Bicycling Information

Safety

Bicyclists ride at their own risk.

Cyclists may use all paved roadways within the park and should follow the same laws and regulations that apply to the safe operation of motor vehicles as required in local and state laws. In order to conform to state laws, bicycles should travel in single file and stay on the right side of the road. Bicyclists should be aware that these roads have vehicular traffic and practice good defensive cycling techniques.

There are not bike lanes to separate cyclists from vehicular traffic at any Colonial National Historical Park locations.
 
Map of Colonial National Historical Park showing the Colonial Parkway connnecting Yorktown, Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne
Colonial Parkway

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Biking the Colonial Parkway

This 23-mile scenic three-lane highway, connects Yorktown Battlefield, Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne. The Parkway starts at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center parking, heads west following the York River to Williamsburg, turns south to follow the James River, and ends up in the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center parking lot.

Composed of a cobble aggregate pavement, the highway simulates an early Colonial Virginia roadway and can present a rough, bumpy ride for bicyclists. The center lane of this three-lane roadway is for passing only; signs indicate no passing zones. Posted speed limit for vehiclar traffic along the parkway varies from 35 to 45 mph.

 
Map of the Williamsburg Tunnel bypass for bicycles and pedestrians

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The Parkway has a tunnel under part of Colonial Williamsburg and regulations prohibit pedestrians or bicycles in the tunnel for safety reasons. To access the bicycle tunnel bypass from Yorktown, take the exit after the Parkway passes under Lafayette Street. At the "T" turn right onto England Street. Turn left onto Lafayette Street. Follow Lafayette Street to Henry Street and turn left again. Follow Henry Street until you reach Newport Avenue. Turn left and follow the signs to Jamestown via the Colonial Parkway. Turn right onto the Parkway.

Yorktown Battlefield Tour Roads

There are two tour roads in Yorktown, the seven-mile Battlefield Tour Road, marked by red arrows, and the nine-mile Encampment Tour Road, marked by yellow arrows.

The Battlefield Tour Road begins at the Visitor Center parking lot. Both routes utilize other park roads and heavily-traveled state highways. (The Encampment Tour road has less traffic.) Motor vehicles may use all streets in Yorktown, except Main Street. Main Street closes to vehicular traffic Spring through Fall. On the Tobacco Road footbridge, bicyclists must dismount and walk across for safety reasons. Pick up maps of the tour roads and town from the Battlefield Visitor Center. Battlefield Tour Roads are open to pedestrians, bicycles, and motor vehicles. All state and local traffic regulations apply.

 
Map of Historic Jamestowne's Scenic Loop Drive

Jamestown Island Tour Loop

Jamestown has a one-way three/five mile scenic loop drive of the Island. This loop drive is open to pedestrians, bicycles and motor vehicles. There is not a bike lane separating cyclists and pedestrians from vehicular traffic. From the Historic Jamestowne parking lot, follow the signs to the loop drive. All state and local traffic regulations apply.

Last updated: January 25, 2022

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