A visit to Jamestown Island can include an exploration of the scenic landscape. The marshes and dense woods are reminiscent of what colonists would have seen 400 years ago.

The paved three- and five-mile loops are accessible to cars, bicycles, and pedestrians. Wildlife is abundant, including migratory birds and bald eagles who live on the island year-round. At Black Point on the island’s eastern tip, take time to park and walk the footpath to the James River for an incredible panoramic view.

Many other stops on the island paths feature historical markers and scenic views. Among the stops are several Civil War fortifications that can still be found in the forests along the road. On the eve of the Civil War, the entire island was under the ownership of William Allen. His slaves fortified Jamestown to control traffic on the James River.