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Parts of the river trail were closed for repair/construction/unknown but there were largely alternate routes available.

We took a wrong turn and headed down Dyke Marsh’s trail, which is marked, unlike the proper trail. Parking is fantastic as there’s a free lot at the marina. The trail is paved, along George Washington pkwy. On a sunny February day there were a lot of bikers and folks walking dogs. It’ll be very pretty scenery come the spring so I’d go back then.

over grown
snow
13 days ago

I walk this trail regularly. Really don't see many people there. there are restrooms, but they aren't cleaned to often . one of the issues are that people don't clean up their dog's poop. That's the most scariest thing I've encountered there.

A well maintained easy enjoyable trail. Lots of people walking their dogs.

hiking
16 days ago

Love this beautiful trail riding through Smithfield!! The Bald Eagles we’re flying too which was a special treat! The ride through the woods was easy and so scenic. The water view at the bridge was so beautiful and It surprised me to see a fellow bike rider I occasionally see laying and playing on his plastic inner tube in the mucky water after his bike ride. I definitely give this park five stars!

walking
20 days ago

I've done this trail a few times and truly enjoy it. I've also participated in the annual trail run here in the spring. I usually don't run into many on the trail, but then again I usually walk the trail in the winter months, so that may be a factor.

Great trail! Clearly marked lots of different trees. Benches along the trail if needed.

hiking
26 days ago

Super easy! Beautiful to look at. Not advanced, but fun to do every once in a while.

Lovely trail and very quiet in the cold weather but river trail blocked with construction work.
Road is blocked to the visitors centre because of the shutdown.

hiking
1 month ago

probably have done this same trail hundreds of times the beauty of the james never gets old

Me and a friend hiked this trail on an early Sunday Morning and it was amazing. The view was beautiful and the weather was nice. Not strenuous at all, you could even bring children along. Nice trail about 5 miles.

It was a great little hike. It had rained two days before and it was not too flooded when we went. We were going to scope out the rock climbing and they have some good problems up with hooks all ready to go. We will for sure come back this summer to work on the problems.

Four stars because it was a little dirty but that’s kind of expected seeing as there was a ton of people there. There were kids smoking pot in the woods too. But in all it was great!

If you like rock climbing this is a great spot!

One of my favorite go-to walks. It's beautiful in all seasons, always something different to see no matter how many times I go.

Fun, family oriented trail with lots for kids and adults to do. Can get very muddy after rainy periods.

A pleasantly calm and beautiful scenery for all types of people.

I mean, it's Richmond, so yeah there's TONS of trash everywhere. However, deep in the parts where people are usually to lazy to walk, everything gets BEAUTIFUL! Also, there are walls to rock climb. I do this with my parents a couple of times throughout the year.

as of Jan 1, 2019 the trail isn't complete at the Smith River complex side, very muddy. look as if it will be nice once completed

walking
1 month ago

Not much here. Nice to have lots of water surrounding the park but the trail didn't even seem like a mile.

Very enjoyable and scenic. We were able to keep a great pace while taking in the views. Loved it!

Great way to see Great Falls and views above the Potomac River.

Grew up on going here, I grew up not far away and my dad literally grew up across the river. It’s a beautiful place and a must see for anyone visiting Richmond! Pet friendly, handicap accessible,hiking,biking,swimming,rapids, views, historic....you have everything in one spot.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely my favorite trail in RVA. I usually go here a lot with friends, and it’s always an easy and historic trail that never ceases to be fun.

trail running
2 months ago

Once you get in the park it’s a good route

11-18, Took us 2hr 40 mins to complete. Spectacular views along the Potomac. I think I’ve have given it a 5-star rating if it was an out and back but I didn’t love the 2nd half (away from the water). Overall a really nice hike. Not too much elevation gain.

8-18, Love this trail for walking/ running. The boardwalk offers very nice views. Certain sections can be very crowded but it thins out the further you are from the parking area. Very pretty flowers along the trail

One of the best trails in the area because of how diverse it is. Great water views and crossings, open fields, and shaded woods all in one. Friendly folks are encountered here in Smithfield which is always a plus. Good for all ages.

trail running
2 months ago

I really enjoy this portion of the trail area in Prince William Forest Park. Going either direction you can keep up some speed most of the way when running, however there are some areas that you’ll need to slow down for and pick your way over some rocks. I included this trail in a portion of a long run recently. Currently a lot of leaves are covering the trail and it can be difficult to see the rocks and roots that are trying to roll your ankles. Enjoy!

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