“A short run around the Mid-Lothain Mines and Loch.”
— Omar Delgado
Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildlife
Open dawn to dusk.
Mid-Lothian Mines is a great little 44-acre preserve. Runners will enjoy woodlands with cut stone ruins of mines, a creek, and a pond with an old Loch.
Need to Know
There is a construction area around the Grove Shaft; watch your step as there is a narrow passing.
The trail is paved.
Mid-Lothian Mines Park is a beautiful woodland park in the south of Richmond that is considered one of the first industrial areas in the US. The Mid-Lothian Mines run is on the site of one of the original Virginia coal mines; this park has a few old buildings and facilities from 1830s era. The park has good informational displays along the trail and across the road. You can also head through the connector tunnel to another easy and open picturesque trail around a small man-made lake.
History & Background
One of the first coal mines in the area, Mid-Lothian Mines Park honors the area's past that represents the earliest systematic exploration of fossil fuel in Virginia.