The developing Historic Virginia & Truckee Trail inhabits one of the most famous railroads in Nevada History. The corridor dates back to 1868, when the Virginia and Truckee Railroad was built by the Bank of California to carry ore from the Comstock silver mines of Virginia City to the processing mills along the Carson River.
The rail corridor’s new life as the Historic Virginia and Truckee Trail will connect five counties, five cities and six museums. Portions of the trail have already been constructed; Carson City, the state capital, has several miles of the V&T on the ground. And bicyclists ride along much of the old route, without even realizing it, through Washoe and Pleasant Valleys in Washoe County.
Once complete, the rail-trail will also link together a handful of regionally and nationally significant trails such as the 1,800-mile Pony Express Trail and the 114-mile Tahoe Pyramid Trail. Through connections to those trails and others in Carson City and Douglas and Washoe counties, travelers can also reach the Tahoe Rim Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.