dogs on leash
Beautiful hike. I went on a Sunday so it was fairly busy, lots of mountain bikers and running groups. The path is pretty narrow and has a fairly steep drop off along the majority of the way. As it's not a loop but doubles back, you'll hit a lot of traffic in both directions. It's hard enough to step aside to let others pass, nearly impossible with 2 large dogs. I'd recommend going if you're with a group that can help you bully your way through, but I'll skip another solo trip.
Cool hang out spot or great place to launch kayaks.
Parking is limited as it fills up pretty quickly on wknds. Over 150 parking spots are filled with people waiting by 11am. Seems like a locals meeting/social place to have drinks together as you lay on the rocks or swim in the Rapids but no one is rowdy or loud. This is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Whenever the water is over 5ft life jackets are required. Other then that there aren't many restrictions as to what you can and can't do.
Fell in love with this place today. Cool bridge suspended underneath the highway so you can cross the James river with spectacular views. Bustling with bikers/ hikers/ families/ dog walkers enjoying the outdoors. There is so much to see between the water views, old hydro plant, rock walls, mountain bike course (belle isle skills area), and the Hollywood cemetery. Great place to visit!
*Don't leave valuables in your car (obviously), there are periodic reports of break ins however the police were patrolling today which was good to see.
I like this island is a historic site. It is where the confederates held union soldiers as prisoners. I like playing in the water there. The hike is pretty easy. Its a good beginner hike. I also like that there is a part that you can do some rock climbing.