I really lucked out on my Fredericksburg jaunt. I didn’t do much research before heading out on a chilly morning a day after a small snow storm. But I managed to stumble upon the Rappahanick Canal Trail. The 1.8 mile trail includes some history, some nature and, most importantly, a flat paved surface.
Fredericksburg was a major port during the colonial era and the location of a number of important battles during the civil war.
The canal was part of a navigation system that was designed to extend 50 miles up the Rappahanick River. Work on it started in the 1829, although it was never completed. Canals became less important as railroads started to take over in the 1850s.
Four runs down – 130 to go.
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