The Trail That Leads You Home

Dated: 06/27/2017

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If you’re new to the area, you may not have heard of it. But even if you’re a Richmonder, there’s probably plenty of information you aren’t aware of.

The VCT is a 52 mile long, paved trail from Jamestown to Richmond. It follows along the Route 5 corridor and is used for pedestrians and bicycles. It is scenic and serene; imagine an ‘over the river and through the woods’ kind of picture.

Its’ history dates back to 1991. Over the course of 24 years, studies, proposals, surveys, funding, and groundbreaking occurred. It opened in segments, but the entire span of the VCT officially opened in October of 2015.

On any given day, you’ll find walkers, runners, and cyclists coexisting on the trail. It’s used for leisure, training, and events. The Cap2Cap ride (from the old Virginia capital of Jamestown to the new capital of Richmond) is a cycling event that occurs yearly along the trail. It began in 2006 and now offers 15, 25, 50, or 100 mile options. It is a big fundraiser and the most prominent awareness event for the trail.

The Cap2Cap ride is this weekend, Saturday May 13. It will occur rain or shine. If you get the chance, head along any of the 52 miles and check it out and cheer the riders on!


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There are lots of resources too:
13 parking locations
16 restrooms
11 picnic areas
9 bike rental/repair spots
9 convenience stores
13 restaurants (many others within walking distance in downtown Richmond)
6 hotels
1 campground


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People that live along the trail enjoy the special treat of quick access. Whether they’re in Richmond, Varina, Charles City, Jamestown, or anywhere in between, their situation is ideal. Real estate near the trail is scarce for two reasons. One, the local municipalities are trying to preserve the environment around the area for our pleasure. And two, people aren’t letting go of these real estate opportunities. So if you see one, love it, and want it, go get it!

Give us a call if you’re interested in a home along the Virginia Capital Trail. 804-537-0111


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