Virginia Capital Trail Description
A paved pedestrian and bike path, the Virginia Capital Trail, once completed, will span from
Downtown Richmond to Jamestown and Williamsburg, terminating at the Governor's Mansion in Colonial Williamsburg. The trail name signifies that it will connect the two prior Virginia Capitals to the current seat of government in Richmond.
When completed in 2014, it will span 54 miles of the the history rich Route 5 corridor. As of early 2011, 3 sections have been completed, including a 7 mile section that begins at the Jamestown Visitor Center, a 7.5 mile section in Charles City County, and a 1/2 mile section in downtown Richmond that links into to the Canal Walk and the James River Park System.
Along the route, you will find numerous historical markers about events that took place in the surrounding area. In addition, the Charles City County segment of the route has numerous plantations listed on the National Register of Historic Places, some of which are open to the public. Two of the plantations are Sherwood Forest which was the home of President John Tyler and Berkeley Plantation, the birthplace of President William Henry Harrison.
Note: there are several road crossings along the route. Please use caution at these intersections.