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Answers to the most common wonderings about the ERT

frequently asked questions

Is the ERT free?

The ERT is free and open for everyone! Walkers, runners, cyclists, skateboarders, pets, etc.

What should I bring on the trail?

Preparation makes for a great day on the trail. Bring water, sunscreen, snacks, phone, money, and a way to carry everything.

Are pets allowed on the trail?

Yes. Please remember to keep dogs on a leash not to exceed 6 feet and always clean up after your pets.

Are there public restrooms along the trail?

Many trail-adjacent businesses offer restrooms to trail users. They are less frequent in the northernmost residential section of the trail, so plan accordingly.

Who do I contact in case of emergencies?

For emergencies, dial 911. To report illegal activities, contact Norfolk police at (757) 441-5610.

Who do I contact in case of a maintenance issue?

To report maintenance or non-emergency safety concerns, email

Who are trail ambassadors?

Trail Ambassadors are volunteers with vests. They perform patrols that help keep the ERT safe, clean, and fun for everyone. For more information about our bi-annual ambassador trainings, email

Where can I find planned itineraries?

With 10.5 miles of trail, there are many great routes to explore. Pro tip: Follow ERT on Strava to see fun rides and runs from other trail users and share your own!

Where can I rent bikes?

There’s never a shortage of Lime electric bikes available along the trail. Pedego Electric Bikes are close to the downtown section of trail and available to rent by the hour.

How do I find cool ERT gear?

At our ERT Merch Shop! Find the perfect gift for the trail lover in your life.

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