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Great Shiplock Park to Cul’s Courthouse Grille

Length: 31 miles (call Capital Trail Bike Shuttle in advance)

  • Start: Mile marker 51.2 (Great Shiplock Park)
  • Finish: Mile marker 20.5 (Cul’s Courthouse Grille/Capital Trail Bike Shuttle pick-up)

Parking: Overnight and day parking available at Great Shiplock Park; Riverfront Parking lot on Wharf Street

Attractions along the trip:

  • Great Shiplock Park (Mile Marker 51.2)
  • Libby Hill Park (.5 miles from the Great Shiplock Park trailhead)
  • Virginia Holocaust Museum (.8 miles past the Great Shiplock Park trailhead)
  • Rocketts Landing (1.2 miles east of Great Shiplock Park trailhead
  • Clarke-Palmore House Museum (Slightly west of mile marker 49, .2 miles north of trail)
  • Dorey Park and Recreation Center (Slightly east of mile marker 42)
  • New Market Heights (Slightly east of mile marker 40)
  • Deep Bottom Park & Four Mile Creek (Slightly east of mile marker 38.5, 2 miles south of trail)
  • Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center (Mile marker 35.5, about 3.0 miles north of trail)
  • Shirley Plantation (Slightly west of mile marker 30, about 2.5 miles south of trail)
  • Edgewood Plantation (Slightly west of mile marker 27, .5 miles north of trail)
  • Berkeley Plantation (1 mile south of mile marker 27)
  • Westover Plantation (2.5 miles south of mile marker 27)
  • Westover Church (Slightly west of mile marker 25, .3 miles south of trail)

Itinerary

Fuel up for your trip with a bite to eat from Poe’s Pub, Millie’s Diner, or a coffee from Starbucks. If you have time to visit some Richmond attractions before setting off, within less than a mile of the trailhead is Libby Hill Park as well as the Virginia Holocaust Museum. For the first leg of the of the journey, enjoy stunning views of the James River and Rockett’s Landing as you bike along the Richmond Riverfront Phase of the trail. Visit The Kickstand, which you’ll see just minutes into your trip, for any biking needs or simply to say hi as you pass by. As you enter the Varina Park phase one of the first attractions you will come to is the Clarke-Palmore house museum located just west of mile marker 49. If you want a tour, make sure you call and make reservations! You can also stop just past mile marker 48 for snacks and refreshments at 7-11 if need be. Continuing along the trail, you will see Ronnie’s BBQ, a must-try lunch spot, just west of mile marker 45. Slightly east of mile marker 42 you will arrive at Dorey Park and Recreation Center. At the park enjoy an 18-hole disc golf course, playground for the kids, walking trail, pond, restroom, and wide-open space! Continue along the trail past Four Mile Creek Park until you arrive at New Market Heights slightly east of mile marker 40. Explore this historic attraction, enjoy some ice cream from Dairy Queen, or continue your journey along the trail. Just a mile and a half ahead, at mile marker 38.5, is the entrance for Deep Bottom Park and Four mile Creek. Pier fish, picnic, or just relax at this location just 2 miles south of the trail. Just another few miles up the trail, 3 miles north of mile marker 35.5, get a dose of Richmond history at the Richmond National Battlefield Park visitor center. Continue down the trail and at mile marker 28 if you want a break head north to Harrison Park. Harrison Park is a 19-acre park with a bike/jogging trail, picnic areas, shelters, tennis courts, soccer fields, and more. When you’re ready, head back to the trail and continue down the Charles City Courthouse phase. At mile marker 27, Edgewood Plantation is located just half a mile north of the trail, with Berkeley Plantation and Westover Plantation a few miles south. When you are ready to resume your trip along the trail, your next attraction will be the historic Westover church located slightly west of mile marker 25. Finally, finish up the last few miles of your trip and end up at Cul’s Courthouse Grille. Here, you can relax and enjoy a meal while waiting for the free Capital Trail Bike Shuttle to take you back to Great Shiplock Park.

