chesapeake in southeastern Virginia. The trail is also part of a larger 41-mile effort called the South Hampton Roads Trail, which will link Suffolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach.
In 2015, the first 2.3 miles of the paved pathway opened, stretching from the historical village of Driver to Suffolk. A second phase was completed in 2017, extending the trail farther east 1.1 miles to Bromay Street. At each end are small parking lots, fix-it stations, water, and restroom facilities. There is one at-grade road crossing with Shoulders Hill Road, approximately one mile from the east terminus.
The rail-trail follows the former Seaboard Coastal Railroad right of way and is surrounded by trees, farmland, and neighborhoods. It crosses over Bennett's Creek and winds through marshland. Local wildlife abounds, so be on the lookout for copperheads sunning on the trail.
From I-664, take Exit 11A to Portsmouth Boulevard, which turns into Nansemond Parkway. Continue approximately 3.5 miles to Driver Village. Parking is located beside the trail at the entrance to Driver, at the intersection of Nansemond Parkway and Kings Highway. There are approximately 10 parking spaces at that location. A second trailhead is located near Shoulders Hill Road and Bob White Parkway, but has no dedicated parking (street parking only).
I rode this short trail on a mild Saturday morning in January 2018. The setting is beautiful, and the condition of the trail is wonderful. On the day I visited, the short existing segment was heavily used by the lucky neighborhood residents living near the trail for walking, bike riding, and in-line skating. Friendly people, serene country setting - and great facilities for such a short trail.
As mentioned in the description, the trail is set to one day become part of a multi-city trail, that will eventually stretch from downtown Suffolk to the Virginia Beach oceanfront (40+miles with a few on-road segments, and a ferry crossing between Portsmouth and Norfolk). The City of Suffolk will greatly benefit its residents by expanding the trail to the west (downtown Suffolk), while all of south-side Hampton Roads will benefit when Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk and Virginia Beach complete their segments, signage and marketing of the trail.
The section from Driver to Shoulder Hill Road is nice, and all that shows on the App (as of 12 November 2017), but the trail does cross the road and continue along the homes facing Pughsville Road to Lincoln Rd.
Beautiful trail. Love that the Pughsville end is open. I would suggest a place for doggie scoop bags and a place to throw the used bags away at the Pughsville end. Similar to the setup at the Driver end.
Beside that love the trail.
The trails are a great addition to the area, however they need to make sure they don't add too much parking to it so it doesn't get overloaded like everything else in Hampton Roads. You don't want to have to duck and weave a million people if you're walking or riding.
This is a great flat and wide paved beginner trail. It has now been extended east and is 3.5 miles long. Some parking, port-a-john, and bike repair station with tools at each trail head.
My family and I love this trail. We went alot last year. Today, was our first trip of the year. We arrived at 1030 am (its a Thursday) and all of the spots were taken and vehicles were parallel parked on the grass. Luckily, i squeezed in there but since the trail is expanding more people will want to use and 6 spots are nothing.
There is now a small 6 spot parking area off Towne Point Rd. just past the VFW hall at the Suffolk terminus.
Great riding and walking trail for the family and community,hope other cities connect. Suffolk Parks and Recreation and Ms. Helen Gabriel should be commended.
Love it... well done with plans for expansion...open since Jan 2 and already the parking area is too small... and 10 minutes from my house! ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿
This is a really nice trail through beautiful central Suffolk. Adjacent to the historic Driver Village it makes for a great destination spot. The last 1 mile leg from Shoulders Hill Road to the Chesapeake City line has been recently completed now making the trail 3.3 miles one way. You can pick up the trail either at the Driver Village location or the Townpoint Road trail head / parking lot which is located on Townpoint Road adjacent to the Chesapeake city line. Beautiful foliage, glimpses of wildlife; and birds and butterflies galore! Crossing the Quaker Neck Bridge is pretty cool as well. Wheelchair users will love the smooth flat paved surface.
This trail has been extended and now runs 3.5 miles in one direction. Trail was perfect for my easy 7 mile run. It would also be great for a bike ride . . . I'll be back!
Love this trail to bike or hike with the dog. Lots of shade.
2.3 mile section from Driver to Shoulders Hill Rd.; 4.6 miles roundtrip. Paved parking available directly behind the Suffolk Humane Society (1st building when you turn off 337) in Driver. We were impressed from the start. Bike tire pump and repair tools are available for use at the parking area. The trail was very well maintained and there was no trash to speak of. Sept. 23rd ~there were plenty of flowers, trees, butterflies and birds. We were even able to get a few pictures of a Yellow-Billed Cuckoo. We both recall only 1 bench available in this 2.3 mile section (Kudos~ the bench was made out of recycled materials). Only a few other people using trail from 3pm-5:30 on Friday. There is a Porta Potty available in the parking area.
Nice, relaxing stroll. We'll definitely walk this portion of the trail again.
Thank you Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail.
This was a short, flat easy little ride on a nice smooth trail. A bit too short for me so I rode it back and forth a few times, and added miles by cruising down Bob White Parkway and through one of the adjacent neighborhoods. Construction is on-going to extend the trail east of Shoulders Hill Road. This will definitely be one to go back to once it's extended. Then why the 3 stars?? Just because of the current length - ask me again after the next segment is complete.
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