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October 4, 2021

Warrenton Branch Greeway extended to Meetze Road

The Warrenton Branch Greenway is such a wonderful multiuse trail for walkers, strollers, biking enthusiasts and to utilize outdoor fitness equipment stations. It is the cornerstone of the Fauquier County trail system.
— County Parks Board Chairman Donald Johnson
The Warrenton Branch Greenway has grown significantly longer, to connect Old Town with the Fauquier Education Farm to the east.

Local officials Monday morning cut the ribbon on a 0.9-mile extension of the popular walking and biking trail.

The greenway, which opened Oct. 10, 1998, runs 2.2 miles from South Fourth Street to Meetze Road near the Central Sports Complex.

An unimproved trail extends south to the Laurel Ridge Community College Campus. County officials hope eventually to grade and pave that route as part of the master plan for trails throughout Fauquier.

“The Warrenton Branch Greenway is such a wonderful multiuse trail for walkers, strollers, biking enthusiasts and to utilize outdoor fitness equipment stations,” county Parks Board Chairman Donald Johnson said at Monday’s brief dedication ceremony. “It is the cornerstone of the Fauquier County trail system.”

Supervisor Rick Gerhardt (Cedar Run District) noted that the greenway resulted from a partnership that includes the county parks department, the Town of Warrenton and the Fauquier Trails Coalition.

That group applied for a federal grant and acquired the old railroad line right-of-way — including a new bridge over the Eastern Bypass — to start the greenway in 1992.

“Thanks to their efforts, a significant corridor of green space with historical value through the Town of Warrenton has been preserved,” Mr. Gerhardt said.

He thanked private landowners — including Patty Leonard, Gus Forbush, AmeriGas, Virginia Self-Storage Partners and Virginia Tractor — for easements that made the new extension possible.

Shirley Construction built the extension in 138 days under an $888,266 contract. Including engineering and other expenses, the extension cost more than $1 million, with grants paying much of the total.

Over the last five years, 371,629 people have used the Warrenton Branch Greenway, according to the parks department.

Fauquier has more than 25 miles of public trails.
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