Four Mile Creek Park to Cul’s Courthouse Grille

Length: 40 miles round trip

  • Start: Mile marker 40 (Capital Trail Bike Shuttle location at Four Mile Creek Park)
  • Turnaround point: Mile marker 20.5 (Cul’s Courthouse Grille/Capital Trail Bike Shuttle pick-up

Parking: Parking by Four Mile Creek trailhead

Attractions along the trip

  • Deep Bottom Park & Four Mile Creek (Slightly east of mile marker 38.5, 2.0 miles south of trail)
  • Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center (Mile marker 35.5, about 3 miles north of trail)
  • Shirley Plantation (Slightly west of mile marker 30, about 2.5 miles south of trail)
  • Edgewood Plantation (Slightly west of mile marker 27, .5 miles north of trail)
  • Berkeley Plantation (1 mile south of mile marker 27)
  • Westover Plantation (2.5 miles south of mile marker 27)
  • Westover Church (Slightly west of mile marker 25, .3 miles south of trail)

 Itinerary

This trip, similar to the plantation trip, begins on the New Market Heights trail phase starting at mile marker 40. Before the trip, grab some refreshments and snacks for the road at the Exon station – there are not a lot of places to get food along this route! After setting off, you will see Deep Bottom Park and Four Mile Creek at mile marker 38.5 if you want to take a detour and check them out. 3 miles north of mile marker 35.5, get a dose of Richmond history at the Richmond National Battlefield Park visitor center. Continue down the trail and at mile marker 28 head north to Harrison Park to take a break. Harrison Park is a 19-acre park with a bike/jogging trail, picnic areas, shelters, tennis courts, soccer fields, and more. When you’re ready, head back to the trail and continue down the Charles City Courthouse phase. At mile marker 27, Edgewood Plantation is located just half a mile north of the trail, with Berkeley Plantation and Westover Plantation a few miles south. When you are ready to resume your trip along the trail, your next attraction will be the historic Westover church located slightly west of mile marker 25. Finally, finish up the last few miles and end up at Cul’s Courthouse Grille. From here, rest up and make the 20 mile trip back on your bike!

The Plantations Tour

Length: 40 miles of trail (additional miles for off-trail paths to plantations)

  • Start: Mile marker 40 (Four Mile Creek Bike Shuttle location)
  • Turnaround point: In between mile marker 20 and 21 (Cul’s Courthouse Gille/Bike Shuttle location)

Parking: Park at Four Mile Creek trailhead

Attractions along the trip

  • Shirley Plantation (Slightly west of mile marker 30, about 2.5 miles south of trail)
  • Edgewood Plantation (Slightly west of mile marker 27, .5 miles north of trail)
  • Berkeley Plantation (1 mile south of mile marker 27)
  • Westover Plantation (2.5 miles south of mile marker 27)
  • North Bend Plantation (Slightly west of mile marker 18.5, 1 mile south of trail)
  • Kittiewan Plantation (Slightly west of mile marker 18.5, 1 mile south of trail)

Itinerary

For this trip along the Virginia Capital Trail, you’ll have to do a little planning of your own. From the Capital Trail Bike Shuttle location at Four Mile Creek to the Shuttle location at Cul’s Courthouse Grille, there are 6 plantations you can visit. Along the trail, this tour spans 20 miles. However, off-trail riding in order to get to the plantations totals more than 10 miles of additional travel, so you may have to choose which plantations you want to see the most! The Shirley Plantation is about 2.5 miles south of mile marker 30 and features eight original buildings as well as offers tours, special events, and hands-on programs. Visit their website for their hours. The Edgewood plantation is an easy visit open daily from 10:30 – 4:30 and is only half a mile north of mile marker 27. The Berkeley Plantation, located 1 mile south of mile marker 27, is one of Virginia’s most historic. It’s the birthplace of the ninth U.S. president and the location of the first official Thanksgiving. It opens an hour before Edgewood plantation, so perhaps start here and make the mile and a half trip north to Edgewood when you are finished. The Westover Plantation, located 2.5 miles south of mile marker 27, was built by William Byrd II, founder of Richmond and Petersburg, and includes self-guided grounds tours, and a house tour if you call ahead. A little less than 10 miles east of Westover plantation are the Kittiewan and North Bend Plantations located 1 mile south of mile marker 18.5. Kittiewan has house tours the 2nd Saturday of each month from April to December, and North Bend is open daily. Head to Cul’s Courthouse Grille, located in between mile markers 20 and 21, and enjoy a nice meal before heading back west to Four Mile Creek.

Jamestown Settlement to Cul’s Courthouse Grille

Length: 41 miles round trip

  • Start: Mile marker 0 (Jamestown Settlement eastern trailhead)
  • Turnaround point: Mile marker 20.5 (Cul’s Courthouse Grille/Capital Trail Bike Shuttle pick-up)

Parking: Free parking at Jamestown Settlement (9am – 5pm); Overnight parking at James City County Marina with permit obtained at Marina Store

Attractions along the trip:

  • Jamestown Settlement (.5 miles past Jamestown trailhead)
  • Powhatan Village (.5 miles past Jamestown trailhead)
  • Susan Constant (.5 miles past Jamestown trailhead)
  • Jamestown Beach Event Park (.5 miles past Jamestown trailhead)
  • James City County Marina (.5 miles past Jamestown trailhead)
  • Jamestown 4-H Education Center (Slightly east of mile marker .5, about .4 miles south of trail)
  • Carlton Farms (About .3 miles south of mile marker .8)
  • Veterans Park (Mile marker 2, about 3 miles north of trail)
  • Freedom Park (Slightly west of mile marker 2, 4.9 miles north of trail)
  • Chickahominy Riverfront Park (Slightly west of mile marker 6.5)
  • Fort Pocahontas at Wilson’s Wharf (Slightly east of mile marker 15.5, 1.5 miles south of trail)
  • Piney Grove at Southall’s Plantation (Slightly east of mile marker 15.5, 5 miles north of trail)
  • Kittiewan Plantation (Slightly west of mile marker 18.5, 1 mile south of trail)
  • North Bend Plantation (Slightly west of mile marker 18.5, 1 mile south of trail)
  • Belle Air Plantation (Slightly west of mile marker 19.5)
  • Charles City County Visitor Center & Courthouse (Slightly west of mile marker 20)

Itinerary

Before you start your trip, grab a quick bite to eat at the Jamestown Settlement Café right near the eastern trailhead. If you’d like, before setting off explore the many historic attractions near the trailhead such as the Jamestown Settlement, Powhatan Village, Susan Constant, and more. After you begin your journey, starting at mile marker 0, the first major attraction you will come to is the Chickahominy Riverfront Park located slightly west of mile marker 6.5 right before the bridge. Take a pit stop at the park and visit the bike repair station, rent kayaks, hit the driving rage, swim, or relax in the shade and enjoy snacks from the concessions store. See the website (http://www.jamescitycountyva.gov/687/Park-Fees) for park-fee information. When you’re ready, hop back on your bike and continue over the bridge for the next leg of your trip! The next phase of your trip will be through the Sherwood Forest, with Porta Potties sporadically located along the trail for your convenience. Just before mile marker 13, stop for quick refreshments at the Sandy Point Superette if needed. Continuing on the trail, located slightly west of mile point 16.5 you will see the Sherwood Forest Plantation – home of the 10th U.S. President John Tyler. If you arrive between the hours of 9am and 5pm you can give yourself a self-guided tour. Finally, between mile markers 20 and 21 arrive at the turnaround point, Cul’s Courthouse Grille, and enjoy a well-deserved meal before biking 20 miles back to the Jamestown Settlement trailhead.

Four Mile Creek to Harrison Park

Length: 26 miles round trip

  • Start: Mile marker 40 (Four Mile Creek)
  • Turnaround point: Mile marker 27 (Harrison Park)

Parking: Parking by Four Mile Creek

Attractions along the trip:

  • New Market Heights (Slightly east of mile marker 40)
  • Deep Bottom Park and Four Mile Creek (Slightly east of mile marker 38.5, 2 miles south of trail)
  • Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center (Mile marker 35.5, 3 miles north of trail)
  • Shirley Plantation (Slightly west of mile marker 30, about 2.5 miles south of trail)
  • Edgewood Plantation (Slightly west of mile marker 27, .5 miles north of trail)

Itinerary

Park in the Four Mile Creek Trailhead parking lot and head west on the Varina Park phase of the trail. Almost instantly you will see New Market Heights – a civil war battleground. As you continue along the trail, 2 miles south of mile marker 38.5 is Deep Bottom Park where you can pier fish and picnic. The next attraction you will come to is another Civil War location, Richmond National Battlefield Park, and it is located just 3 miles north of mile marker 35.5. Virginia’s first planation, Shirley Plantation founded in 1613, is located about 2.5 miles south of mile marker 30. Tours of the plantation are available but see the website for detailed hours. Harrison Park, the turnaround point, is located north of mile marker 27 and features a bike/jogging trail, two tennis courts, a football/soccer field, a basketball court, a playground, and a tot lot. Enjoy a picnic and the park amenities and then head south to get back on the trail and return to Four Mile Creek.

