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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.7 miElevation gain49 ftRoute typeLoop
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The suspension bridge over James River is just the first thing you will be amazed by as you wander to and around Belle Isle. There are several other, more narrow and uneven paths within this loop to explore. Accessibility: It is unclear if there are designated accessible spaces in the paved or unpaved parking lots off of Brown's Island Way at the north end of the trail. The trail surface is pavement (with railings at the suspension bridge), packed gravel, or natural (dirt, roots, etc.), and typically 3 to 5 feet wide. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (5% or less) except for steep (8-12%) uphill and downhill sections at about 0.1, 0.6, and 1.4 miles when going counterclockwise. Trail goers/hikers using wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers may need assistance in the steeper sections or to avoid them for safety. All-terrain tires or motorized equipment may be needed for the unpaved areas. There are benches and picnic tables along the route for resting.

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Bob Corson
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made a loop with Potterfield bridge

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Jason Dicks
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Graffiti

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Changju Lee
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Great city park!!

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Cabezas House
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Crowded for spring break. Went up the hill to the smaller in woods trails and they were nice

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Charles Mcgaffic
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Robert Bragg
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Ken Brockenbrough
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Jamie Booth
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Zinc Park
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Historical

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Morgen Alden
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Charles Mcgaffic
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Cory Esson
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Nice trail with suspension bridge and history

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Jeff Benford
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I had a good time

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Doug Steele
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Beautiful and restorative walk in any season.

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Jonathan Eckert
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Love the middle trails. Good elevation and secluded. Very busy on the main trail.

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Dumblepug & Co
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Normally a great place but it’s so crowded with people on the weekends it’s quite uncomfortable. Go early and avoid the crowds.

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Christina Whipple
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Mike Banks
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Suzy Delong
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Joyce Zhang
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Vicky Castillo
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Oh Awesome simple but intriguing trail that you need to cross a cool suspension bridge underneath a highway turnpike to get to. Rapids are really cool viewpoint along one side of the trail that loops around and goes through a more wooded area on the other side. Several other trails in between the loop.

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Ben Goodsell
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Ronald Roderick
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Great place to walk. Its really neat to be able to go out on the rocks in the rapids. I was fortunate to see several kayakers running the rapids. Inside to outer loop are small foot trails for hiking and biking that weave through the interior of the island. The quarry is amazing.

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Bob C
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John Moore
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Really nice trail, parking at the trailhead seems to be problematic at times. The walk across the suspension bridge is great. The red loop on the map takes a walk about the perimeter of the island but some of the spots on the interior of the island and also near the Transformer Building are really stunning places.

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Courtney Marie
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Jennifer Roberts
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The trail was great! Parking for the trail was packed so we parked at the museum (3.00 an hour) and walked down to the paved ramp. I got turned around so stay on the sidewalk and walk under the bridge and you’ll see the entrance. I tried to go up the dirt path and that’s not the way! The trail is short but there’s so many smaller areas off the trail you can explore. We spent about 3 hours there. The hydro plant was really cool to see but the entrance to it was sealed off. I still managed a few photos though. We brought our dog and two kids (9&6) and everyone loved it! Next time we plan to bring lunch or dinner and spend more time there exploring. Even though it was busy, everyone was well spaced out and there were times we didn’t see anytime for awhile.

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Dana Kalnins
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Christopher Biagiarelli
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