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Four Mile Creek Trailhead to Fork on Five

Length: 10 miles round trip

  • Start: Four Mile Creek Trailhead (just east of MM40)

  • Turnaround Point: Fork on 5 (Just east of MM35)

Parking: Four Mile Creek Parking Lot


Attractions on 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)

  • Fork on 5 (Mile Marker 35.9)


*Great for kids*

Itinerary:

This 10 mile is great for the whole family! Park at Four Mile Creek which has picnic tables and restrooms and head out on the trail. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you head east to Fork on 5. Located on Mile Marker 35.9, at the intersection of Route 5 and Willis Church Rd, Fork on 5 offers fresh sandwiches, homemade soups and salads. Not hungry? Go check out their WNDY Hill Gallery featuring artwork, one of a kind jewelry, and clothing.

If you’re looking to add some extra mileage you could head over to Deep Bottom Park, about 2 miles just south of the trail or head over to Richmond National Battlefield Park, about 3 miles north of the trail just past Mile Marker 35.5.


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 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.