Charles City Courthouse to Chickahominy Riverfront Park

Length: About 28 miles round trip

  • Start: Slightly west of mile marker 20 (Charles City Courthouse)
  • Turnaround point: Slightly west of mile marker 6.5 (Chickahominy Riverfront Park)

Parking: Plentiful parking at Charles City Courthouse near Visitors Center

Attractions along the trip:

  • Charles City Courthouse (Slightly west of mile marker 20)
  • North Bend Plantation (Slightly west of mile marker 18.5, 1 mile south of trail)
  • Kittiewan Plantation (Slightly west of mile marker 18.5, 1 mile south of trail)
  • Sherwood Forest Plantation (Slightly west of mile marker 16.5)
  • Fort Pocahontas at Wilson’s Wharf (Slightly east of mile marker 15.5, 1.5 miles south of trail)
  • Piney Grove at Southall’s Plantation (Slightly east of mile marker 15.5, 5 miles north of trail)
  • Chickahominy Riverfront Park (Slightly west of mile marker 6.5)

Itinerary

 Beginning at the Charles City Courthouse, this trip takes you through the entirety of the Sherwood Forest phase of the Virginia Capital Trail while allowing you the opportunity to visit several historic plantations along the way. Stock up on snacks or refreshments at Haupt’s Country Store before setting off through the forest. Just a mile south of mile marker 18.5 you can visit the North Bend Plantation as well as Kittiewan Plantation. Make sure to visit their websites for detailed information. Slightly west of mile marker 16.5 you can visit the Sherwood Forest Plantation, home of 10th U.S. President John Tyler, and give yourself a self-guided tour in between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Slightly east of mile marker 15.5, you’ll have the opportunity to head south off of the trail and visit Fort Pocahontas at Wilson’s Wharf, or head north off of the trail and visit Piney Grove at Southall’s Plantation. Whenever you continue your journey along the trail, you’ll come to the Sandy Point Superette at mile marker 13. Stock up on snacks and/or refreshments here as this is the last stop until you reach Chickahominy Riverfront Park. When you arrive at your destination, Chickahominy Riverfront Park, visit the bike repair station, rent kayaks, hit the driving range, swim, or relax in the shade and enjoy snacks from the concessions store. See the website (http://www.jamescitycountyva.gov/687/Park-Fees) for park-fee information. When you’re well rested and ready to make the trip home, hop on your bike and head back through the Sherwood Forest to the Charles City Courthouse.

Great Shiplock Park to Four Mile Creek Trailhead

Length: 22.4 miles round trip

  • Start: Mile marker 51.2 (Great Shiplock Park western trailhead)
  • Turnaround point: Mile marker 40 (Four Mile Creek)

Parking: Free parking in Great Shiplock Park lot; $10 overnight parking/ $5 12-hour parking in Scott Lot (1504 East Cary Street)

Attractions along the trip:

  • Great Shiplock Park (Mile Marker 51.2)
  • Libby Hill Park (.5 miles from the Great Shiplock Park trailhead)
  • Virginia Holocaust Museum (.8 miles past the Great Shiplock Park trailhead)
  • Rocketts Landing (1.2 miles east of Great Shiplock Park trailhead)
  • Clarke-Palmore House Museum (Slightly west of mile marker 49, .2 miles north of trail)
  • Dorey Park and Recreation Center (Slightly east of mile marker 42)
  • New Market Heights (Slightly east of mile marker 40)
  • Deep Bottom Park & Four Mile Creek (Slightly east of mile marker 38.5, 2 miles south of trail)

