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Length
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Ashland Trolley Line

0.5 mi
State: VA
Grass, Gravel

Chester Linear Park

0.68 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

High Bridge Trail

32.4 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

Powhatan Creek Trail

2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Railroad Ford Trail

1.6 mi
State: VA
Dirt
Accordion

Virginia Capital Trail

52 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Virginia Central Railway Trail

4.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Ashland Trolley Line runs on a portion of the former Richmond-Ashland Electric Line, which linked the two communities for 31 years until its closure in 1938. During this period, Ashland was a traditional ...
VA 0.5 mi Grass, Gravel
Chester Linear Park runs for less than a mile on a former rail corridor in the heart of Chester, Virginia. The path courses through a residential neighborhood, but the enveloping woodlands provide a welcome ...
VA 0.68 mi Crushed Stone
The central feature for which the High Bridge Trail is named is an unforgettable experience, towering 125 feet above the mighty Appomattox River and nearly a half-mile (2,440 feet) across it. The bridge’s ...
VA 32.4 mi Crushed Stone
In western Williamsburg, the Powhatan Creek Trail stretches 2 miles from the historical Jamestown Settlement attraction to Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School. It begins near the one mile marker on the ...
VA 2 mi Asphalt
The Railroad Ford Trail is located in beautiful Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania County near Richmond, Virginia. The park boasts 2,463 acres with swimming, boating, fishing, horseback riding and camping. ...
VA 1.6 mi Dirt
The sprawling Virginia Capital Trail snakes along the James River and State Route 5, a Virginia Scenic Byway, for 52 paved miles from the state’s capital of Richmond to the historic capitals of Jamestown ...
VA 52 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
Situated midway between the nation’s capital and the Virginia capital of Richmond, the Virginia Central Railway Trail will one day offer more than 30 miles of trail from downtown Fredericksburg west to ...
VA 4.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete

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Ashland Trolley Line

VA - 0.5 miles

The Ashland Trolley Line runs on a portion of the former Richmond-Ashland Electric Line, which linked the two communities for 31 years until its closure in 1938. During this period, Ashland was a traditional ...

Chester Linear Park

VA - 0.68 miles

Chester Linear Park runs for less than a mile on a former rail corridor in the heart of Chester, Virginia. The path courses through a residential neighborhood, but the enveloping woodlands provide a welcome ...

High Bridge Trail

VA - 32.4 miles

The central feature for which the High Bridge Trail is named is an unforgettable experience, towering 125 feet above the mighty Appomattox River and nearly a half-mile (2,440 feet) across it. The bridge’s ...

Powhatan Creek Trail

VA - 2 miles

In western Williamsburg, the Powhatan Creek Trail stretches 2 miles from the historical Jamestown Settlement attraction to Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School. It begins near the one mile marker on the ...

Accordion

Powhatan Creek Trail

VA - 2 miles

In western Williamsburg, the Powhatan Creek Trail stretches 2 miles from the historical Jamestown Settlement attraction to Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School. It begins near the one mile marker on the ...

Virginia Capital Trail

VA - 52 miles

The sprawling Virginia Capital Trail snakes along the James River and State Route 5, a Virginia Scenic Byway, for 52 paved miles from the state’s capital of Richmond to the historic capitals of Jamestown ...

Virginia Central Railway Trail

VA - 4.5 miles

Situated midway between the nation’s capital and the Virginia capital of Richmond, the Virginia Central Railway Trail will one day offer more than 30 miles of trail from downtown Fredericksburg west to ...

Ashland Trolley Line

VA - 0.5 miles

The Ashland Trolley Line runs on a portion of the former Richmond-Ashland Electric Line, which linked the two communities for 31 years until its closure in 1938. During this period, Ashland was a traditional ...

Chester Linear Park

VA - 0.68 miles

Chester Linear Park runs for less than a mile on a former rail corridor in the heart of Chester, Virginia. The path courses through a residential neighborhood, but the enveloping woodlands provide a welcome ...

High Bridge Trail

VA - 32.4 miles

The central feature for which the High Bridge Trail is named is an unforgettable experience, towering 125 feet above the mighty Appomattox River and nearly a half-mile (2,440 feet) across it. The bridge’s ...

Powhatan Creek Trail

VA - 2 miles

In western Williamsburg, the Powhatan Creek Trail stretches 2 miles from the historical Jamestown Settlement attraction to Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School. It begins near the one mile marker on the ...

Accordion

Powhatan Creek Trail

VA - 2 miles

In western Williamsburg, the Powhatan Creek Trail stretches 2 miles from the historical Jamestown Settlement attraction to Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School. It begins near the one mile marker on the ...

