by David Timberline
A ribbon of wonder stretches between Richmond and Williamsburg called the Virginia Capital Trail. It’s nearly 52 miles of relatively flat, scenic, recreational freedom.
Bikers, walkers and joggers can wander without worry, free from concerns about a wide-load semi or an inattentive driver sideswiping them at any minute.
But what does a Cap Trail newbie need to know? Here’s a breakdown:
There are dozens of access points, but the most convenient include:
Great Shiplock Park: Mile 51, downtown Richmond. There’s plenty of parking and easy access off Dock Street.
Four Mile Creek Park: Mile 40. Conveniently located off Interstate 295.
Herring Creek Road: Mile 27. A nice jumping-off point for non-trail activities.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park: Mile 7. A scenic park with an easy ride to Jamestown.
Biking provides the best bang-for-the-buck trail experience.
The Kickstand (804-971-7585), Mile 50.5. A true trailside rental shop, but has regular hours only on weekends.
BikeBeat in Williamsburg (757-29-0096) is the option closest to the Jamestown trailhead.
The Capital Trail Foundation has its top 5 suggestions.
I’d add that there are convenience stores at Mile 48, fast-foody places like Subway and Dairy Queen on either side of Interstate 295 (miles 44 and 39.5), and the quaint Sandy Point Superette at Mile 13.
Other great possibilities include a ramble down Richmond Battlefield Road, a hard right at Mile 45 that opens up to 6 miles along a lightly traveled road ending at the riverside Richmond Yacht Basin.
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