Itinerary

Fuel up for your trip with a bite to eat from Poe’s Pub, Millie’s Diner, or a coffee from Starbucks. For the first leg of the journey, enjoy scenic views of the James River and Rockett’s Landing as you bike along the Richmond Riverfront Phase of the trail. Visit The Kickstand, which you’ll see just minutes into your trip, for any biking needs or simply to say hi as you pass by. As you enter the Varina Park phase one of the first attractions you will come to is the Clarke-Palmore house museum. If you want a tour, make sure you call and make reservations! You can stop just past mile marker 48 for snacks and refreshments at 7-11 if need be. Continuing along the trail, you will see Ronnie’s BBQ, a must-try lunch spot, just west of mile marker 45. Slightly east of mile marker 42 you will arrive at Dorey Park and Recreation Center. At the park enjoy an 18-hole disc golf course, playground for the kids, walking trail, pond, restroom, and wide-open space! To finish the first half of your trip, ride along the trail until you arrive at Four Mile Creek Park. Before turning around to bike a round-trip, visit the battleground of New Market Heights or enjoy some celebratory ice cream from Dairy Queen.

Dorey Park and Recreation Center to Ronnie’s BBQ

Length: 6 miles round trip

  • Start: Just east of mile marker 42 (Dorey Park and Recreation Center)
  • Turnaround point: Slightly east of mile marker 45 (Ronnie’s BBQ)

Parking: Parking at Dorey Park – Drive to the far end of the park from the entrance

Attractions along the trip:

  • Dorey Park and recreation center (Just east of mile marker 42)
  • Ronnie’s BBQ (Just east of mile marker 45)

*Great for kids*

Itinerary

Yet another easy ride along the Virginia Capital Trail that is perfect for kids, this ride begins at the beautiful Dorey Park. Dorey Park includes a large pond, walking trail, walkways through the woods, a playground, picnic shelters and more! Dorey Park also offers an 18 hole disc golf course! The choice is yours: either stay awhile and enjoy the park, or enjoy it after your trip! Start your trip by heading west on the trail through the Varina Park phase. If you need refreshments, feel free to stop at the Fast Mart or Rite Aid near mile marker 44. Otherwise, head straight through until you reach Ronnie’s BBQ located just east of mile marker 45. Enjoy an excellent Southern-Style BBQ meal and then head back on the trail to Dorey Park to enjoy the rest of your day!

Great Shiplock Park to Ronnie’s BBQ

Length: 12.5 miles round trip

  • Start: Mile marker 51.2 (Great Shiplock Park trailhead)
  • Turnaround point: Just east of mile marker 45 (Ronnie’s BBQ)

Parking: Free overnight and day parking available at Great Shiplock Park

Attractions along the trip:

  • Libby Hill Park (.5 miles from Great Shiplock Park trailhead)
  • The Kickstand (Around mile marker 50.5)
  • Rockett’s Landing (Mile marker 50)
  • Clarke-Palmore House Museum (Slightly west of mile marker 49, .2 miles north of trail)
  • Ronnie’s BBQ (Just east of mile marker 45)

*Great for kids*

Itinerary

If you are looking for an easy lunch trip along the Virginia Capital Trail this is for you. Park in the Great Shiplock Park lot and head east on the trail. Enjoy stunning river views along the Richmond Riverfront phase of the trail for the first 2 miles. You’ll pass The Kickstand, a small bike shop with rentals available, as well as Rockett’s Landing – a Richmond hub for art, history, food, and entertainment. As you approach mile marker 49, just .2 miles north of the trail is the Clarke-Palmore House Museum. This house, purchased by John Clarke, was built beginning in 1819 and is open for tour by appointment. Continue along the now Varina Park phase of the trail and, if needed, stop for refreshments at the 7-11 just east of mile marker 48. Finally, just east of mile marker 45 you will see Ronnie’s BBQ across the street. Ronnie’s opens at 11am daily Tuesday – Sunday and serves great Southern-Style BBQ in a timely manner. Enjoy your meal and when you’re ready hop on your bike and head back to the Great Shiplock Park trailhead.