Railroad Ford Trail

VA - 1.6 miles

The Railroad Ford Trail is located in beautiful Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania County near Richmond, Virginia. The park boasts 2,463 acres with swimming, boating, fishing, horseback riding and camping. ...

Virginia Capital Trail

VA - 52 miles

The sprawling Virginia Capital Trail snakes along the James River and State Route 5, a Virginia Scenic Byway, for 52 paved miles from the state’s capital of Richmond to the historic capitals of Jamestown ...

Virginia Central Railway Trail

VA - 4.5 miles

Situated midway between the nation’s capital and the Virginia capital of Richmond, the Virginia Central Railway Trail will one day offer more than 30 miles of trail from downtown Fredericksburg west to ...

Ashland Trolley Line

VA - 0.5 miles

The Ashland Trolley Line runs on a portion of the former Richmond-Ashland Electric Line, which linked the two communities for 31 years until its closure in 1938. During this period, Ashland was a traditional ...

Chester Linear Park

VA - 0.68 miles

Chester Linear Park runs for less than a mile on a former rail corridor in the heart of Chester, Virginia. The path courses through a residential neighborhood, but the enveloping woodlands provide a welcome ...

High Bridge Trail

VA - 32.4 miles

The central feature for which the High Bridge Trail is named is an unforgettable experience, towering 125 feet above the mighty Appomattox River and nearly a half-mile (2,440 feet) across it. The bridge’s ...

Powhatan Creek Trail

VA - 2 miles

In western Williamsburg, the Powhatan Creek Trail stretches 2 miles from the historical Jamestown Settlement attraction to Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School. It begins near the one mile marker on the ...

Accordion

Railroad Ford Trail

VA - 1.6 miles

The Railroad Ford Trail is located in beautiful Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania County near Richmond, Virginia. The park boasts 2,463 acres with swimming, boating, fishing, horseback riding and camping. ...

Virginia Capital Trail

VA - 52 miles

The sprawling Virginia Capital Trail snakes along the James River and State Route 5, a Virginia Scenic Byway, for 52 paved miles from the state’s capital of Richmond to the historic capitals of Jamestown ...

Virginia Central Railway Trail

VA - 4.5 miles

Situated midway between the nation’s capital and the Virginia capital of Richmond, the Virginia Central Railway Trail will one day offer more than 30 miles of trail from downtown Fredericksburg west to ...

Recent Trail Reviews

Virginia Capital Trail

2nd time - we've bookended it

March, 2017 by jrutch

rode once here from the southern trail end in jamestown up 12.5 & back ... this time we started at the richmond end and rode 9 to dory park and back -- we'll need to go back and do the middle section one day .... anyhow this section is a little more "citified" than the other end - but great surface - it is hilly here (a little surprising) .... very few road crossings for going through a big city like richmond .. look for the big bike outside the city -- dory park was a good stop .. i wish there was a better trail guide for trying to plan a multi day trip

High Bridge Trail

wow - pretty cool

March, 2017 by jrutch

we started in farmville ... rode to rice ... went over the big bridge ... great surface ... the occasional restroom ... very very very (did i say very) few road crossings ... we want to come back and stay in farmville and do the whole trail eastward one day, westward the other (very doable as it would be about 30 or so each day as farmville is fairly in the middle)

Virginia Capital Trail

Excellent Trail

November, 2016 by mtb_miguel

Today I rode the entire trail both directions. I started in Richmond and rode East to Jamestown, then back to Richmond. The trail is very smooth, constructed of blacktop in good condition. There are several stores and businesses along the route that one can stop and purchase beverages. The trail is fairly flat but has some small undulations with total elevation gain of roughly 1000' in each direction. https://www.strava.com/activities/771724527

Accordion

Virginia Capital Trail

Smooth Ride

November, 2016 by mkenttodd

Enjoyed a two day adventure from Richmond to Jamestown/Williamsburg and back. This dedicated (bicycles/walkers/runners) trail is relatively flat, smooth, and mostly scenic. The section from Jamestown to Charles City is perfect for beginning cyclist as it is very flat. For the intermediate rider this trail would be a great option for that first century ride.

I rode the trail on a Tuesday and Wednesday in late October, and passed several cycling groups as well as individual runners/cyclist. Based on this experience, I would think that weekend use could be heavy.

Finally, I was surprised that I did not encounter any hostile pets (e.g., dogs) even though the trail crosses through various residential areas.

Many thanks to those responsible for this lovely trail.

