Belle Isle Trail

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Belle Isle Trail is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Richmond, Virginia 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.

1.7 miles
49 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

paddle sports

road biking

rock climbing

trail running






wild flowers


3 days ago

Really interesting trail, but very populated. It's an easy hike with a lot to see and several spots for the pups (and you) to swim. The bridge over the James River was a really cool way to start and end the trip. The structures and rock wall along the way were really cool places to explore and take photos. I'd say it's more of an urban walk than a hike, though. We had to park a bit up the road (parking is very limited, especially for how busy it is) and in total "hiked" just over 3 miles from start to finish.

27 days ago

Great trail just to get out and about. Very easy. Make it longer by walking the Buttermilk trail to Belle Isle.

1 month ago

Very neat trail. Shaded and a lot of historical pieces along the trail. Bring water and bug spray!

1 month ago

Great views of the James River. Fantastic place to go for an afternoon stroll. Pack a lunch and enjoy a superb river view from downtown Richmond.

Some bouldering or mountain biking can be thrown in for an extra fun element.

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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

4 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.

rock climbing
7 months ago

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

trail running
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

10 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!

11 months ago

Awesome to hike along the river and rapids! A must to stop on the rocks/boulders to take in the scenery.

11 months ago

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

Friday, July 21, 2017

Great urban park!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Really pretty walk!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Way too many peeps

Friday, June 02, 2017

Fairly easy walk with a lot of history!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Have explored for years walking, jogging, backpacking, and geocaching. It's nice alone, or w/others. Can be busy, but not bad. Nice to experience during different seasons.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Beautiful, historical spot for an easy walk

Monday, November 07, 2016

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.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Beautiful day to walk and learn about the area history.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

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.

Monday, June 27, 2016

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.

Monday, June 20, 2016

My go to lunch walk. Great views of the city, river, and canal! If you are lucky, you may spot a few Eagles!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

must see for showing out of town guests

mountain biking
Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Love this place

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