Great Shiplock Park to Rockett’s Landing

Length: 2.4 miles round trip

  • Start: Mile marker 51.2 (Great Shiplock Park)
  • Turnaround point: Mile marker 50 (Rockett’s Landing

Parking: Free overnight and day parking available at Great Shiplock Park

Attractions along the trip:

  • 23rd & Main Taproom & Kitchen (Slightly past Great Shiplock park trailhead)
  • Old Original Bookbinder’s (Slightly past Great Shiplock Park trailhead)
  •  Millie’s Diner (Slightly past Great Shiplock Park trailhead)
  • Poe’s Pub (Slightly past Great Shiplock Park trailhead)
  • Hill Park (.5 miles from Great Shiplock Park trailhead)
  • The Kickstand (Around mile marker 50.5)
  • The Boathouse (Just west of mile marker 50)
  • Republic (Just west of mile marker 50)
  • Rockett’s Landing (Mile marker 50)

*Great for kids*

Itinerary

This short, round trip along the Richmond riverfront is perfect for foodies, kids and anyone looking for some relaxed fun. Park your car in the Great Shiplock Park lot and either head north off the trail to Libby Hill Park, or head east along the trail towards Rockett’s Landing. Libby Hill Park offers a magnificent view of the city of Richmond and is only half a mile off of the trail. Along the Richmond Riverfront phase of the trail you will first encounter The Kickstand – a small bike shop right on the trail. In fact, if you don’t own a bike this is the perfect spot to rent one! As you continue further east on the trail you will enjoy a scenic bike ride (or walk) right on the edge of the James River. Just before entering the heart of Rockett’s landing you will see two of Richmond’s best riverfront restaurants, The Boathouse and Conch Republic. Enjoy a great meal with prime river views and then head on over to Rockett’s Landing for history, arts, entertainment, restaurants, nightlife, and more. Stay and explore for as long as you’d like and when you’re ready, you are only a short mile away from where you started!

Jamestown Settlement to Chickahominy Riverfront Park

Length: 13 miles round trip

  • Start: Mile marker 0 (Jamestown Settlement eastern trailhead)
  • Turnaround point: Slightly west of mile marker 6.5 (Chickahominy Riverfront Park)

Parking: Free parking at Jamestown Settlement (9am – 5pm); Overnight parking at James City County Marina with permit obtained at Marina Store

Attractions along the trip:

  • Jamestown Settlement (.5 miles past Jamestown trailhead)
  • Powhatan Village (.5 miles past Jamestown trailhead)
  • Susan Constant (.5 miles past Jamestown trailhead)
  • Jamestown Beach Event Park (.5 miles past Jamestown trailhead)
  • James City County Marina (.5 miles past Jamestown trailhead)Jamestown 4-H Education Center (Slightly east of mile marker .5, about .4 miles south of trail)
  • Carlton Farms (About .3 miles south of mile marker .8)
  • Veterans Park (Mile marker 2, about 3 miles north of trail)
  • Freedom Park (Slightly west of mile marker 2, 4.9 miles north of trail)
  • Chickahominy Riverfront Park (Slightly west of mile marker 6.5


*Great for kids*

Itinerary

The short length of this trip coupled with the variety of Jamestown and riverfront attractions makes it perfect for kids. The trip begins at the Jamestown Settlement – the eastern trailhead of the Virginia Capital Trail. Enjoy all of the attractions within half a mile of the trailhead including: Susan Constant, Powhatan Indian Village, Jamestown Settlement, Jamestown Beach Event Park, and James City County Marina. From water activities and outdoor sports to historical re-creations and shows, these attractions have something for everyone. They are open daily from 9am – 5pm, but see their websites for summer hours and additional information! After indulging in the full Jamestown experience, start on the trail and head west. Within half a mile you will arrive near the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center which features outdoor education classes such as kayaking, archery, and more! Make sure to call ahead (757-253-4931) for reservations and information. Located further up the trail, at mile marker .8, is Carlton Farms – open daily from 9am to 5pm. Carlton Farms offers private horseback trail rides and lessons for new and advanced riders. Like the 4-H Educational Center, it’s best to call ahead. The remainder of the trip, on the Chickahominy Riverfront Phase, has little to no stops. For this reason, make sure you have plenty of water before setting out. When you arrive at your destination, Chickahominy Riverfront Park, visit the bike repair station, rent kayaks, hit the driving range, swim, or relax in the shade and enjoy snacks from the concessions store. See the website (http://www.jamescitycountyva.gov/687/Park-Fees) for park-fee information. If you want, you can even stay the day and camp by the river! Whenever you’re ready, head back east on the trail 6.5 miles to the Jamestown Settlement trailhead.