Smithfield & Isle of Wight County: A Favorite "Bike-Friendly" Destination
Shortly after the Jamestown settlement was established, Captain John Smith crossed the James River and traded with the Warraskoyack Tribe, first residents of present-day Isle of Wight County. Established in 1634 as one of the 8 original shires of the Virginia Colony, this rural community with its towns of Windsor & Smithfield is rich in history. The flat terrain, rural setting, historic attractions & Downtown Smithfield District make the county a very popular destination for bikers.
The East Coast Greenway, an urban trail system linking 3,000 miles of bike/ped trails across 16 states included Smithfield & Isle of Wight County in its trail connecting the Historic Triangle (Williamsburg/Jamestown/Yorktown) with the Great Dismal Swamp Canal Trail.
Each April, the County hosts its Hams, History, Hospitality & HeART Bicycle Tour, a Relay for Life event that features 12, 35, and 50 mile rides past historic sites & through downtown Smithfield.
The Nike Park to Fort Boykin & Return Bike Route map is available at the Visitor Center. The Town of Smithfield is in the process of building the bike/ped Smithfield to Nike Park Trail & has opened Windsor Castle Park, in downtown Smithfield with pedestrian walking trails, a mountain bike path, and picnic areas. Mountain bikers will find a 3.5-mile wooded trail at Carrollton Nike Park.
While cycling through, don't miss shopping & dining in charming downtown Smithfield. Make your first stop the Visitor Center - also home to the Arts Center @ 319 - offering tourist information, a gallery/gift shop & the chance to chat with resident artists. There you can find information on our historic sites, including the Isle of Wight County Museum, Schoolhouse Museum, Historic St. Luke's Church, Fort Huger & Fort Boykin Historic Park, all within cycling distance over bike-friendly terrain. Looking for an elegant B&B, or beautiful waterfront setting? You'll also find comfortable accommodations here.