The Mendota Trail is a 12.5-mile hiking-biking recreational corridor between Bristol, VA, and Mendota, VA.

The trail, located solely in Washington County, VA, spans tranquil countryside and forests on gentle grades comparable to nearby rails-to-trails favorites.


Our Beginning

Years ago, a rail line linked Bristol and Mendota, VA. The City of Bristol, VA later purchased the railroad property and in 2016, deeded it to Mountain Heritage, Inc., a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, which has a record of successful trail development in the region.


Where is the Trail Corridor?

The trail heads northwesterly to Mendota, VA from the I-81 the underpass on Island Rd. at the northern boundary of Bristol, VA.

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What Has Been Accomplished?

We have been exclusively supported by private donations and have remained diligent stewards of these gifts. These funds have been used for:

  • Surveying & engineering studies
  • Repair work on trestles
  • Obtaining necessary permits
  • Erecting signage for the trail
  • Legal research
  • Opening the first mile on the Mendota end on October 9, 2017

Trail Benefits

Upon completion, this trail will improve the quality of life in our community and be a potential driver of local economic development. It will offer a venue to enjoy nature and engage in active pursuits which will benefit physical well-being. Adjacent property values will be enhanced.

Our Trail Funding Needs

  • Surveying & engineering studies
  • Materials & labor costs for trestle repair
  • Developing adjoining parking areas
  • Grant writing to access private and public funding
  • Trail maintenance


Take a moment and view our video:

Video Directed by Jack Dunham; Contributing Photographers – Rick Heppert, Frank Kilgore, Bob Mueller