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


rock climbing
2 months ago

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

trail running
3 months ago

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

3 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.

4 months ago

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

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!

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

Great urban park!

8 months ago

Really pretty walk!

8 months ago

Way too many peeps

9 months ago

Fairly easy walk with a lot of history!

11 months ago

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

Saturday, October 17, 2015


Monday, September 07, 2015

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.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

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.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

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

Sunday, June 28, 2015

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

Saturday, May 30, 2015

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

Saturday, May 16, 2015

This is a very easy walk with a lot of interesting things to see. The mileage includes the loop around Belle Isle before heading back to Great Shiplock Park.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

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.

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