Projects - Regional

photo of 3 young men jogging on the Tobacco Heritage TrailSPDC staff is in the process of working on a regional Active Transportation Plan.  Currently there are two plans that address bicycle, pedestrian and trail planning in the region.  They are the Halifax County Trails, Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan (2004) and the Lake Country Bicycle, Pedestrian & Trails Plan (2007).  Both plans set forth goals and strategies to continue in the development of a network of on-road bicycle and off-road shared use trails within Brunswick, Halifax, and Mecklenburg counties.  The Active Transportation will update, build upon, and consolidate both plans into one regional plan.  The planning process and public outreach is expected to occur over the next year.

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.