The Dick and Willie Passage is a 4.5 mile, 10-foot wide paved trail.

This is a beautiful trail that runs through the heart of Martinsville and Henry County Virginia, from El Parral restaurant near Villa Heights to Mulberry Creek east of Martinsville.

The trail can be accessed from four trailheads and restrooms are available at three locations. The trail is on a former section of the Danville & Western (nicknamed the “Dick and Willie”) rail line, which was later acquired by Norfolk Southern.

The new Dick & Willie Passage rail trail is a wonderful new resource for our community.

Guests can access the trail from four trailheads to enjoy miles of running, walking, cycling and in-line skating.

This trail is wheelchair accessible. In addition to being surrounded by nature, the trail offers convenient access to the Uptown Martinsville shopping and dining district that features boutique shops, art galleries, museums, restaurants, two performing arts theaters, discount furniture outlet shopping and a special photo opportunity with America’s largest wooden chair.

Both residents and visitors may borrow a bike and helmet to ride for free through the “Bike MHC” program at the Doyle St. Trailhead. This service is available on the following days:

Tuesdays from 11 am to 2 pm
Thursdays from 3-6 pm
Saturdays (1st, 4th & 5th) from 8 am-12 pm
Saturdays (2nd & 3rd) from 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Fall is a great time to visit Willie and Dick Rail Trail.

Try this trail on a cool and clear and crisp fall day. What a splendid ride. 100% paved; mostly a gentle uphill grade for about 2 miles then down. The length is about 4.5 miles (one way) for a perfect trip length out and back. The return trip will be mostly downhill and fast. The trip takes you through a number of different commercial and residential neighborhoods and offers natives a whole new perspective of travel through the town.

The view ranges from urban to woodsy with only one crossing of a traffic road. Attractive wooden fencing adorns several short stretches. The paved surface is awesome.

Much care and thought has gone into trail planning with the placement of several port-a-potties and bench seats at various appropriate spots along the way.

What a wonderful trail for little ole Martinsville, VA. Why you can even stop for lunch at Dominoes pizza which is almost on the trail.

 

You don’t ride this trail without meeting friends along the way so allow plenty of time!

Parking and Trail Access:

Trail can be accessed at one of four locations:

1. Virginia Avenue at 220 Business

2. Liberty Street at Jones Creek

3. Doyle Street

4. Fisher St and Brookdale

Interactive Map