Southside Planning District Commission

Serving Brunswick, Halifax, & Mecklenburg Counties, and the towns of South Boston & South Hill, VA


Southside PDC Welcomes Section of the Tobacco Heritage Trail

Trail runs along Dan River and behind Berry Hill Plantation

Tobacco Heritage Trail in South Boston, VAHorseback riders, cyclers, joggers and hikers (and dogs!) of all ages enjoy the Tobacco Heritage Trail.

In the Fall of 2012, the Southside PDC, partnered with Roanoke River Rails-to-Trails, Inc. to develop a brand new section of the Tobacco Heritage Trail (THT) in South Boston, VA. Southside PDC worked closely with engineers from Anderson & Associates on the design and direction of this second phase of the trail project. The PDC has been responsible for obtaining grant monies for the purchase of abandoned railroad corridor and trail construction. Regional Planner, Robyn Fowler, oversaw the progress of the South Boston sec- tion, liaising with engineers, contractors, and VDOT representatives.

Several historic features of this segment of the THT make the South Boston section a trail worth visiting! The trailhead is situated at the base of a former cotton mill. All that remains of the mill are two brick towers marking the once thriving cotton industry in South Boston. A short 0.4 miles from the trailhead is the Prizery, which used to be a tobacco warehouse.

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