The first sections of the Virginia Capital Trail have been completed near Williamsburg. When finished, the 55-mile trail will stretch from Jamestown to Williamsburg and Richmond, connecting the three places that have been the state capital since the arrival of the first English settlers in 1607 in Jamestown.
Ready for riding at this point are 8 miles of new construction in the Greensprings and Chickahominy sections, as well as a 10-mile portion that uses the already-existing Colonial Parkway. Three parking areas are available:
- across from the parking lot for Jamestown Settlement, giving access to Williamsburg via the parkway and to the Greensprings trail;
- at Jamestown High School parking lot where the Greensprings and Chickahominy sections meet; and
- at the Chickahominy Riverfront Park near the Chickahominy River Bridge on scenic state Route 5.
For more on the Virginia Capital Trail, visit www.virginiacapitaltrail.org.
For mountain bikers, state parks have a multitude of trails. At James River Park, nearly 15 miles of multi-use trails are open for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Cumberland State Forest, with Bear Creek Lake State Park at its center, has 30 miles of trails and 25 miles of roads. Find out more at www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks.