Explore the most popular walking 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.

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
6 days 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
7 days 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.

8 days 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
8 days ago

Challenging and scenic.

walking
8 days 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.

Great trail. Paved so great for strollers and families. Quite a few elevation changes that gives you that extra challenge especially if you’re running it. It’s completely covered in trees so it helps keep the sun off of you. So peaceful, one of my favorites.

Bring an umbrella!

walking
13 days ago

Great views of the James River. Fantastic place to go for an afternoon stroll. Pack a lunch and enjoy a superb river view from downtown Richmond.

Some bouldering or mountain biking can be thrown in for an extra fun element.

walking
13 days 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.

I am pretty sure that this page also has incorrect information. Dogs are allowed, even welcome, just about anywhere outdoors in Richmond as long as they are on a leash. Richmond is a very dog friendly city.

we didnt do the whole trail. the map is not completely accurate, so we missed a few turn offs, but it call connents and is a good hike.

I ended up walking 2 miles down the road next to the trail, getting to the bridge and thinking to myself: “huh, how do i get up there?” I realized I wasn’t even on the trail. I did go back and loop around to it. From what I did complete, it is a nice trail that has a little bit of traffic on the weekends from bikers/runners but nothing to be concerned about. Going to go back and do the full trail soon. Nice area of the city that I would recommend for anyone wanting to spend a few hours outdoors.

walking
14 days ago

Different trails and options to lengthen or shorten your trip. Shaded so easy to take a nice walk on a hot summer day.

very nice trail. we will do it again.

Very nice trail. To get very adventurous walk the trails closure to river side. We spotted Crane, Gar fish and Falcon. Will visit again since there is lot to explore. Our kids (10 & 2) really enjoyed it

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

I didn’t do the whole thing, but it’s rewarding for short in and out trips. Lots of constant, moderate up and down. Very woody, so a bit buggy.

Basically enter Maymont and run around aimlessly because there is no signage.

*****The crossing on the map that appears to be Lee Bridge is actually a footbridge to Belle Isle. If you get lost trying to find the footbridge, just ask a local how to cross to Belle Isle.*****

ok. awesome trail. loved the adventure. did get lost. most notably was the pedestrian bridge on the north side. if you cross and don't go over the river you are on the wrong bridge. and there is no crossing the river unless you go back. except for good swimmers. 9.5 miles for me.. enjoyed all 3 hours.

Same as others, we got stuck underneath boulevard bridge because we went to Texas beach on accident. There is no way to cross canal from there. Hike was not that difficult otherwise.

Breathtaking!!

walking
1 month ago

Enjoyable walk with plenty of beautiful views of the city and river. The hidden gem for me was definitely stumbling across the pipeline trail that runs under the train tracks and over the water. Easy for the family to experience. (However, I wouldn’t suggest the pipeline trail for younger kids or hyper pets).

Nearly flat loops around all three lakes. Parts of the trails are wheelchair-accessible. Nature Center has nice exhibits on bird songs and some live turtles. Surprisingly tranquil for a suburban area.

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyed this. Easy walk, beautiful day, not too crowded during the week. A few good photo opportunities

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