City Escape: Richmond, Virginia

City Escape: Richmond, Virginia
This route transports riders from Richmond, VA, the former Confederate capital, across rolling farmland in central Virginia to several iconic locations, marking the final days of the American Civil War in the spring of 1865. Riders interested in Civil War history should factor in plenty of time to peruse the historic sites and museums. Although this escape can be taken most anytime outside of the coldest winter months, the best riding times are in spring and fall.


Approximately 205 miles

Meet-up Spot

Starbucks, 11413 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA

Lunch Stop

Indulge in authentic Mexican fare with creative dishes and generous portions at El Cazador Mexican Grill. Find it at 7799 Richmond Hwy, Appomattox, VA, (434) 352-7093.

Scenery (3 out of 5)

Bucolic, cultivated terrain and heavily forested areas are the norm along this relaxing rural ramble.

Traffic (4 out of 5)

Very little traffic will be encountered along many sections of this mostly two-lane rural route, especially on weekdays.

Difficulty (3 out of 5)

Although the route involves a number of directional and road changes, it isn’t difficult to negotiate and is appropriate for virtually all experienced riders on street bikes. Frequent sweeping curves and moderate elevation changes make for a most enjoyable ride.

Road Conditions (3 out of 5)

Although the quality of the roads vary over the course of the entire route, all of them are paved and in relatively good condition.

Points of Interest

Appomattox Court House National Historic Park
The historic village of Appomattox Courthouse is where Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865. The village features a dozen buildings, a museum, a theater, and ranger talks.

Museum of the Confederacy–Appomattox
Exhibits, from a rich collection of artifacts, detail events leading up to and following the Civil War. Of particular interest are General Lee’s sword and uniform.

Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park
On April 6, 1865, nearly a quarter of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s army, some 7,700 men, were killed, wounded, or captured during the battle here. Lee surrendered 72 hours later at Appomattox Courthouse.

Pocahontas State Park
After putting in a long day in the saddle, retracing the end of the Civil War, take a break at Pocahontas State Park, which has an aquatic center, a 225-acre lake, and several other recreational venues.