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Jamestown Island Loop

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 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A tranquil, 5-mile loop on asphalt with forest, bridges and water all around.


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5.0

Miles

8.1

KM

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Runnable

10' 3 m

High

2' 1 m

Low

21' 6 m

Up

21' 7 m

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1%

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Fishing · Geological Significance · Historical Significance · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Accessible only during National Park Service site hours.

Overview

Wonderful for running, cycling, hiking or driving, this location has geological, historical and archeological significance. The original Jamestowne settlement and fort were located here in the early 1600s. Operated by the National Park Service, the "Jamestown Island Drive" is a well-maintained asphalt drive.

Need to Know

There are no restroom facilities or water along the route.

Description

Mostly a flat, asphalt surface, the loop actually contains two options: The long loop, which is about 5 miles long, and the shorter loop, which is about 3 miles long. This area is mostly forested with breaks over water which are spanned by wooden bridges. Vehicular and foot traffic is shared on the same road. Vehicles can only transit counter-clockwise, but pedestrians can circulate in either direction. One may park on the mainland and begin the loop from there, which adds about 2 miles to the trail. There is wildlife and a variety of historical and natural features along the path. There are some pull-off areas of interest that feature informational stations. Parking is free at the Visitor Center on the actual island.

Flora & Fauna

An abundance of native and non-native flora species exists here. On quiet days one may encounter small mammals, deer, a variety of birds and, depending on the season, reptiles, amphibians and plenty of insects.

History & Background

This is the site of the original 1600s Jamestowne Settlement and Fort.

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Wooden bridge facing west.
Mar 24, 2021 near William…, VA
Fenced area at furthest point of long loop.
Mar 24, 2021 near William…, VA
Asphalt surface among the trees.
Mar 24, 2021 near William…, VA

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