Taking to the Trails with RJ & Liz – Virginia Capital Trail


The Virginia Capital Trail starts in Jamestown, VA and goes up Rt. 5 to Richmond. It is 51.7 miles along the James River.  You can start by visiting Jamestown Rediscovery – Historic Jamestowne (https://historicjamestowne.org, 757-856-1250). Here, you can learn all about the original settlers at Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America. You can park your car here and start your bike ride. 

RJ riding his recumbent bike

We rode around 15 miles a day, and there are various stops you can find along the way where you can park for the day and ride whatever mileage is comfortable for you. Here is a good video of the trail so you know what to expect.

The ride over the Chickahominy River is the best view as one rides upland.  You’ll see vast water, boats and docks stretching for long views. There is also a picnic area and restrooms for a stop at the Chickahominy Riverfront park, just past mile marker 5. The first 20 miles out of Jamestown towards Richmond are more level, except a modest climb over the bridge on the Chickahominy River. After that, the two bike lane paved trail has many modest up-and-down hilly areas. There are views of woods, homes, Rt. 5 and a few glimpses of the James River. 

Where to Eat 

Indian Fields Tavern

  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/indianfieldstavern
  • Address: 9220 John Tyler Memorial Hwy, Charles City, VA
  • Phone: 804-829-2200
  • Wonderful atmosphere with place to sit in the yard. The food was very tasty and certainly nice after a hard bike ride, right off the Virginia Capital Trail. We liked it so much we ate there twice. One day I had a steak salad and the next ribs.  The sauces and salad dressings were perfect.

Cul’s Courthouse Grill 


RJ & Liz having lunch at Indian Fields Tavern

Civilian Lodging 

Holiday Inn Express

Military Lodging

Cheatham Annex Cottages

Navy Gateway Inns & Suites Cheatham Annex

  • Reservation Website: https://ngis.dodlodging.net/propertys/Cheatham-Annex-NWSY
  • Address: 532 4th St, Williamsburg, VA 23185
  • Phone: 757-847-9511 or 877-NAVY-BED.
  • Types of Rooms & Rates: Standard Suites. One bedroom with queen bed, private bath, living area with pull out sofa, kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker; flat screen TVs. Rates: $99 nightly.

Fort Eustis Outdoor Recreation Cabins & Campsites

  • Website: https://jble-eustismwr.com/morale/outdoor-recreation
  • Address: 828 Kells Drive, Fort Eustis, VA 23604
  • Phone: 757-878-2610
  • Rates: Standard Cabin.  2 bedrooms  (2 full beds, 2 twins in the loft). $90 per night, 2 night minimum. Pet Friendly Cabin: $110 (1 cabin available), 2 night minimum.

Fort Eustis General Smalls Inn

Where to Get Tickets for Theme Parks & More

There are several Information, Tickets & Travel offices in the local area.  Local parks include Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg, Water Country USA (seasonal), Kings Dominion, Ocean Breeze Water Park (seasonal), and Nauticus & Battleship Wisconsin.  View prices online, or call for details.

Cheatham Annex Tickets & Travel Office

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown – Tickets & Travel Office

Joint Base Langley-Eustis

Naval Station Norfolk Tickets & Travel Office

If you have any questions about our trip, drop me an email at rj@militaryliving.com.

Enjoy our "Cycling Through Cities" series!

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