Many residents of the West Piedmont Planning District are familiar with the Danville Riverwalk Trail, located in the City of Danville. In recent years, the approximately 12-mile long Danville Riverwalk Trail has been extended westward along the Dan River to about Advance Street, located approximately 0.4-mile east of the Robertson Bridge/Piedmont Drive. Additionally, the trail is in the process of being extended via a series of phased activities, which include the following:
Danville is the largest city in the West Piedmont Planning District, with a population of 42,360, based on U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 – 2016 American Community Survey. Historically, Danville has played a large role in the tobacco and textile industries, and was once home to internationally-known Dan River Industries.