James River North Bank and Buttermilk Loop Trail

EASY 108 reviews
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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.

10 days ago

hiking
11 days 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
17 days 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
18 days ago

hiking
19 days 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
22 days ago

26 days ago

Great for trail hike or run but be careful!

hiking
27 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
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hiking
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2 months ago

Beautiful morning for a hike around the James River.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail did the entire trail got in some great cardio skill levels are marked on the trail if you want to add some difficulty didn't like the markings for directions after the bridge by the boulevard kinda got lost but otherwise great

2 months ago

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hiking
3 months ago

Great trail for hiking just be careful to lookout for bikers and be sure to avoid the poison ivy!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail. Good for jogging and mountain biking.