How long is the trail?
The trail traverses approximately 51.7 miles and four jurisdictions (City of Richmond, Henrico County, Charles City County, James City County). The western terminus trailhead is located at Great Shiplock Park in Richmond, Virginia, and the eastern terminus trailhead is located at the Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Thank you to our friends at Road Tested Bike Tours for this easy to read mileage chart
Is there parking along the trail?
Yes. While there are many areas to park along the trail, the trail consists of nine main access points which include: Great Shiplock Park, Dorey Park, Four Mile Creek, Herring Creek, Charles City Courthouse, Chickahominy Riverfront Park, Mainland Farm, Jamestown High School, and Jamestown Settlement. Please note that not all parking is overnight. You can check out the online trail map as well as a downloadable map for more information.
What kind of surface is the trail?
The trail is paved from trailhead to trailhead and is completely separated from all roads.
What time does the trail open/close?
The trail is open 24/7. If you do choose to use the trail at night, be mindful that people live along the trail as your voice carries.
Where can I find a map of the trail?
There is an online map of the trail as well as a downloadable pdf map that you can print and bring with you.
Does inclement weather close the trail?
Is the trail safe for young kids and families?
The trail is designed for all ages and abilities and is appropriate for families. Following trail rules will help you have a safe and fun adventure whether you are walking, running, skateboarding, biking or some other non-motorized activity. See below for family friendly itineraries.
Will my cell phone work on the trail?
Yes, your cell phone should work on the trail. However, some locations may have spotty reception depending on your carrier.
How can I donate to the trail?
We need your support! Donations can be made online through our donation page. The VCTF’s work is made possible through contributions from people like you, and we thank you for your generosity.
Is there Virginia Capital Trail merchandise I can purchase?
Yes! Visit our online store.
Who do I contact if I have questions that aren’t answered here?
If you have any questions that aren’t listed here, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
What are the trail rules?
- Motorized vehicles are not permitted.
- Be courteous and predictable to other trail users at all times.
- Keep right, always pass on the left, giving audible warning to pedestrians, skaters and other bicyclists.
- Maintain single file when others are within 100'.
- Keep dogs on leash when walking near a trail and clean up after your pet.
Bicyclists and Skaters
- Yield to pedestrians.
- Give audible warning when passing pedestrians, skaters, or bicyclists.
- Ride and skate at a safe speed.
- Slow down and form a single file line in congested conditions, reduced visibility, and other hazardous conditions.
- Speed Limit: 15 mph
- Please stay to the right side of the trail except when otherwise designated.
- Watch for other trail users.
- Be especially alert when running.
- Listen for audible signals and allow faster trail users (runners and bicyclists) to pass safely.
Report illegal activities to the appropriate police:
- James City County: 757-253-1800
- Charles City County: 804-652-4701
- Henrico County: 804-501-5000
- City of Richmond: 804-646-5100
To report maintenance and safety concerns, call 804-788-6455
or Click Below
Is the trail suitable for large groups?
Yes. But we do ask that you remain in single file and stay to the right, do not exceed the speed limit of 15 miles per hour and be aware of other users.
Is the trail free?
Yes! Usage of the trail is completely free, but because we are a nonprofit organization, we depend on contributions from people like you. Any donation is greatly appreciated and we hope you enjoy your experience!
Am I allowed to bring my pet with me on the trail?
Pets are allowed on the trail but they must be on a leash and owners must clean up after them.
Do pedestrians and bikers share the trail?
Yes, pedestrians, bikers, dog-walkers, etc. all share the trail. With so many different user types, knowing the trail rules and being courteous goes a long way toward a safe experience.
Is the trail wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the trail is wheelchair accessible and battery operated wheelchairs are permitted.
Where can I rent a bike?
There are several bike rental operations along the trail. Check out our full listing below.
Are E-bikes allowed?
Yes. E-bikes are allowed. If you’d like to rent one, see below!
Can I bring my moped/motorcycle/golf cart to the trail?
No. The Virginia Capital Trail is a multi-use trail suitable for non-motorized activities only.
Is there a trail shuttle?
Yes. Please visit the Capital Trail Bike Shuttle website for more information.
Are there public restrooms along the trail?
Yes. There are restroom locations marked on our trail map as well as porta potties in some locations.
Are there picnic areas along the trail?
Picnic areas along the trail include: Dorey Park, Chickahominy Riverfront Park, Herring Creek, Harrison Park, Lawrence Lewis Jr. Park, and Jamestown Settlement. Check out the trail map for their locations!
Are there hotels/motels near the trail?
Yes. There are many areas to stay along the trail, especially near the Richmond and Williamsburg trailheads. They are noted on our trail map, and a link to our full listing can be found below.
Are there camping areas near the trail?
Currently, the only place to camp along the Virginia Capital Trail is the Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Located slightly west of mile marker 6.5, Chickahominy Riverfront Park features 120 campsites for groups of various sizes. There are bathhouses, a fishing pier, swimming pool, concessions store, driving range, bike repair station, and more!
Are there bike racks along the trail?
Yes. In most cases, there are bike racks near trailside stores and attractions.
Where can I get my bicycle repaired?
We have bike repair stations (for self-repairs) at most access points. See our map for exact locations. There are also bike shops with service available. For a full listing, please see below.
Who do I contact in the case of a maintenance issue?
Submit an issue online at my.vdot.virginia.com. You can also call 1-800-367-7623, but online submission is preferred.
Who do I contact in the case of an emergency?
What are some activities/attractions along or near the trail?
We have over 45 attractions on our map you can check out. These range from parks and plantations to museums and historical sites. For a full listing of these attractions, their hours, and other information, please visit our attractions page.
Are there places to eat along or near the trail?
Yes, there are many places to eat along and near the trail. Our trail map features over 50 places to eat from Richmond to Williamsburg, and you can also find a list of restaurants below.
What should I bring on the trail?
Think about always being prepared: water, phone, sunscreen, snacks, money and a way to carry everything.
Where can I find Planned itineraries?
We have suggested trips of various lengths for people of all ages, abilities, and interests below.
How do I get involved with the Capital Trail Foundation?
Volunteers and supporters are a huge part of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. We always appreciate extra help! More information can be found by clicking the link below.
How can I see what’s happening at the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation?
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