Virginia Capital Trail

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Virginia Capital Trail

Virginia Capital Trail is a bicycle and pedestrian trail between Williamsburg, Jamestown and Richmond in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. It is 55 miles (89 km) in length and largely parallels a highway, Virginia Route 5, a Virginia Scenic Byway.

Part of the East Coast Greenway runs along the trail.

The trail ranges in width from eight to ten feet (2.4 to 3.0 m) and is paved with asphalt throughout its entire length to accommodate all modes of non-motorized land transportation. Trail users share the Judith Stewart Dresser Bridge over the Chickahominy River with Route 5 motorists, using a specially designed area physically separated from motor vehicles. Portions of the Virginia Capital Trail first opened in 2006, and the full trail was finally completed in 2015.

Amenities along the Trail include bike rentals, fix-it stations, snack areas, restrooms, geocaching, rain shelters, and a playground at Chickahominy Riverfront Park.

A unique trail[edit]

The name derives from the fact that the trail links the three capitals of the British Colony of Virginia and the Commonwealth of Virginia after independence. As the Trail moves westward from Williamsburg, it passes near the former homes of presidents John Tyler, William Henry Harrison, and Benjamin Harrison. The trail is noted for passing through the habitats of unique wildlife, including one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles in the United States.

Unlike many rail trail projects which utilize former railroad rights-of-way, no railroad was ever built along this corridor. [1]

Sponsoring agencies[edit]

Virginia Capital Trail Foundation (VCTF) is a public-private partnership whose mission is to enhance, promote, manage, and advocate for the continued development of the Virginia Capital Trail. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), a state agency, describes their relationship as "working partners on this unique project."[2]

Sections and dates when completed[edit]

The Virginia Capital Trail was completed in October 2015.[3]

  • Colonial Parkway Phase (added bike trail along existing Colonial National Historical Parkway)
  • Greensprings Phase (2.4 miles) - opened in 2006
  • Chickahominy Phase (4.8 miles) - opened in 2007
  • Sherwood Forest Phase (13 miles) – completed late 2014
  • Charles City Courthouse Phase (7.3 miles) – opened in 2009
  • New Market Heights Phase (10.3 miles) – completed fall 2015
  • Varina/Park Phase (11.3 miles) – completed summer 2015
  • Richmond Riverfront Phase, Section Two (1.5 miles) – completed summer 2015
  • Richmond Riverfront Phase, Section One (.8 miles) – opened in 2010

Noteworthy places on trail or nearby[edit]


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