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Virginia Capital Trail

Trailhead Located in the Park

The 52 mile Virginia Capital Trail is a dedicated, paved pedestrian and bicycle trail that connects Williamsburg and Richmond along the Scenic Route 5 corridor. The trailhead for the western terminus can be found in Great Shiplock Park. This enjoyable connector is the result of a successful public-private partnership, which began with the July 2005 groundbreaking at the Greensprings Road portion in Williamsburg, and was completed in the October of 2015 with the dedication by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

As part of the trail’s construction, Great Shiplock Park underwent a $450,000 renovation in 2013. And the partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation (VCTF) ensures the trail is maintained, enhanced, promoted and continually developed to provide a safe and wonderful experience for all.

For more information, Visit the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation.


Biking Fishing Hike Run Dog Walk Scenic View

Other North of the River Locations

Location Details

Parking: 2803 Dock St. (Dock and Pear streets), parking for 15 cars

Bike racks: Yes

Bathroom: Port-a-Potty

Water Fountain

Wheelchair accessible

Hours: Sunrise to sunset

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