The Birthplace of America Trail

The Birthplace of America Trail  (BoAT) is a multi-use trail that will be the centerpiece of a regional active transportation plan that will connect the Virginia Capital Trail with the South Hampton Roads Trail in Eastern Virginia.  The vision is to be able to Run, Ride, Walk or Roll from the oceanfront at Virginia Beach to the capital steps in Richmond on a completely separated trail, free from motor vehicle traffic.  This regional trail system will be approximately 190 miles when complete. 

The Birthplace of America Trail traces the history of the first settlement of the new world in Jamestown, VA (1607), highlighting the three landings prior to the founding of the first permanent English speaking colony.    

From the trail head in Jamestown (and eastern terminus of the Virginia Capital Trail), you cross the James River via ferry into Surry County (Claremont -third landing prior to establishment of colony at Jamestown) and travel to Suffolk, VA  (gateway to the Dismal Swamp) and connect to the South Hampton Roads Trail, which will take you to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and Cape Henry / First Landing State Park .

Or you can start in Jamestown and travel to our newest National Monument at Fort Monroe / Old Point Comfort – location of the second landing of the settlers.  En-route, you will pass the Emancipation Oak at Hampton University.    Instead of heading east to Fort Monroe, you can head west along the Virginia Capital Trail .  This trail opens up to the completed 52 mile pathway to Richmond where it meets the East Coast Greenway, which runs from Maine to Florida.

The Birthplace of America Trail is the culmination of a 2-year engineering and cost feasibility study conducted by Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO).  This project was submitted to and approved by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in 2017. The plan is in place, but the Trail will not happen without advocates to see the trail to its completion.

In 2018, a group of visionaries formed the Tidewater Trails Alliance to advocate for and support the Birthplace of America Trail. We have incorporated as a not for profit organization and are tax-exempt under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Please watch this website and our Facebook page,  Friends of BoAT, for news about this project that will help ensure the safety of runners, walkers, cyclists & skaters across all of Coastal Virginia.

Your financial support is needed. If you would like to donate to support the Trail, please do so below. Your contributions will be tax deductible. We will acknowledge all contributions received and confirm the tax status of your donation.


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Want to learn more about the above graphic? Please read HTPO’s study on this project.