James River North Bank and Buttermilk Loop Trail

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James River North Bank and Buttermilk Loop Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Richmond, Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.9 miles Elevation Gain: 636 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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

7 hours ago

A little crowded on weekends and you have to watch for bikes. Otherwise, a nice hike in the middle of Richmond.

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail! Get there early on the weekend to park in the lot and to avoid the crowds. Lots of bikes on the trail but all were courteous on the tighter sections of the trail.

mountain biking
8 days ago

Awesome trail for being in a city. A bit of foot traffic today but it was still plenty of fun for me.

hiking
closed
off trail
rocky
8 days ago

Love this trail. Very crowded though but I still had a great time. Perfect for a long hike or a nice biking trail.

This app sucks for this entrance. Dunno why it always leaves the first couple miles out

hiking
23 days ago

I have hiked all along the James River, but had never completed this whole trail. I highly enjoyed and would recommend to anyone in the area. Good mix of moderate and easy stretches. This trail will be added to my monthly go to list

hiking
bridge out
flooded
washed out
1 month ago

was a good trail. would be better if most of the trails weren't flooded out. but will be back.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was great! We went over some bridges, found some cool places to stop, and really enjoyed it! There are a few places that have some drops next to the trail, but my dog wasn’t too scared. Would love to hike it again!

hiking
1 month ago

I tried to go 4/19 and all the parking lots were closed so people were parking on the side of the road. Unfortunately we were unable to find a place to park.

hiking
1 month ago

More crowded than I hoped on a mostly narrow trail - jumped out on Riverside Dr to social distance better. Bridge to Belle Isle was closed from South bank, so I crossed back over Lee Bridge with traffic. Nice to get outside and shake the cabin fever though!!

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty busy on a Sunday. Was difficult to find parking. Lots of police presence, an unmarked car driving thru people without hiking. Otherwise a great trail. Stopped for some fun in the James River with the kids. Lots of broken glass, barefooted, beware!

Def did the whole thing. Not sure why it didn’t record belle isle. . Best part of RVA is this trail system. What a lovely day.

hiking
blowdown
3 months ago

What a wonderful loop! Definitely highlights some great outdoor spots in Richmond. A small part of the Buttermilk is closed but there is a detour. There are also some blow downs on the Buttermilk that I imagine would be hard to maneuver with a bike. There are great detour options at Texas Beach, Pumphouse Park and Belle Isle. I would recommend going west from the Reedy Creek parking lot in order to get good views ahead of you if the city skyline when you’re on the Northbank. I hiked this trail in the beginning of February and was shocked at how much beautiful greenery there was! A must-hike for any RVA hiker.

Beautiful loop! Several bikers and folks with leashes dogs. Beautiful views. A little bit muddy because of yesterday’s rain but not too bad.

hiking
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
closed
off trail
6 months ago

running
7 months ago

Good for trail running. Watch out for bikers that come up behind you fast with some not worried about running you down...

running
7 months ago

Fairly flat with a lot of nice scenic views

hiking
scramble
8 months ago

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