Isle of Wight County was established in 1634 as one of the original eight shires of the Virginia Colony, this rural community with its towns of Windsor and Smithfield is rich in history. The flat terrain, rural setting, historic attractions and Main Street in downtown Smithfield make the county a very popular destination for bikers. Here are some popular options.
The Nike Park to Fort Boykin and Return Bike Route is available at the Visitor Center. Windsor Castle Park, in downtown Smithfield offers walking trails, a mountain bike path, dog park, state-of-the-art kayak/canoe launch and picnic areas. Mountain bikers will also find a 2.5-mile wooded trail at CarrolltonNike Park.
Make your first stop the Visitor Center - also home to the Arts Center @ 319 - offering tourist information, a gallery/gift shop and 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, and Fort Huger & Fort Boykin Historic Park, all within cycling distance over bike-friendly terrain.
Be sure to pick up a map and brochure on the town's Porcine Parade - eight life-size statues of market hogs, painted by local artists to reflect an aspect of the town's rich history, culture and recreation. Also ask for a Passport to Savings discount card for area merchants.
Smithfield & Isle of Wight Convention & Visitors Bureau - www.genuinesmithfieldva.com