Best Easy Day Hikes: Richmond

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Best Easy Day Hikes

Richmond

ISBN: 0762758503

With this book in hand – and willing feet — you can explore the greater Richmond region. No matter where you go, the trails in this book will enhance your outdoor experience and leave you appreciating the natural splendors of Virginia’s capitol area.

The gray boulder on Belle Isle sat perilously close to raucous rapids of the James River. I stood atop the rock looking northward across the water, toward downtown. The outspread landscape contained parts of James River Park, the location of many hikes in this book. My mind soared beyond downtown while mentally recounting all the scenic hikes of greater Richmond. Nearby, Gregory’s Pond lay silent beside the wooded trails of Rockwood Park. To the east the fountain of Dorey Lake greeted hikers. To the north, the green oasis of Deep Run Park shaded walking paths used by daily exercisers, while Three Lakes Park contained a watery trailside getaway. To the south stood the large jewel of Pocahontas State Park, where natural beauty overlain with the historic Civilian Conservation Corps past made the trail system a delight, demanding multiple hikes for inclusion in this book. Dutch Gap Conservation Area was laced with miles of alluring trails and a chance to visit a re-created English village from the 1600s. Dodd Park offered bluffside hiking along the Appomattox River and a fascinating boardwalk over Ashton Creek Marsh. The hikes at Petersburg National Battlefield explored Civil War history amid rolling hills divided by quiet streams. Other destinations were developed purely with recreation in mind. Hikers and mountain bikers enjoyed a network of hillside paths. I scanned west to Powhatan and Amelia wildlife management areas, where Richmond residents can enjoy rural walks in large preserved areas, maybe to spot a deer or wild turkey.

Hiking Richmond

Richmond Trail Finder

Best Hikes for River and Stream Lovers

3 Pony Pasture Rapids Loop

7 Belle Isle Loop

8 Floodwall/Slave Trail There and Back

9 Canal Walk

Best Hikes for Lake Lovers

2 Three Lakes Triple Loop

4 Rockwood Park Loop

10 Dorey Park Loop

11 Dutch Gap Loop

15 Beaver Lake Loop

Best Hikes for Children

1 Deep Run Park Hike

10 Dorey Park Loop

16 Forest Exploration Trail

Best Hikes for Dogs

12 Dodd Park Loop

19 Amelia Loop

20 Powhatan Loop

Best Hikes for Great Views

6 Buttermilk Loop

7 Belle Isle Loop

8 Floodwall/Slave Trail There and Back

9 Canal Walk

Best Hikes for Nature Lovers

5 North Bank Trail

14 Encampment Loop

16 Forest Exploration Trail

17 Old Mill Bicycle Trail

Best Hikes for History Buffs

7 Belle Isle Loop

8 Floodwall/Slave Trail There and Back

9 Canal Walk

13 Harrison’s Creek Loop

14 Encampment Loop