James River North Bank and Buttermilk Loop Trail

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James River North Bank and Buttermilk Loop Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately 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 and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
659 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Reedy Creek parking area is on Riverside Drive at Hillcrest Road.

Portions of the trail were not clearly marked and I would rate this more as a low moderate rather than easy. We managed to hike the loop with a 3 1/2 year old and a 1 year in a backpack and managed but there was definitely some difficulty.

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

trail running
21 days ago

Great route to run that is easy to follow and has a large variety of terrain. I would highly recommend everyone in town to at a minimum hike these to see Richmond from another perspective.

For those that want to push, the entire loop is runnable with most ascents and descents not lasting too long. Nothing overly difficult to run over either along the way.

trail running
23 days ago

Well paved and interesting route, easy to make it a loop and increase your distance with Belle Isle and buttermilk trails!

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

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hiking
1 month ago

Great loop, I would agree it is more at the low end of moderate than easy because of certain stretches but nothing truly difficult. Really pleasant hike with lots of different scenery and a good workout.

walking
1 month ago

This is an incredibly beautiful trail. One word of caution however: this trail is rated as easy even though half of it is the buttermilk trail which is, according to this site, moderate. I was not prepared for the terrain on the buttermilk trail, but still made it around the loop! The bikers were all friendly and able to share the trail. We went slowly, savoring the sights and sounds, and made this a four hour tour.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I enjoyed hiking this diverse loop. It has a fun mix of wooded sections, bridges, a little bit of elevation and rocks. We got to the Reedy Creek parking area about 11AM and were luck to get a spot. After completing the loop I saw there were a ton of cars outside the lot in residential streets. Parking could be an issue here. There are other lots you could park in to complete this loop including the north side of Boulevard bridge and the north side of the Belle Island bridge.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Great for trail hike or run but be careful!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail. Lots to see. Be smarter than me and don't do this on a day with 95% humidity.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely a bit more challenging than "easy", but really fun. Lots to see.

hiking
2 months ago

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