Virginia Capital Trail

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does the Virginia Capital Trail offer?

The Trail gives local residents the ability to use non-motorized transportation to access places of employment, education centers, neighborhoods and local recreation facilities.

Long distance bicyclists and walkers are able to enjoy the safety and serenity of the Trail because it is physically separated from the vehicular traffic on Route 5 throughout most of its length. Additionally several “trail heads” will be strategically placed along the Trail so users can split up their journey so they don’t have to explore the entire Trail at one time.

The Trail increases public awareness for Virginia’s rich historical roots while providing an opportunity to preserve and protect its unique wildlife.

Recreational activities that are associated with the use of the Trail (such as walking, jogging, biking, etc.) promote a healthy lifestyle.

Informational kiosks and interpretive signs are placed along the Trail to educate users about the historical resources and wildlife found within the corridor.

Q: How did the public participate?

A: The designers of the Virginia Capital Trail have valued public input and all citizen comments have been taken into consideration before the final alignment of each phase was determined.

Q: How will the Virginia Capital Trail be funded?

A: VDOT used a unique combination of federal enhancement, open-container and Smithsonian funds to pay for the design and construction of the Virginia Capital Trail. These funds are specifically designated so that they cannot be used to build roadways. This means that the construction of the Trail does not take money from VDOT’s maintenance or construction budgets.

Q: How will the Trail be maintained?

A: The Virginia Capital Trail will be maintained in the same manner that many primary and secondary roads are maintained throughout Virginia. Comprehensive management agreements were developed to distinguish the responsibilities of VDOT, localities, and the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. These agreements will ensure that the Trail will remain safe, usable and accessible.

Q: What will be the hours of operation for the Virginia Capital Trail?

A: The Virginia Capital Trail will be open during daylight hours.

Q: Where should I park my car if I want to use the Trail?

A: Multiple parking facilities are available along the Trail, from west to east:

  • Great Shiplock Park, located at 2803 Dock Street, Richmond, VA 23223
  • Riverfront Lot, located at Wharf Street, Richmond, VA 23223
  • Dorey Park, located at 2999 Darbytown Road, Henrico, VA 23231
  • Four Mile Creek Trailhead, located at New Market Road, Henrico, VA 23231
  • Herring Creek Trailhead, located at 5100 Herring Creek Road, Charles City, VA 23030
  • Lawrence Lewis Jr. Park, located at 12400 Wilcox Wharf Road, Charles City, VA 23030
  • Charles City Courthouse, located at 10780 Courthouse Road, Charles City, VA 23030
  • Chickahominy Riverfront Park, located at 1350 John Tyler Memorial Highway, Williamsburg, VA 23185
  • Jamestown High School, located at 3751 John Tyler Memorial Highway, Williamsburg, VA 23185
  • Mainland Farm, located at 2590 Greensprings Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
  • Jamestown Settlement, located at 2110 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185

See the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation's trail map.

Page last modified: March 30, 2018