7 Charming Hikes near Williamsburg, VA

Find Your Way Along Williamsburg’s Best Trails

National history and natural wonders collide when you follow these enjoyable trails near Williamsburg. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just want a quick chance to stretch your legs after a visit to one of our local wineries, you’ll find something to love about each one of these choices. So lace up your hiking boots and head out!

Great Hiking Spots

  • Greenspring Greenway Trail—This serene trail will take you on a forested gravel path spanning 5.6 miles. It is mostly flat and shaded so it’s perfect for a warm day, and folks report seeing a lot of wildlife during their hike here.
  • Virginia Capital Trail—This choose-your-own-adventure trail is 52 paved miles that are connected to the Greenspring Greenway Trail. The path goes from the Jamestown settlement area and up to the city of Richmond. You can do an out-and-back hike of any portion of this trail, but the best points may be the Chickahominy Riverfront segment, offering beautiful views of the river, or the Charles City County segment for its various colonial plantation homes that are viewable alongside the path.
  • Powhatan Creek Trail—Beautiful scenery and a babbling brook make for a lovely hike on this 2-mile trail. A large wooden bridge and wildlife sightings are some of the highlights you will enjoy as you connect to other area trails on this path.
  • Monticello Trail to Matoaka Trail—Take a scenic stroll through a natural area on the campus of the College of William and Mary. This hike will allow you to explore the Lake Matoaka area and will take you all the way up to the more traditional portion of the campus for a stroll through the beautiful architecture. Hiker is walking along a path in the woods with trees that have orange leaves.
  • Redoubt Park—This park is named for the redoubts built by soldiers and slaves to guard Quarterpath Road during the American Civil War. The area was the location of a battle that involved over 3,800 casualties from both sides. The 1-mile out-and-back path offers interpretive signs and views of the earthen forts used by the Confederacy. 
  • New Quarter Park—You’ll love hiking Loops 1-9 on the 3.5-mile loop at New Quarter Park. Bird-lovers will delight in this trail that is home to many types of water birds and land birds. The trail will take you on a boardwalk with views of Queen Creek, and the park itself has a disc golf course, playground, and other great amenities.
  • Jamestown Island Trail—Head over to the Jamestown Island for this quick and easy hike. Walking along the James River on the paved, level pathway is a great way to finish out a day of sight-seeing. Take a drive around the larger loop and follow along with the guided historic interpretation. Stop by the Voorhees Archaearium Museum nearby to check out over 4,000 featured artifacts.

The Perfect Place To Rest Your Feet

Williamsburg and the surrounding area are full of ways to get outside and experience the exquisite beauty of the Virginia coast. Colonial Gardens Bed & Breakfast offers you all the casual luxury you’ll want after a day of hiking. We’d love to serve you a glass of wine and let you put your feet up and relax in one of our comfortable rooms. Book your stay today!A room at Colonial Gardens B&B. Two cushioned seats with an ottoman below a burgundy draped windows.

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