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Tobacco Heritage Trail opens

The Tobacco Heritage Trail in South Boston is now open, and bike riders, horseback riders, dog walkers and hikers already have begun enjoying the new recreation trail, a 2.5-mile segment of the Tobacco Heritage Trail that links Berry Hill Resort almost to the Dan River at the site of an old cotton mill.


 At the old Halifax Cotton Mill, owned by the town of South Boston, a botanical garden is planned for what will be Cotton Mill Park, at the end of Edmunds Street.  

At the other end, near Berry Hill, there is a duck impoundment habitat area created in memory of Biggie Hunt and funded by the Game Commission. 

Construction, now complete, was funded by the Virginia Department of Transportation along a former right of way of the Richmond Danville Spur Trail. The surface of the trail is aggregate compacted stone. 

The new trail is part of a system that advocates hope will be a 150-mile trail in Southside Virginia.

Trail Coordinator Heather Susee said she continues to search for people interested in volunteering for the trail. 

“It is an exciting time to be a part of the Friends of the Tobacco Heritage Trail as the trail is newly opened and you can dream big about the future of the trail in the South Boston community,” she added.