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Map of the Virginia Capital Trail

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Virginia Capital Trail

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Virginia Capital Trail

LENGTH:

52 miles

SURFACE:

paved

COMMUNITIES:

Richmond, Varina, Charles City, Sherwood Forest, Rustic, Jamestown

HIGHLIGHTS:

Canal Walk, forest, bridge crossing the Chickahominy River, Jamestown Settlement

NEARBY TRAILS:

Canal Walk

James River Park Trails

Greenspring Trail

Powhatan Creek Trail

LINKS:

Richmond

Newport News

Regional Trails

The Virginia Capital Trail is a 52-mile long wide paved pathway that extends from Richmond to Jamestown in Eastern Virginia. The trail goes past the thickly forested area and farmland of the eastern part of the state following alongside the Scenic Route 5 Corridor. A long bridge takes trail users over the Chickahominy River near the confluence with the James River.

The northwest end of the trail starts along the James River near Downtown Richmond. The southeast end of the Virginia Capital Trail is located at the historic Jamestown Settlement. This attraction has three replicas of the ships that the early settlers used to cross the Atlantic, a restored Powhatan Village, museum and shops.

Conditions

The Virginia Capital Trail is paved with asphalt for the entire route and open for non-motorized use such as bike riding and walking. The trail follows alongside the John Tyler Memorial Highway, Route 5, for much of the way.

Communities

The Virginia Capital Trail goes past the following communities: Richmond, Varina, Charles City, Sherwood Forest, Rustic and Jamestown.

Points of Interest

The Virginia Capital Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Downtown Richmond
Great Shiplock Park
Varina Elementary School
Dorey Park & Recreation Center
Four Mile Creek Park
Charles City County High School
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Jamestown High School
Jamestown Settlement
Powhatan Indian Village
Nearby Trails

Canal Walk: The Canal Walk is located along the canal on the south side of Downtown Richmond. The Canal Walk leads directly to the Virginia Capital Trail where Dock Street tucks under Interstate 95.

James River Park Trails: the north end of the Virginia Capital Trail is located near James River Park in the heart of Richmond. The park has a number of paved trails that meander through the greenspace on the south side of the James River.

Greenspring Trail & Powhatan Creek Trail: the trails meet in the community of Jamestown along the southeast end of the Virginia Capital Trail. These trails lead to Jamestown High School, Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School, Governor's Green Shopping Center and residential neighborhoods.

End Points

The northwest end of the Virginia Capital Trail is located at Dock Street where it tucks under Interstate 95. This is also the south end of the Canal Walk.

The southeast end of the trail is located at the historic Jamestown Settlement and Jamestown Beach Park on Route 31 on the James River. This location is to the southwest of the City of Williamsburg.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Virginia Capital Trail.

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