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Henrico County

Clarke-Palmore House Museum

904 McCoul St Henrico, VA 23231

Built-in stages beginning in 1819, John Clarke purchased this property in 1855 and added the second story. His daughter and Estelle and her husband John Palmore added the clapboard section in 1910. In 1999, Vera Morton, daughter of John and Estelle Palmore, donated the house and 12 acres to Henrico County.

Open by appointment only
Phone: (804) 652-3411
Virginia Capital Trail location: Slightly west of mile marker 49, .2 miles east of trail

New Market Heights

3300 New Market Rd, Henrico, VA

On September 29, 1864, this ground was the scene of combat as Union Gen. Benjamin F. Butler directed a two-pronged attack on Confederate defenses.

Phone: (804) 501-7275
Virginia Capital Trail location: Mile marker 40

Deep Bottom Park & Four Mile Creek

9525 Deep Bottom Road, Henrico, VA 23231

Ride your boat, pier fish, or picnic on the James River. Deep Bottom Park features two boat ramps for access to the James River and a canoe launch on Four Mile Creek. Picnic facilities and fishing are also available at this site. The boat ramps are available twenty-four hours a day to launch and retrieve boats. The park grounds are open from dawn to dusk. 

Open daily from dawn to dusk
Phone: (804) 501-5127
Virginia Capital Trail location: Slightly east of mile marker 38.5

Richmond National Battlefield Park

8301 Willis Church Road, Henrico, VA 23231
(Visitor Center)

The Glendale/Malvern Hill Battlefield Visitor Center provides an orientation to major 1862 battles of the Seven Days Campaign. The Battle of Glendale or Frayser's Farm occurred on June 30, followed by the Battle of Malvern Hill on July 1. The visitors center has electronic maps and displays on the two days of battle. The immediate area of Glendale National Cemetery holds nearly 1200 graves.

Phone: (804) 226-1981
Virginia Capital Trail location: Mile marker 35.5, about 1.5 miles north of trail


Dorey Park and Recreation Center

2999 Darbytown Road, Henrico, VA 23231

Available for rent, Dorey Recreation Center is an ideal facility for various size gatherings, celebrations, meetings, or retreats. Dorey Recreation Center is located within beautiful Dorey Park. The park includes a large pond with walking trail, meandering walkways through the woods, a playground, and open space as well as a gazebo and picnic shelters. Dorey Park also has an off-leash dog park, 1 acre in size, with 5 foot enclosed fence with two areas – one for small dogs and the other for larger dogs. A variety of classes and events are offered for both children and adults throughout the year. Also featured at Dorey Park is an 18 hole disc golf course!
Phone: (804) 652-1440
Disc Golf Phone: (804) 501-5127
Virginia Capital Trail location: Mile marker 42

Virginia State Capitol

1000 Bank St, Richmond, VA 23218

The Capitol of Virginia was designed in 1785 by Thomas Jefferson with help from Charles Louis Clerisseau while Jefferson was serving as U. S. Minister to France. The Virginia General Assembly occupied the Capitol in 1788, and members of the Virginia executive and judicial branches moved into the building in 1789. It is the first American State Capitol designed after the Revolutionary War and the first public building in the New World to be constructed in the form of a classical Roman temple. The east wing of the House of Delegates and the west wing of the Senate of Virginia were opened in 1906 and remain in use by lawmakers today.

Open Monday – Saturday: 9AM – 5PM
Sunday: 1PM – 5PM
Phone: (804) 698-1788
Virginia Captial Trail location: 1.3 miles off Great Shiplock Park trailhead

Belle Isle

300 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219

Part of the James River Park System, the main access to Belle Isle is by pedestrian footbridge from Tredegar St. on the north shore. Alternate access is by the wooden bridge near 22nd St. or by rock-hopping from the south shore. Large flat rocks surrounding the island make for good sunbathing, but the powerful Hollywood Rapids are not to be toyed with and are not suitable for swimming. Children should be supervised. Additional features include wooded trails, mountain biking trails, interpreted historical sites, wheelchair-accessible fishing at the quarry pond, and a granite wall for rock climbing.

Virginia Capital Trail location: 2.1 miles off Great Shiplock Park trailhead

Belle Isle Bike Skills Area

Located on Belle Isle

The Belle Isle Bike Skills Course includes a pump track, rock gardens, rock drops, skinny logs, and rocks made with old granite curb stones. The course is supposed to be an introduction to mountain biking and allow new riders a chance to improve their skills away from the challenges of the real James River Park System trails.

Virginia Capital Trail location: 2.1 miles off Great Shiplock Park trailhead

The Valentine Museum

1015 East Clay St, Richmond, VA 23219

The Valentine has been collecting, preserving, and interpreting Richmond’s 400-year history for over a century. Located in the heart of historic downtown, the Valentine is a place for residents and tourists to discover the diverse stories that tell the broader history of this important region.

Open Tuesday – Sunday: 10AM – 5PM
Phone: (804) 649-0711
Virginia Capital Trail location: 2.2 miles off Great Shiplock Park trailhead

Virginia Holocaust Museum

2000 East Cary St, Richmond, VA 23223

The Virginia Holocaust Museum preserves and documents the Holocaust in exhibits and its archival collections. Through the permanent exhibit, educational programming, and outreach, the museum employs the history of the Holocaust and other genocides to educate and inspire future generations of Virginians to fight prejudice and indifference.

Open Monday – Friday: 9AM – 5PM
Saturday & Sunday: 11PM – 5PM
Phone: (804) 257-5400 or (804) 257-4314
Virginia Capital Trail location: .8 miles off Great Shiplock Park trailhead

Browns Island

South 7th St, Richmond, VA 23219

With the James River running through downtown Richmond, Virginia, this island serves as a wonderful spot to observe a stretch of urban waterway. The park, a stone’s throw from downtown, is connected to the popular Canal Walk. Festivals, concerts, and art displays are common attractions. Besides being a music venue, the island is also home to pathways and is a popular place for sightseeing. Visible from the island is the Belle Isle, the Manchester Bridge, and the ruins of the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge. The Rivanna Subdivision Trestle crosses the island, making it a popular destination for railfans too.

Open sunrise till sunset
Virginia Capital Trail location: 1.8 miles off Great Shiplock Park trailhead

Tyler Potterfield Bridge

T. Tyler Potterfield Pedestrian Bridge, Richmond, VA 23219

The T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge, named after the deceased city manager who oversaw the project, connects Brown’s Island to Manchester. This bridge is perfect for pedestrian crossing and cyclists, as well as is wheelchair accessible. Richmond Magazine stated that the bridge is “seen as a symbolic link joining the city’s north and south sides.”

Virginia Capital Trail location: 1.9 miles off Great Shiplock Park trailhead

Virginia Historical Society

428 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220

The mission of the Virginia Historical Society is to connect people to America's past through the unparalleled story of Virginia. By collecting, preserving, and interpreting the Commonwealth's history, they link past with present and inspire future generations.

Open Monday – Saturday: 10AM – 5PM
Sunday: 10AM – 5PM (Galleries & Museum Shop)
Phone: (804) 358-4901
Virginia Capital Trail location: 4.0 miles off Great Shiplock Park trailhead