Belle Isle Trail

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Belle Isle Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Richmond, VA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.8 miles 75 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

rock climbing

trail running

walking

whitewater kayaking

beach

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

28 days ago

This is such a wonderful trail to walk on if you are a native of Richmond or just visiting. There is plenty of history along the trail as well as plenty of gorgeous views of the James river. It is great walk for children and dogs as well.

1 month ago

Beautiful day to walk and learn about the area history.

hiking
2 months ago

This place was super cool. Not only is the scenery to die for but the history that floods this trail is unreal. Multiple stops along the trail and cool tidbits of history info. So glad I chose to go see what this place was about.

walking
2 months ago

Great little walking trail. Interesting views as well as history. Can get a little crowded at times, however I have always meet good people on this trail. If I lived closer I would be there as often as my time permits.

walking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

8 months ago

must see for showing out of town guests

mountain biking
1 year ago

Love this place

1 year ago

Awesome!

walking
1 year ago

By far the best times was on this trail. When the tides are low a bunch of my friends just picked a rock to lay on and had bonfires.

walking
1 year ago

There is much to see and do, particularly if you are into civil war history, but this place is always very crowded, and being that it is in the heart of the city, you have a nice mix of the rudest people.

walking
1 year ago

Awesome in the summer. Very cool pedestrian bridge over to the island.

1 year ago

Lots to see and do fun walking on the big boulders and swimming too...also pet friendly :o)

1 year ago

LOVE THIS PLACE IN RVA! A sanctuary for me all summer!!

hiking
1 year ago

Went on a rainy, cloudy day in April. Lots of things to see from historical to rocks to the Rapids. Totally recommend and will be coming back! Not strenuous and kid friendly.

hiking
1 year ago

An enjoyable little island with lots to see. The river rapids, the ruins from over the years (hydroelectric plant, Civil War POW camp, etc. Besides the main loop, there are a few interior trails that are worth exploring as well.

hiking
2 years ago

Awesome place for spending some time outdoors. Today we hiked along the south shore of the James, played on the rocks with the kiddos (ages 4, 2), then crossed the bridge to Belle Isle, hiked the loop and put our feet in the water. Next time we'll probably do some swimming and there are places to mountain bike, rock climb, kayak, raft, picnic, or just enjoy the outdoors. Love this place-- we'll be back.

mountain biking
2 years ago

This site has more than just one mile. Along the hill side many more trails to explore and ride. A clean up was done just in the past month so very clean and ready to ride.