ATV riding trail added to Heritage Park

Published 6:32 pm Friday, January 24, 2020

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By Diana McFarland


ATV trail riding will be added as an amenity at Isle of Wight’s Heritage Park in Windsor.

The roughly one mile track will consist of a multiple looping trails, and a training and picnic area, according to Isle of Wight Parks and Recreation Director David Smith at Thursday’s (Jan. 16) Board of Supervisors meeting.

There will also be an area for competitions.

The Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors approved a matching grant for $78,200 from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for the preliminary engineering portion of the project. Overall, the ATV trails are estimated to cost $428,898, with a cost to the county of $85,779, said Smith.

“The general consensus is this trail will be extremely busy,” said Smith, adding that the estimate is 1,000 riders a year.  Smith mentioned some local clubs have expressed interest in the facility.

Smith said that the trails will be accessed through a fee system, with a higher fee for out-of-county users, and similar to the skate park at Nike Park.

“There’s a lot of demand for this type of facility,” he said.

The request for an ATV trail came up during the master planning period for Heritage Park.

DIANA MCFARLAND is editor of The Smithfield Times. Contact her at