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Parking is very close to Trail. Trail is very close to James River. You can spend lot of time on the river side. Very kid friendly. My 10 year and 2 year old enjoyed a lot. Spotted a huge owl in the Trail was a bonus

walking
1 month ago

Enjoyable walk with plenty of beautiful views of the city and river. The hidden gem for me was definitely stumbling across the pipeline trail that runs under the train tracks and over the water. Easy for the family to experience. (However, I wouldn’t suggest the pipeline trail for younger kids or hyper pets).

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyed this. Easy walk, beautiful day, not too crowded during the week. A few good photo opportunities

trail running
1 month ago

Love this trail! Slightly difficult at times but it encourages you to keep moving. Best to go during the week. This trail will lead you to Belle Isle and even to Browns Island if you chose to keep going.

Other than the history of the Bell Isle, and exploring the old power plant, this hike is fairly lame. If your looking to pass some time or can’t really find anything else to do in Richmond, I guess I’d go here.

Great walk with nice views! Easy trails. Perfect distance for the dog who loved it!

It's a great trail also great a part of history at the same time in RVA....

hiking
2 months ago

Really easy, leisurely trail. Great for a chill hour-long afternoon hike. A little dirty in some areas, but that’s to be expected in the city. Kids could easily complete this hike.

Nice, easy walk along the river. Lots of spots to hang out for the day and jump in.

Beautiful walk alongside river. There is a gravel path but we had more fun walking along the beach of the river where we could. Lots of other walkers on the gravel path and dogs.

3 months ago

Such a wonderful walk, one of Richmond's hidden gems is the canal.

This trail is awesome! But it gets crowded on the weekends.

Beautiful trail with awesome views of bell isle and the water. It wasn’t crowded at all and was very peaceful. But it’s really easy to get lost because there are so many other paths that branch off from the main trail, and it overlaps with multiple other trails. Make sure to remember which turns you took.

rock climbing
5 months ago

Amazing outdoor walls, right on the river, a great day activity for any aged climber.

trail running
5 months ago

The trail itself is not bad but the smell from the water treatment plant is horrible. Not worth it.

Literally just out our backdoor.
Great trails for a jog, a morning cup of coffee or an afternoon cocktail.
Look for RVA Rocks!

5 months ago

Great trail for a Christmas Day family hike!

trail running
6 months ago

Awesome trails.. we run them in combination with the surrounding trails!

trail running
6 months ago

These are excellent trails! Fun obstacles to run.. beautiful scenery ! The mountain bikers are courteous . Challenging , nature, fun!

This almost got a four star because of the various abandoned water buildings to explore in alongside the river. Lots of eclectic picture opportunities as long as your not trying to get beautiful River pics.

walking
7 months ago

More for walkers and runners than anything else. Still very pleasant.

hiking
7 months ago

Great city hike. Easily done by most parties. Doesn’t even seem like you’re in Richmond!

walking
7 months ago

8 months ago

This place was so much fun! It was a little hard to find at the beginning but well worth the destination with all the big rocks on the river. Def going back!

walking
8 months ago

This is an excellent 4+ mile in-city walk/hike; it's much more invigorating than a flat surface walk w/rises, twists, rocks and roots to navigate. During the week in the mornings it is not heavily traveled so it's often quite peaceful in the woods (unless the train is running).

hiking
9 months ago

Great urban trail... and feels outside of the city. Narrow trail that’s shared by bikers and hikers and at certain times be high traffic, but not enough to deter from the trek.

Great trails! Beautiful views of the river and rapids! Nice to stop on the rocks to take in the scenery.

walking
10 months ago

easy walk, enjoyed, nice weather. afterward spent time on the rocks, beautiful scenery.

Good trail for kids - flat, mostly wooded and by the water. You can make it shorter or longer easily. Bring bug spray!

Fun little nature walk for young kids. The side paths near the river make for extra exploration and a feeling of adventure for young ones. We walked from the main lot to wetlands looped around and back again.

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