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The lot is located at 7310 Riverside Drive. That’s a gift that most cities don’t offer. If you have a favorite walking path or hiking trail that we didn’t cover, let us know! Bring bathing suits or water-friendly clothes and cool down on the river rocks. Today, Forest Hill Park offers the perfect place for a family day trip – hike, picnic, and play on the banks of the park’s lake, Reedy Creek or even the nearby James River. But, the park itself also provides a peek into the area’s history. Follow him on twitter @RigganRVA. North Bank Trail Easy/Intermediate. If you want to make a day of it, detour off the trail about five blocks east of the Maymont entrance at Hampton Street and take a smaller trail to Texas Beach, an area of sandy beach and plenty of rocks for sunbathing. “I know everyone was really excited about this one.". Parking: The main parking lot is located at 300 Tredegar Street, and although it offers upper and lower lots, there is only room for about 50 cars – and it can fill up quickly. If we were doing a “Most Popular Outdoor Destinations in Richmond” list, Pony Pasture would be hard to beat. Please subscribe to keep reading. Schools are finally out and it is time to hit a trail, hop a creek, paddle a river, climb a mountain or whatever else hits your sweet spot. “We very much appreciate it and it’s a great flowing ride,” one mountain biker said. And if you’re lucky enough, you might even be able to rock hop your way to Williams’ Island – a 100-acre, uninhabited island filled with wildlife. It’s like a forest oasis. If you’re looking for some technical mountain biking this is a good addition to your ride.”.
The trail is dog-friendly, but you’ll need to keep your furry friends on a leash – especially if you want to see wildlife. Virginia is known for its amazing hiking trails, but most people associate hiking in Virginia with the mountains. But to have all of this right in the heart of downtown? “It just so happened there was a cyclist from out of town, his first time on the North Bank Trail, who happened to be passing by and we said hey would you like to be the first official user of the trail?” Alli said. While the trail can get crowded, it’s worth it. Jan 12, 2016 near Richmond, VA. Jan 12, 2016 near Richmond, VA. Aug 24, 2019 near Richmond, VA. 0 Comments Post Comment. Activities: Hiking, walking, trail running, mountain biking, bird watching, horseback riding.

When she's not exploring Richmond for the latest and greatest resources, offerings, and activities, she can be found daydreaming on travel blogs, drinking too much coffee, and running kids to endless activities. “It just makes for a better experience, staying in the woods the whole time,” JRPS Trails Technician Andrew Alli said. Which is a win in and of itself. The river banks are often busy, but even the trails can fill up quickly with hikers, bikers and trail runners. Dogs Off-Leash in James River Park, Bicycle Spoken Here: Fall Into Trail Riding, Them: "Man, that is the best place to ride! Back in December 2012, Blue Ridge Outdoors named the Buttermilk Trail as the "Best Urban Trail.". To start from the north bank of the James River, cross over Belle Isle to the river’s south bank, make your way west along Riverside Drive, then head north back across the river, coming out at Maymont Park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Belle Isle is a hike through history – not to mention home to some of the most incredible views of the city, the river, and even the hauntingly beautiful historic Hollywood Cemetery. Why is this important?

But the following five won out as our favorites, and once you learn more about them, we think you’ll see why. The new section now completes the loop on the James River trail, running along Richmond’s north and southside from the Nickel Bridge to Belle Isle. Combined with North Bank Trail and Belle Isle Trail 6.5mi Jan 13, 2017 Rachel Llaneras. Parking: A parking lot is located at the trail head at 7200 Jahnke Rd. With all of the development, many creek beds and springs have been redirected or the water sources diminished by man-made alterations to the landscape, leaving the Buttermilk Spring to nothing more than a puddle and a trickle. The other trails aren’t as well marked…or traveled. Along the way, you’ll find wetlands, a wildlife blind and even a small stream called Pleasant Creek. By Nancy Toscano, PhD, LCSWA perfect storm of conditions – some economic, some health-related, some social – is conspiring to create a looming problem... is the go-to source for families in the Richmond and surrounding areas. That meant they were going through a neighborhood for roughly six blocks in order to connect with the North Bank Trail over by the Texas Beach Parking Lot. Along the way, you’re likely to see other hikers, bikers, birdwatchers, dog walkers and nature enthusiasts. Most notoriously, however, Belle Isle was a Civil War prisoner-of-war camp, and today, you can still see the ruins of a Confederate gun emplacement. You’ll probably see more bikers than hikers on the trail, but overall, with less traffic than other more popular trails, the Powhite Park Trail provides a picturesque, if not slightly primitive, hike. Why we love it: For a family that loves outdoor time together, the North Bank and Buttermilk Loop blends urban scenes, forested woods, and sweeping river views into a nearly perfect hike that offers plenty of exercise, but with plenty of diversity. Hiking, biking, running, paddling and more sports and fitness events in Richmond.

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Just like its name implies, this beautiful loop trail takes you through forests and over hills, offering beautiful natural views and tranquility the whole way. Now, after a unique ribbon cutting with a chainsaw Thursday morning, the new section has officially been christened. But, unless you’re feeling adventurous, you’ll most likely want to stay on the two-mile outer loop.
The big wooden holding tub has rotten away and water flow is less due to development.

Activities: Hiking, trail running, mountain biking, rock climbing, rock-hopping, swimming (use caution depending on water levels and currents), historic sites, bird watching. So when you’re done hiking, be sure to explore the rest of the park. Perfect for the whole family, even the furry members (as long as they’re on a leash), the trail is truly accessible, even offering a wheelchair ramp to the river rocks as of 2010. But what you may not know is that the Belle Isle Trail, which runs for 1.8 miles around the perimeter of the island, is filled with history. Forest Hill Park is listed in Virginia’s Historic Register and was once home to a quarry, served as an estate, and even served as an amusement park in the 1920s. Spring is one of my favorite times in Richmond. Hiking Time: About 1 hour, depending on stops. Bring a camera to capture the amazing river views.

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