Virginia Capital Trail

Virginia Captial Trail

The Virginia Capital Trail offers a variety of benefits to residents, travelers and localities. 

Alternative Transportation

  • The Trail can be used as an alternative mode of transportation because it provides a safe and accessible pathway for bicyclists and pedestrians to travel.
  • It makes short trips possible by connecting neighborhoods, schools and recreation sites, and can also function as a long-distance link for those traveling along the Route 5 corridor.
  • The proximity of the Trail to local residents makes biking and walking to destinations easier. This can turn any ordinary trip into an exciting, healthy experience.
  • Improves safety
  • Before the Trail was constructed bicyclists and pedestrians shared Route 5 with motorists. The Virginia Capital Trail now provides a separate facility for bicyclists and pedestrians, reducing contact with motorists. This will substantially improve safety throughout the Route 5 corridor.


The Virginia Capital Trail serves as a recreational facility for local residents and bicycling and walking enthusiasts from across the country. It offers a great opportunity for family recreation because it is accessible for everybody, allowing those with disabilities to enjoy the trail as well. It promotes healthy living habits by providing a quick and convenient place to exercise.

In addition to being a fun place to ride and walk, the Trail provides links to recreational sites such as Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, James City County's greenway system, Chickahominy Riverfront Park, Charles City County Court House, VCU Rice Center, Henrico County's Four Mile Creek Park and downtown Richmond’s Canal Walk. Various wildlife management areas, refuges and historic plantations are located along the Trail.

Economic development

The Virginia Capital Trail provides tourists with access to a unique concentration of scenic, natural, and cultural landscapes, historic buildings, archeological sites and recreation areas. It will draw tourists who specifically travel for trail experiences.

As a tourist attraction, the Trail encourages the economic development of the local community because Trail users will undoubtedly need services that provide lodging, food, outfitting supplies, equipment repair, bicycle rental and transportation shuttles.

Page last modified: June 29, 2017