Mayo River Rail Trail
Location:
Mayo River Rail Trail
108 Commerce St.
Stuart, VA 24171

Phone:
(276) 694-6094

Website:
visitpatrickcounty.org

Driving Directions

Mayo River Rail Trail is in downtown Stuart, VA, just off Commerce Street following the path of the Danville and Western Railway ("Dick and Willie"). This 1.8 mile trail is good for walking and bicycling. It has an asphalt smooth level surface. The trail also follows the Mayo River with an additional spur leading to the Landmark Assisted Living Center.

Parking lots on both ends of the trail, with handicap accessibility parking. It is great for families with children strollers and wheelchairs. The Mayo River is almost always in view.

The Danville and Western Railway (fondly called the Dick and Willie; less fondly the “Delay and Wait”) grew out of the Richmond and Danville RR. A narrow-gauge line was extended from Danville to Martinsville in 1882, then to Stuart in 1883, where there was a turntable to head the locomotive back to Danville. In addition to passenger service, the D&W served the wood products and agricultural businesses in Patrick County. This meant people could buy a ticket to Danville and beyond, and farmers, loggers, and sawmills in Patrick had a much wider market for their products. Sadly, roads and cars were the demises of passenger service. Later, the D&W freight business in Patrick dwindled, and the line from Martinsville was abandoned in 1942. See Larry Hopkins “The Dick and Willie”.

Family Friendly

Pet Friendly

Wheelchair support