Virginia Capital Trail

Enjoyable trail

October, 2016 by lycaeides

We rode this trail from Four Mile Creek Park to Richmond and back this week on Tuesday. It is well maintained and well marked. The other riders/walkers were courteous and friendly. A few days later, we rode from Four Mile Creek Park to Charles City and back which was also very nice. The pavement is good. There are very few crossings where you have to stop. The scenery is farmland until you get to Richmond. Good signage for the wooden bridges and grade changes. Altogether a well done trail and great community builder.

Virginia Capital Trail

October, 2016 by hanni001

Great Trail. Perfect length. Great destinations at both ends. A lot of planning and thought went into design of intersections with side roads. Path crosses side roads further back from stop sign intersections making it a lot safer for trail users and cars. Loved it!

Virginia Central Railway Trail

Almost not worth it

October, 2016 by modlrfleck

Sorry, can't give this one good marks. Parked at the F'Burg end near the train station. lot is marked for trail parking only but only one or two spaces available. Since none of the cars had cycle racks and I only saw one walker and one bike on the trail my guess is it's unenforced commuter overflow.
On the plus side, the trail is nicely marked out, flat and has nice gentle curves but you barely get up to speed before you have to stop at a major roadway intersection (Blue & Grey Pkwy) then again at Rt.1. The crossings are signal controlled but the right turning lanes are not marked "no turn on red" so be careful.Considering the whole trail is only 2.6 miles you spend almost as much time parking and waiting at lights as you do riding. At the end, the trail just dead ends so the only option is to retrace the route back. Otherwise the trail goes thru some pretty woods and over a few small bridges.

Virginia Central Railway Trail

The Good Trail and the Bad Trail

October, 2016 by scthoma

Rode both trails on a road bike on 10/10/2016. The trail section in Fredericksburg is 2.6 miles long and paved. This is a 5 star trail running along Hazel Run for a good part of the trail with plenty of forest sections even though it starts in the city. Benches are set along the trail and there is a bridge and even an observation deck at the 2.0 mile marker. Very professionally done and well maintained. Hopefully the next extension will soon be started adding another mile and another bridge (the bridge is funded but no start date has been released). The second section which is not connected is in Spotsylvania. It is 2.1 miles and paved though the paving is not in good shape. Maintenance has been poor with cracks and ridges in the pavement due in some cases to trees and their roots being too close to the trail. There was a rotted tree across part of the trail this day. The path from the parking lot to the start of the trail went from paved to gravel and then back to paved. There was also a curb to climb before you could get on the path. No benches, just two posts and a board across in a few places. It's a shame that what could be a 5 star trail is at this time only a 2 star one with what seems like little desire to maintain and/or lengthen it.

High Bridge Trail

Check That One Off the Bucket List

August, 2016 by wwilczynski

I would consider relocating to Farmville for this one. Like most trails, it's many, many miles of stone, trees, and not much else to look at. But the crown jewels along the way include High Bridge (what a great view) and Farmville. I also enjoyed the old railroad markers, spikes and remnants of the railroad which were neat to see along the way. The ride was a bit challenging, if you are like me and not used to long inclines or riding long distances on stone, then pace yourself. But the leg cramps afterwards were worth it. If you are riding alone, there are some long and lonely stretches. Not sure how much of it is patrolled, but I passed a park police officer also on a bike. My final word of caution, remember it's a stone base. I saw many people on road bikes riding 700x23s. I would recommend against that. Do yourself a favor and bring a hybrid with wider tires or a mountain bike.

Virginia Capital Trail

perfect trail!

August, 2016 by tom.joy

During a heat wave, we decided to ride this trail. Stayed mid-way and rode to Jamestown one day then to Richmond the next day. What a perfect trail! Thank you to those who had the vision to create this perfect riding trail. We took lots of water but wanted to stop to cool down and found adequate places along the trail as we needed them. Ready to return on a cooler day and do the whole trail in one day - but shuttle service is needed!

Virginia Capital Trail

Captivating

August, 2016 by chuvafalls

Captivating route and friendly faces the whole time. Best time to take this route is morning and evening. The afternoon when the sun is at its fullest it gets a extra hot from the black asphalt increasing the actual temperature.

High Bridge Trail

Very Nice Ride

July, 2016 by kulickk

The trail is very well maintained the entire route. I rode it on a road bike and found it suitable. There is a free parking lot located in downtown Farmville where the trail crosses Main Street. Also real bathrooms and drinking fountains at this location.
For those of you that might care: Farmville is the low point on the trail and the grade is upward in both directions to both trail ends.

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