This unique 52 mile bicycle and pedestrian route, known as the Virginia Capital Trail, links the first settlement in Jamestown ( the Colonial Capital in Williamsburg) and Virginia’s modern seat of government in Richmond.
This trail highlights the historic assets that follow Rout 5 (Virginia Byway) as well as cultural and environmental sites. Route 5, the corridor of America’s first westward expansion and is known for being the oldest inland transportation route.
Along the Virginia Capital Trail you will find information kiosks/ interpretive sites and amenities to bikers and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
Beginning at the Governer’s Mansion you will travel to Jamestown Island site of the first permanent English Settlement. Your trail will then lead you west across the Chickahominy River. Here the route will take you by James River Plantations famous for being the homes of Presidents John Tyler and William Henry Harrison.
The trail also passes many Revolutionary and Civil War Battlefields. You cannot miss feeling somber as you cycle past these sites and remember the sacrifices many gave to make this a great country.
As you leave these historic areas you will arrive in the modern riverfront area of James River and the Canal Walk in downtown Richmond. James River Park’s most dramatic feature of the park is the river itself! Pony Pasture Rapids is located on the south bank two miles downstream from the Huguenot Bridge on Riverside Drive.
To learn more about the Virginia Capital Trail and the many site surrounding visit https://www.virginiacapitaltrail.org/
Biking Through History
Join us in October for our easy bike tours in Virginia. Located in a flat part of the state known as the Tidewater area, our Virginia bike tours are perfect for solos, couples, even families. Learn more by visiting Great Bike Tours online at https://greatbiketours.com/virginias-historic-triangle/