By Land …
The town of Smithfield and Isle of Wight County are located in Coastal Virginia. And no, we're not an island, but it is easy to get here, whether you're traveling by car, boat, air or rail. While you're on the way, you'll enjoy beautiful scenery and fantastic water views along the shores that helped found our nation. In fact, Genuine Smithfield is the #1 day-trip destination from Williamsburg and the Historic Triangle. Just a free ferry ride across the scenic and historic James River, and a 20-minute country drive puts you right in the heart of downtown Smithfield.
For GPS Directions, the address of our Visitor Center is 319 Main Street, Smithfield, Virginia.
The Colonial Trail
Visitors from Richmond and all points north might enjoy avoiding the interstates by taking the scenic and historic Colonial Trail to Smithfield. Beginning off Interstate 95-South in Richmond and then traveling along Route 10-East, the Colonial Trail winds through Hopewell and Surry County before arriving in Smithfield. This relaxing 90-minute journey will put you in the mood for the laid back vibe you'll enjoy once you arrive.
From Richmond and Washington D.C.
Smithfield is 180 miles south of Washington D.C. (an approximately 3.5-hour drive) and only 70 miles from Richmond, Virginia (approximately a 90 minute drive) making it an easy day-trip destination from these cities.
By Sea ...
Smithfield is located on the Pagan River which feeds directly into the James River. The directions listed below will get you and your water vessel to Smithfield Station Waterfront Inn and Marina. The Pagan has been dredged by the Army Corp of Engineers and the channel is maintained to a minimum depth of 10 feet, creating ample depth for vessels with 6-foot drafts to get up to Smithfield Station.
Proceed through the high rise draw at the James River Bridge;
Head for Days Point - the point of land on the far side of the mouth of the Pagan River. The Pagan River will be the first river opening on the left after the James River Bridge; Look for the Red "2 Day" marker at the mouth of the Pagan River. Follow the day markers to the Pagan River to Smithfield Station. As you continue on the Pagan River, follow the day markers closely. There are several shallow points off the channel.
The ferry crossing, which connects Jamestown to Scotland Wharf in Surry County, takes about 15 - 20 minutes. This free ferry ride is a great introduction to our area. When you stand at the bow, it's easy to imagine the excitement felt by our early colonists as they sailed the James River. After departing the ferry, take Route 10 east from Surry to Smithfield for about 18 miles, then turn left on Main Street at the intersection of Route 10 and Route 258 to the Visitor’s Center at 319 Main Street. Please note! Do not turn at the first directional sign for Smithfield found on Route 10, continue on to the traffic light at Main Street.
By Air ...
Smithfield & Isle of Wight County are easily accessible by air too. We're an easy drive from both Norfolk International Airport and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.
Norfolk International Airport (ORF)
2200 Norview Avenue
Norfolk, Virginia 23518-5807
Newport News Williamsburg International Airport (PHF)
900 Bland Blvd., Suite G
Newport News, Virginia 23602
Richmond International Airport is just 67 miles from downtown Smithfield, making it yet another great option for traveling to the area via air. Washington D.C. is 180 miles from Smithfield so even Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport are options for traveling to the area by air.
By Rail ...
The Newport News Amtrak Station (NPN) is located at 9304 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601, just across the James River Bridge from Isle of Wight County, making traveling by train to the area just as easy.