James River Branch Trail moves forward on Southside

The project is over a decade in the making — see trail plans and hear from the design team at a community meeting.


The James River Branch Trail was included in the 2019 James River Park System Master Plan.

Map via James River Park System

A new trail is coming to Southside, and the city wants your input. Check out preliminary designs and give your feedback on the James River Branch Trail at a community meeting on Monday, March 25 at 5 p.m. at the Southside Community Services Center.

The trail has been in the works for over 14 years, with a concept plan released in March 2010. The city couldn’t come up with the funds then, but the project was given new life thanks to new funding sources, including the American Rescue Plan Act.

The future trail will run for around two miles from Westover Hills Boulevard to Hopkins Road. It will cross five existing roadways, connecting the southeastern portion of the city to the main networks of the James River Park System.

The upcoming meeting will include opportunities to discuss plans with representatives from Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and the design firm Whitman, Requardt & Associates.