Construction has begun on Phase 4 of the Belmont-Ferry Farm Trail which will connect at the current terminus in the John Lee Pratt Memorial Park and tie the trail into the Chatham Bridge, providing safe access to the City of Fredericksburg for pedestrians and bikers originating from Stafford County and vice versa. Stafford County has worked closely with the National Park Service on the plans to implement this section of the trail. The Park Service made land available at Chatham Manor for the path through an agreement with Stafford County. Plans call for the trail section to be complete and operational by the end of the year.
“On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I thank the National Park Service and Kirsten Talken-Spaulding, Superintendent of the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, for their vision in seeing how this trail benefits both our missions and partnering with us so graciously to make it happen,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Meg Bohmke. “Recreational amenities and access to historical resources are assets that enrich and empower our community.”
The Belmont-Ferry Farm Trail starts at Belmont, continues down Washington Street to Old Falmouth and along River Road to the Historic Port of Falmouth Park. The trail crosses River Road and rises through a series of switchbacks to St. Clair Brooks Memorial Park and John Lee Pratt Memorial Park. The new section will begin near the River Road entrance to Pratt Park, across National Park Service land along River Road, go under the Chatham Bridge and curve up to the sidewalks along the bridge.
“We have worked with Stafford County on many successful projects in the past, and I am delighted we were able to assist with this project,” said Kirsten Talken-Spaulding. “We both have a goal of making the abundant natural and historical resources in our area more accessible to citizens and visitors.”
Construction will be taking place over the next several months. Stafford asks motorists to use caution in the area. The trail will eventually stop in the Ferry Road area of Stafford County, with an eventual length of approximately four miles. A trail 30 years in the making, Stafford County is currently designing Phase 6 of the trail, which would be the final phase of the trail connecting Belmont to Ferry Farm.
“The trail is certainly a jewel in my district,” said Stafford Board of Supervisors member Tom Coen, George Washington District. “Our Tourism Department has worked with the City of Fredericksburg on many regional initiatives over the years. I am confident that this connection to the city will be of great benefit to both of us.”