Virginia Capital Trail

Virginia Captial Trail

Greenspring | Chickahominy Riverfront | Sherwood Forest | Charles City Courthouse | New Market Heights | Varina | Park | Richmond Riverfront

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

Alternative transportation

  • The Trail can be used as an alternative mode of transportation because it will provide a safe and accessible pathway for bicyclists and pedestrians to travel.
  • It will make 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 will make biking and walking to destinations easier. This can turn any ordinary trip into an exciting, healthy experience.
  • Improved safety
  • Bicyclists and pedestrians currently share Route 5 with a variety of motorists. The Virginia Capital Trail will provide 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 will serve 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 will provide 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 will provide 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 will encourage 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: July 31, 2013