2006 May 04

Emerald Necklace
- Historic Span Is Part of Regional Trails Network -

Wins Scenic Virginia Top Award


Roanoke River Rails-To-Trails "Tobacco Heritage Trail"
Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail - Staunton River
Directions

Recreation Map
Recreation Map
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pdf

Historic & Natural Resources Map
Historic & Natural Resources Map

Bridge Photos
Photos
Aerial Photo

Letters of Endorsement
Letters of Endorsement

River Chart
River Chart

Staunton River Tour
Staunton River Tour

Staunton River Batteau Poster
Staunton River Museum Exhibit

Bridge History
Bridge History

Cleanup Day at Clarkton Bridge
Cleaning Up The Entrance

Historic Clarkton Bridge A treasure from Southside Virginia’s past, an asset for its future

1901 BUILT BY A LOCAL PARTNERSHIP
1932 ACCEPTED INTO STATE ROAD SYSTEM
1998 CLOSED TO TRAFFIC
2001-2003 SCHEDULED FOR DEMOLITION
2003 GRANTED A “LAST CHANCE” DEMOLITION REPRIEVE BY VIRGINIA SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION
2005 REOPENED TO THE PUBLIC

Resource for outdoor recreation and nature tourism
• A key link for a network of walking, bicycling, and horseback riding trails
• Nominated as a stop on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
• Accessible by canoe from boat landing below bridge
• Upstream from Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation’s conservation area

Easily adapted for access
• A unique 10,000 sq. ft. platform, high above a State Scenic River, in a near wilderness setting
• An opportunity for individuals with limited mobility to enjoy birding and wildlife watching on the Staunton Scenic River

Heritage tourism attraction
• Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
• Within six miles of Red Hill, Patrick Henry’s last home
• Upstream from Staunton River Battlefield State Park
• Near Mulberry Hill Plantation, new addition to state parks system
• Potential open air exhibit of engineering and transportation history

Asset for economic development
• Tourism is proven economic development strategy for rural areas
• Nature tourism and heritage tourism are fast growing travel industry sectors, nationwide and in Virginia
• Southside Virginia is within one day’s drive of more than 50% of nation’s population



For additional information, contact CLARKTON BRIDGE ALLIANCE,
c/o P.O. Box 75, Keysville, VA 23947 Telephone 434-476-6384. pkpettus@hotmail.com




Bridge photo showing Fox Rock in the morning hours.

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Resources:

News Stories

Agencies & Organizations

Historic Bridges of the U. S. - The Bridge Hunter
Roanoke River Rails-To-Trails "Tobacco Heritage Trail"
Historic Bridges of Virginia
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record
• APVA - The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities - Preservation Virginia
• DGIF - Va. Birding and Wildlife Trail, Va. Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
• DHR - Va. Department of Historic Resources
• SPDC - Southside Planning District Commission
• DCR - Va. Department of Conservation & Recreation
Old Dominion RC&D
Staunton River Battlefield State Park
Historic Staunton River Foundation


Fort Mitchell Depot Photo            VA Tech Images Web site

Keysville Depot Image 1       Image 2
For more information contact P.K. Pettus, 434-390-2632, or Carl Espy, IV, 434-476-2343.




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