Powhatan Creek Trail


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Powhatan Creek Trail Facts

States: Virginia
Counties: James City
Length: 2 miles
Trail end points: Virginia Capital Trail and Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7708599
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Powhatan Creek Trail Description

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 Greensprings portion of the Virginia Capital Trail, which will one day stretch 50 miles from Williamsburg to the state’s capital in Richmond.

The trail first takes you straight across a large field and then winds around a housing development. As you near the creek, the trail becomes more diverse with changes in elevation and a more natural setting. As you make your way through the wooded area you will cross wooden bridges and follow the creek. As you leave the creek area, you will ascend toward the trail end at the school and a water treatment facility. There it connects you to other neighborhoods.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the Jamestown Settlement (2110 Jamestown Road) and at Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School (3131 Ironbound Road).

Powhatan Creek Trail Reviews

Asphalt parts of trail are awesome but the boardwalks are a killer. Not recommended for quads. Beautiful and Clean! Definitely go there again but not on skates 😉

I discovered this 2 mile trail today while triking the Virginia Capital Trail. There are a lot of fun ups and downs and twists and turns in this short 4 mile round trip ride. The narrow bridges even have turns in them so keep your eyes open. This trail is definitely worthy of a visit.

Awesome ride!!! It is just 2 miles (out) but.... There is a lot of beautiful scenery, bridges, hills... Yes there are some hills.... But it is the best 2 mile rides I have ever been on! If you are on the Virginia Capital Trail make this a must!!!


We happened upon this trail by accident from the Capital Trail--what an amazing find! Numerous long bridges and hills for such a short ride--all in the shade of the woods, making this a beautiful, magical place. I highly recommend. There is parking at the little elementary school on one end, and it's also accessible from the Capital Trail (park at the wayside historical markers).

We rode the Powhatan Creek Trail on Labor Day weekend. Although it is only two miles, it is adjacent to the Virginia Capital Trail and is a great way to add mileage to your VCT ride. The scenery along the wetland part of the trail is beautiful. There are Cypress knees present in the creek, which is interesting to look at as you ride. The elevation changes make for a fun and slightly challenging ride. We saw families riding together and some foot traffic that day. Overall, this was a great trail and look forward to riding it the next time I am on the VCT.

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