Virginia Capitol Trail

The Virginia Capital Trail is a dedicated, paved pedestrian and bicycle trail that connects the Commonwealth’s past and present capitals of Jamestown and Richmond along the Scenic Route 5 corridor. The Trail traverses approximately 52 miles, four jurisdictions, and more than 400 years of history along one of the first inland routes in North America.

photo: Type: Equestrian Trail, Fitness Trail, Greenway, Nature Trail, Rail Trail, Urban Trail
Length: 51.70 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Camping
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Skateboarding
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: WILLIAMSBURG to RICHMOND VA - Separated, paved trail follows historic VA-Route 5 from Richmond to Williamsburg.

States: Virginia
Counties: James City, Charles City, Henrico
Latitude: 37.22758   Longitude: -76.78239

Northern starting point in Richmond, VA is located at the trailhead in Great Shiplock Park (2803 Dock Street - Richmond, VA 23223) and Southern starting point in Williamsburg, VA is located at the trailhead in the Jamestown Settlement (2110 Jamestown Road - Williamsburg, VA 23185).

Description

The Virginia Capital Trail (VCT) is a 52 mile paved, pedestrian and bicycle path that follows one of the earliest inland routes in North America. The Trail was first blazed by Native Americans including the Indians of the Powhatan Confederacy and later by the colonists from the first permanent English settlement in 1607. The VCT connects Virginia's past and present capitals of Jamestowne, Williamsburg and Richmond along a scenic corridor that links Revolutionary and Civil War national battlefields, historic James River plantations and the homes of two U.S. Presidents, a nature preserve, and the Richmond Kanawha Canal Walk.

The VCT provides both recreational access and a safe off-road alternative for Transamerica cyclists (Bike Route 76) along the Scenic Route 5 corridor and was recently designated as the mid-point link for the East Coast Greenway. Interpretive signage, kiosks and other enhancements are being added by the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. This Trail was completed in October of 2015. Additional information regarding the VCT can be found on the website: http://virginiacapitaltrail.org

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 2%
Elevation Low Point: 15
Elevation High Point: 35
Year Designated: 2007

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: Trail Logo
Document: Trail User Pic
Document: Trail Bridge
Document: Rural Trail Pic

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Information Contact:
Beth Weisbrod
Executive Director
Virginia Capital Trail Foundation
200 South 3rd Street
Richmond , VA 23219
(804) 788-6455
info@virginiacapitaltrail.org
http://virginiacapitaltrail.org

 

Photos

Greensprings boardwalk. Photo by Doug Ellis.

Greensprings boardwalk. Photo by Doug Ellis.

Trail opening November 21, 1006. Photo by Doug Ellis.

Trail opening November 21, 1006. Photo by Doug Ellis.

 

 Photo by Doug Ellis.

Photo by Doug Ellis.

 Photo by Doug Ellis.

Photo by Doug Ellis.

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