You've seen the sites and taken the Williamsburg/Yorktown/Jamestown tours. Now it's time for something completely different - a memorable day spent along the Salty Southern Trail. There's plenty of history along the trail of course, but there's also the art and culture of the region to discover, terrific shopping and of course, great places to eat! Getting here is half the fun on the Jamestown/Scotland FREE Ferry which will take you across the historic waters of the James River. As soon as you disembark in Surry County, you're in pork and peanut territory and ready to explore the Salty Southern Route!
- One of the highlights of your trip will surely be crossing the historic James River via the FREE Jamestown/Scotland Ferry – both to and from the Salty Southern Route!
- Bacon’s Castle is located just up the road from the ferry dock – an easy first stop on the route. Originally built in 1665, the “Castle” is the oldest existing brick dwelling in Virginia. Its name is derived from the fortified role it played in Bacon's Rebellion.
- Left at the town of Surry’s only traffic light and a scenic country drive will put you right in the heart of charming downtown Smithfield. Enjoy lunch at the iconic Smithfield Inn (or Brunch if you visit on Sunday).
- Spend some time strolling along Smithfield’s Main Street with its galleries, shops and attractions – all within easy walking distance. Just park and walk.
- Pop into the Isle of Wight County Museum to hear the background story on the region’s peanut and pork industries. Afterwards, indulge in a treat from the Smithfield Ice Cream Parlor.
- Next, head back up Route 10 to the gorgeous riverside Chippokes State Park for a hike to the beach or to tour the historic farm and manor house.
- Be sure to swing by Edwards Ham Shoppe or the Hampton Roads Winery for edible souvenirs of your time on the Salty Southern Route.
- Finally, located just up the road from the ferry is Surry Seafood, owned and managed by the same folks who operate the Smithfield Station and the perfect spot for dinner before your return ferry ride back to Williamsburg.