Richmond, VA

Virginia Capital Trail

Ken Lund

At over 50 miles long, the Virginia Capital Trail is the best bet for runners who want to train long distance. This paved path reaches southwest (roughly along the river/Route 5 corridor) all the way to Williamsburg/Jamestown. It features some rolling hills, which add interest whether you’re going for a quick jog, a tempo run, or a marathon-training sesh. On the Richmond end, the path is accessible from 1-95 near Great Shiplock Park. Simply continue running southeast and turn around when you feel you’ve reached your halfway point. It’s about 2 miles to Rockett’s Landing Marina, 4 miles to New Market Road, 6 miles to Battlefield Park Road, and 10 miles to 4 Mile Creek Park. This trail map has excellent information on trail segments, distances, and other features.

Essentials
  • Out and back option of any length
  • Rolling hills
  • Great Shiplock Park
  • Shockoe Bottom Bus Station