In the News

Want to learn a little more about the Mendota Trail? Check out what others are saying about our trail in the news!

Kingsport Times News

“Seeing a dream realized is always a fulfilling sensation. One can only imagine what the feelings were on Friday when members of the Mendota Trail Conservancy, volunteers, engineers and numerous others saw the completion of a project that had been decades in the making.” Read More.

Bristol Herald Courier

“Washington County officials celebrated the recent acquistion of the Mendota Trail during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting in Abingdon, Virginia. ‘We’re having a lot of fun,’ said washington county Administrator Jason Berry. ‘It’s consuming a lot of time. But we’re having a lot of fun.'” Read More.

The Mendota Trail Brochure

Check out our latest brochure to learn even more about our trail. The brochure also includes a portable map with parking locations and the locations of the three trailheads.

Our Newsletters

Volume 1 - Fall 2017

“First Mile is open! On Saturday, October 7, 2017 supporters of the trail gathered at the Mendota Trailhead for the official grand opening of the first mile. A few well-placed words, a ribbon cutting and a celebratory walking and biking of the trail took place with a backdrop of perfect weather. In the days following the official opening, the momentum continued with folks walking, biking and enjoying the Mendota Trail.” Read More . . .

Volume 2 - Summer 2018

“The Mendota Trail now has its first refurbished trestle! It was completed this spring. Isn’t it beautiful? This trestle is named the Tindall Trestle, in recognition of Bill and Judy Tindall who made its repair possible through their generosity of a substantial monetary gift. The effort was also facilitated by Berry Home Centers, Inc. who helped defray the cost of materials.” Read More . . .

Volume 3 - Fall 2018

“We need your continued support of the Mendota Trail. Please send us a special year end gift to further our efforts. Your support will benefit Bristol’s economy and wellbeing, as well as that for the immediate surrounding area. It will help promote outdoor recreation and the enjoyment of the natural beauty of our region.” Read More . . .

Volume 4 - February 2019

“Mountain Heritage, Inc. was recently awarded a federal grant, administered by Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation. The grant application required an affiliation with a governmental entity and the City of Bristol, VA enthusiastically responded.” Read More . . .

Volume 5 - Summer 2019

“Since the last (February) newsletter….. Significant work has been completed along Campground Rd. and Cowan Dr. to bypass areas where a former trestle was removed and the road was rerouted. Water drainage issues have been addressed at several points along Cowan Dr. and Haskell Station Rd. ” Read More . . .

Volume 6 - Fall 2019

“Bristol celebrated the Grand Opening of 3.1 miles on the Bristol end of the Mendota Trail on Friday, 8/16/19. Over 100 people attended, including dignitaries and various community members. It was a festive occasion. Local media were in attendance which resulted in coverage on WCYB later that day and in the Bristol Herald Courier on Saturday. ” Read More . . .

Volume 7 - Summer 2020

“Since our last newsletter, we have: 1. Completed several maintenance projects on different segments of the trail 2. Cleared trees and brush adjacent to Trestle # 3 to allow construction to commence 3. Acquired easements to allow a parking area near Little Wolf Run Rd. and to allow a sewer connection from Bristol Trailhead to a manhole on Island Rd.” Read More . . .

Volume 8 - Fall 2020

“On November 13th, a celebration was held in Benhams to mark the opening of the “high trestle”, which enabled our trail to add two miles on the Bristol end. This beautiful timbered trestle, 193 feet long and 40 feet above Abrams Creek, has been a work in progress for over a year. Despite numerous challenges, including weather delays and shortages of building materials, we were able to reach our completion goal of Fall of 2020.” Read More . . .

Volume 9 - Spring 2021

“Since the time of our last newsletter, we have focused on preservation needs related to Trestles 14 and 13. Fortunately, this work was complete prior to the recent downpours that caused significant rises in the creek levels spanned by these two trestles. In the absence of the timely repairs, it is likely they would have sustained significant damage.” Read More . . .

Volume 10 - September 2021

“Over 100 people celebrated the ribbon cutting marking the official opening of Benhams Crossing Trestle. This trestle was generously sponsored by Rick and Doreen Heppert, who fondly recall riding their bikes under this trestle many times over the years. This trestle is unique in several respects: it is the most visible of all the 17 trestles along the trail corridor, it has a beautiful curve spanning its length and its stringers are partly comprised of steel.” Read More . . .

Volume 11 - December 2021

Sunday, October 17, 2021, was another great day for the Mendota Trail! On this picture perfect day, we celebrated another mile of open trail and three newly restored trestles on the Mendota end of the trail. In total, the Mendota Trail now has 8.2 miles of open trail and six restored trestles.Read More . . .

Volume 12 - April 2022

Our construction team, King General Contractors, has made significant progress on enhancements at the Bristol Trailhead. They have completed extensive excavation and grading to create a lengthy ADA compliant access ramp to the starting point of the trail as well as parking areas and a footprint for our future restroom facility and pavilion.” Read More . . .

Volume 13 - June 2022

“The construction vehicles have vacated after the ‘ Big Dig ’ was completed during the last week of May and safety fencing was installed in early June. We officially opened the gate along Island Road on Saturday, June 4 th. ” Read More . . .

Volume 14 - November 2022

“A celebration took place at the Mendota Trailhead on October 14th to officially open 2.5 more miles of trail on our northern end. This was made possible by the restoration of five trestles located in the section known as ‘the gorge'” Read More . . .

Volume 15 - May 2023

“Our shortest bridge on the trail was officially dedicated on May 13th. In keeping with the wishes of the sponsor, the Mitoraj Family, this was a private affair. Attendees were limited to family members, several Board members and volunteers” Read More . . .

Volume 16 - November 2023

“Restoration work on the five remaining trestles (5 – 9) was completed in August, enabling the full connection of the 12.5 mile trail between Bristol and Mendota. This was accompanied by trail surface rehabilitation and ditch work” Read More . . .

Our Latest Newsletter

“Restoration work on the five remaining trestles (5 – 9) was completed in August, enabling the full connection of the 12.5 mile trail between Bristol and Mendota. This was accompanied by trail sur face rehabilitation and ditch work where needed. Safety fencing and directional signage were then installed as finishing touches.

The work was largely funded by a Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation appro priation advanced by our Southwest Virginia legislative team, namely Senator Todd Pillion and Dele gates Terry Kilgore, Israel O’Quinn and Will Wampler. Restoration of Trestle 5 was separately spon sored by a generous private donor, the RasKo Charitable Fund.

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Our Upcoming Events

07/22/23 Creeper Trail Ride to Honor Lawrence the Legend

10/07/23 Creeper Trail Annual Rails to River…Ride for Taylor

10/14/23 Mendota Trail Cut to the Chase 5K and one mile run-walk

10/15/23 Kiss the Gravel bike ride (Mendota Trail)


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Rules for Mendota Trail Use

Only officially announced portions of the trail are open to the public; the rest of the corridor is closed due to dangerous conditions; non-permitted usage is solely at the user’s own risk. Open dawn to dusk. No trespassing on the adjacent private property. No motorized vehicles. No hunting or discharge of firearms. No animals other than leashed non-vicious dogs; dog waste must be disposed of properly. Minors must be accompanied by adults. TRAIL USERS DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK AND BY USING THE TRAIL WAIVE ALL CLAIMS OF INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE AGAINST THE MENDOTA TRAIL CONSERVANCY, INC., ITS AGENTS, VOLUNTEERS, EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS, BOARD MEMBERS, AND REPRESENTATIVES.