Explore the most popular birding trails near Richmond with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

found this taking a wrong turn on the buttermilk trail, nice trail gets kinda noisey near the end though when youre right next to the road. nice spot to hang out on some rocks near a stream

hiking
7 days ago

I've been coming here since high school! It is very populated so it is best to go on week days. The parking lot is usually overflowing. It is best to drive across the bridge and park on the other side of the river and you can walk from another bridge and go about that way. There are lots of rocks to stop and swim along the way. Unfortunately, I have stopped going here due to increase in trash/broken glass. Still a very cool place to explore in the middle of the city!

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

Overall an enjoyable hike but longer than we anticipated. Everyone on the trail was courteous and shared the space well. We went west on the Buttermilk Trail from the parking lot. This section was difficult but worth it with elevation changes and a couple rock scrambles. Crossing the river on the Boulevard Bridge had great views of the river and the Dooley House of Maymont. We then followed the North Bank trail, which was easy until we got past the neighborhood streets beyond Maymont and then we were back to elevation changes, switchbacks, and a lot of loose rock/gravel that made it difficult. The walking bridge and Belle island were easy. We took the pedestrian bridge from Belle to the southside and followed the Reedy Creek high water trail back to the parking lot.

Great fun hike with the family. Kids enjoyed the switchback trails and elevation changes. Had a good variety of scenery and was a good distance at just under 3 miles for our 8 and 6 year olds.
Definitely will do it again

hiking
24 days ago

Fun trail. Moderate traffic during the week, but heavy traffic during the weekend. Definitely bring bug spray

when you get to the rock climbing wall at the end of the bridge to the left there's a small crawlspace that's not visible but if you find it a good adventure begins

amazing scenery take the mansion tour very nice

Beautiful walk/hike. You forget that you are in a city. A great place to be on a hot summer's day.

Great trail for running. Also mountain biking. Quiet in most sections. Pretty well marked. Nice views of the river. Very wooded so you feel far from the city even though you’re in it.

trail running
1 month ago

You’ll hafta make a few laps to get 2 miles out of it, but it’s a pretty forested trail. There’s also a large suburban kid’s park and a nature center. Dog-friendly. Lots of nature - bird nests, turtles, lizards, mushrooms, deer - in a small space. Low traffic and flat - a good place to work on pace or break in new shoes.

Fun urban experience.

walking
1 month ago

Really interesting trail, but very populated. It's an easy hike with a lot to see and several spots for the pups (and you) to swim. The bridge over the James River was a really cool way to start and end the trip. The structures and rock wall along the way were really cool places to explore and take photos. I'd say it's more of an urban walk than a hike, though. We had to park a bit up the road (parking is very limited, especially for how busy it is) and in total "hiked" just over 3 miles from start to finish.

Awsome walking trails! Beautiful scenery! However we got a little turned around in certain spots. Just follow the map, you walk down a road a little bit but if you follow the map it will bring you to the rest of the trail :)

Huge tree down that I had to climb under. I was running so that was a hindrance. Trail is nice and shady for walking Easy to park.

fantastic. so many cool things to see along the way. river is beautiful and you can swim in it. recommend water shoes

It's beautiful just to walk around especially in the Japanese garden. I loved the animals and the kid farm they had for the children. The house still stands tall and is a beauty to look at. I'm definitely coming back to explore again.

walking
1 month ago

2 months ago

Great way to get around downtown without going through the hustle bustle of busy streets. There are restaurants with outdoor seating along the path. Excellent urban path!

Great trail just to get out and about. Very easy. Make it longer by walking the Buttermilk trail to Belle Isle.

Very neat trail. Shaded and a lot of historical pieces along the trail. Bring water and bug spray!

Overall a great trail. We took our 6 and 2 year old and they loved it. If you have younger kids bring a carrier as their legs get tired. Don’t forget snacks and water!

nice trail for hiking or running. watch for glass. multiple times I stopped to pick up glass from broken bottles on the trail.

walking
2 months ago

Excellent walking trail. Mostly shaded.

Great hike considering you are downtown richmond. Not very challenging, but constantly going up and down the river bank which it makes a moderate workout. Great views of the city and river. Great trail

hiking
2 months ago

Shaded for the most part. Narrow in spots. Plenty of places to stop and watch the James go by. Mostly flat except for the stairs by the parking area. Lots to see along the way.

2 months ago

This is not an easy trail as rated. Definitely moderate with a lot of ups and downs and switchback. Very shaded but not well marked. Think like a biker and you'll probably make right choices. Using All Trails GPS was a first.

hiking
2 months ago

Challenging and scenic.

walking
2 months ago

One of my favorite trails along the James! Plenty of nooks along the trail to set up and swim for the day, with trees and some distance between each spot that gives a sense of privacy. The trail itself offers beautiful up-close views of the river. Definitely one of my favorite spots in Richmond.

Bring an umbrella!

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