Pony Pasture Rapids Trails

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Pony Pasture Rapids Trails is a 2.1 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.

2.1 miles
16 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running






4 days ago

Really enjoyed this quiet and peaceful trail with my dog. If you want to venture close to the water it’s easy to do so or you can stay on the path. Very shady so perfect on a warm day

2 months ago

The view of the river is great. This is a fantastic place for a morning or afternoon walk. Pack a lunch and enjoy the views while you eat. This is a very easy walk.

3 months ago

Parking is very close to Trail. Trail is very close to James River. You can spend lot of time on the river side. Very kid friendly. My 10 year and 2 year old enjoyed a lot. Spotted a huge owl in the Trail was a bonus

5 months ago

Nice, easy walk along the river. Lots of spots to hang out for the day and jump in.

5 months ago

Beautiful walk alongside river. There is a gravel path but we had more fun walking along the beach of the river where we could. Lots of other walkers on the gravel path and dogs.

7 months ago

Beautiful trail with awesome views of bell isle and the water. It wasn’t crowded at all and was very peaceful. But it’s really easy to get lost because there are so many other paths that branch off from the main trail, and it overlaps with multiple other trails. Make sure to remember which turns you took.

8 months ago

Literally just out our backdoor.
Great trails for a jog, a morning cup of coffee or an afternoon cocktail.
Look for RVA Rocks!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Good trail for kids - flat, mostly wooded and by the water. You can make it shorter or longer easily. Bring bug spray!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Fun little nature walk for young kids. The side paths near the river make for extra exploration and a feeling of adventure for young ones. We walked from the main lot to wetlands looped around and back again.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Nice, easy walk. Can be busy at times though.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Great location along the beautiful James River!

Monday, October 31, 2016

lovely path for the feel of Fall and beautiful river views.

mountain biking
Monday, October 24, 2016

We have taken the boys and the dog here many times. Great place to ride bikes, run the dog, and get in the river.

trail running
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Great swimming and river wading to boulders after loose pack trail running. Flat. Good for recovery day

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Cool hang out spot or great place to launch kayaks.
Parking is limited as it fills up pretty quickly on wknds. Over 150 parking spots are filled with people waiting by 11am. Seems like a locals meeting/social place to have drinks together as you lay on the rocks or swim in the Rapids but no one is rowdy or loud. This is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Whenever the water is over 5ft life jackets are required. Other then that there aren't many restrictions as to what you can and can't do.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Awesome next to the river

Monday, July 04, 2016

We did with 3 kids and everybody had fun, it was easy and flat... Lots of people were hanging around the river.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Great little walk for my toddler and I.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

It was a beautiful location but I was a little creeped out by some of the people just hanging out. I was hiking alone in day time and I still didn't feel 100% safe. With a friend it's probably best. Also it was not well marked so I was not always co didn't I was on the correct path. There are many little spur paths.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Peaceful easy nature walk. Couldn't complete the entire track due to some of the path being flooded, but what I got to was a great morning walk by the river.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

We were on our way back from Kentucky and hiked this gem right before the rain got too heavy.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Great late afternoon hike.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

nice place to fly fish

Monday, January 11, 2016

Peaceful and very easy. Good to do with kids.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Nice trail for beginner group of hikers.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Nice river walk. Take the time to walk the boulders and swim in the summer.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

It's a nice family trail

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Beautiful scenery. We went in the morning and saw an osprey, a heron, and lots of turtles sunning themselves. We recommend wearing pants in the summer, there was a lot of poison ivy growing close to the narrower paths. Otherwise, a great hike for adults, kids, and dogs.

mountain biking
Friday, October 05, 2012

As I live close by, I've done this and the single-track side trails many times. Go early or on a week day do avoid hikers and their dogs, many of which may be off lease.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Nice place to take a dip or enjoy a nice shaded walk through the woods. Kinda hard to tell the exact route of the trail for logging purposes but a nice stroll nonetheless. Can be done without any gear and in sneakers. -1 star for unclear route, but you won't get lost.

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