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 path follows the old towpath along the disused canal. The Canal Path is mostly shaded, making it a great way to escape the heat. There are benches along the way if you need to sit and take a break. The trail includes mile markers and informational signs throughout. The trail is a great place for walking, jogging, skating or biking.
Walking along the canal path, you will pass Snowden Pond, the Wetlands at Gayles Pond, Cossey Botanical Park and the Fredericksburg Dog Park. At Canal Street and Prince Edward Street you can see Dancing Milkweed IV which was purchased by the City of Fredericksburg.
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.
Address: 3008 Normandy Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Hours: Trails are open all day, year round.
History: Constructed over two decades, the Rappahannock River canal system once stretched 50 miles upstream to Fauquier County. Sometimes this canal is referred to as the VEPCO Canal, after the acronym for Virginia Electric and Power Company, which maintained the Embry Dam on the canal’s west end and Embry Power Plant on its east end through the 1960s.
This is a great trail to see wildlife. My kids are always fascinated by the number of turtles in the canal and other wildlife along the path.