At over 50 miles long, the Virginia Capital Trail is the best bet for runners who want to train long distance. This paved multi-use path reaches southeast (roughly along the river/Route 5 corridor) from Richmond to Williamsburg. It features some rolling hills, which adds interest whether you’re going for a quick jog, a tempo run, or a marathon-training sesh. The full trail one-way would be a cool ultra! The terrain is a mix of woods and open farm fields, and a few miles along the river. There numerous historic sites and signposts along the way. There are mile markers every mile.
On the Richmond end, the path is accessible from 1-95 near Great Shiplock Park. Simply continue running southeast and turn around when you like. Or, drive to one of the parking areas and start there, for variety. 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. A lovely open section is between miles 22 and 27.
- Out and back option of any length
- Rolling hills
- Richmond End: Great Shiplock Park
- Shockoe Bottom Bus Station