Virginia Capital Trail

About 100 people, including area leaders and bicycle advocates, braved the rain to celebrate the dedication of the James City County trailhead of the Virginia Capital Trail.  The event took place at the new kiosk and shelter, funded by Dominion Power.  Matoaka Elementary choir entertained the crowd and the girls running club provided tangible evidence to the benefits of the Virginia Capital Trail.  Guest speakers included Senator Tommy Norment, Dominion CEO Paul Koonce, and Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell.

Senator Norment speaks to the crowd at the VCT trail dedication in James City County.

Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell talked about the benefits of the trail and encouraged the Matoaka students to bring their parents out to the trail and go biking with them!

Virginia’s First Lady Maureen McDonnell will be among dignitaries to dedicate the first of three trailheads of the Virginia Capital Trail. The trailhead includes a shelter and an electronic, interactive kiosk with information on public accommodations, historical sites, wildlife and natural resources along the trail.  The ceremony will take place  at the new kiosk, directly across from the entrance to Jamestown Settlement

The trail connects Virginia’s past and present capitals of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Richmond, along more than 50 miles of the Scenic Route 5 corridor.

When:  Friday, March 26 @ 10:30am

Where: VCT Kiosk (near Jamestown Settlement)

The following came from a news release today from the Governor’s office:

RICHMOND – Governor Timothy M. Kaine today participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Richmond Riverfront phase of the Virginia Capital Trail. Earlier today the Commonwealth Transportation Board approved the revised Six Year Improvement Program which fully funds the remaining phases of the Trail. When complete, the Virginia Capital Trail – a facility for pedestrians, cyclists, and other recreational users – will connect the Canal Walk in downtown Richmond with Jamestown and Williamsburg along the James River/Route 5 corridor and Colonial Parkway.

“The Virginia Capital Trail is a great asset for the region and Virginia, promoting healthier lifestyles as well as our unique natural, cultural, and historic resources,” said Governor Kaine. “A priority of my Administration was to have the entire Trail either complete or under development and I am pleased to announce that we have accomplished that goal.”

The Richmond Riverfront phase of the Trail has been advanced through a partnership between the Commonwealth, the Historic Richmond Riverfront Foundation, Venture Richmond, Virginia Capital Trail Foundation, and the City of Richmond.

“Linking the Commonwealth’s old capital of Williamsburg to its current one, the city of Richmond, is a tremendous enhancement for Richmond and Virginia,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones of Richmond. “The multi-use paved trail will provide residents and visitors access to some of the most beautiful vantage points of Virginia and the James River.”

This phase of the Trail runs from the Canal Walk to the Great Shiplock Park and was constructed using Evotherm, an environmentally friendly warm-mix asphalt technology donated by Mead Westvaco. Grants from the Historic Richmond Riverfront Foundation provided interpretation exhibits to provide information to Trail users on the rich history of the area

Currently 15 miles of the Trail – the Greensprings, Chickahominy and Charles City Courthouse phases – are open to the public. The Sherwood Forest, Charles City Courthouse East, New Market Heights and Varina phases of the Trail are all under development. All 55 miles of the Trail should be open to the public by 2014.

“The Capital Trail is a great example of the transportation and land use progress we have made over the last four years to help Virginia grow smarter,” said Governor Kaine.

See the full release.

The last four years have seen tremendous progress on the Virginia Capital Trail thanks to Gov. Tim Kaine’s steadfast support.  Let’s show up in force to thank him and prove just how important this project is to the community.  Please join us on

Photo by Al Covey

Thursday, December 17 at 11:45 at Great Shiplock Park for a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration of the Virginia Capital Trail in Richmond!

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On Thursday, October 29th at noon, at the Charles City County Courthouse, the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation will formally open the next 7.5 miles of this beautiful Trail.  Whitt Clement, former Secretary of Transportation for Gov. Mark Warner, will be our keynote speaker.  Sheri Bowman, Charles County Supervisor and David Brickley from the East Coast Greenway Alliance will also be speaking.


Cyclists along the Virginia Capital Trail

Inclement weather last Friday forced postponement on the promotional filming of the Virginia Capital Trail to this Friday, the 23rd.  The quest for trail users of all forms continues.  If you would like to participate as an extra, there will be opportunities available from 10 AM in Charles City County, during the afternoon in James City County and at 4 PM in Jamestown.  If interested, send a note to Nancy Carter, njcarter[at]

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