Trail Run Project Logo

blueBlack James River Loop

  5.0 ( 2 ) Favorite

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store

Trail

7.1 mile 11.4 kilometer point to point
96% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 551' 168 m
Descent: -567' -173 m
High: 205' 62 m
Low: 29' 9 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)

Dogs

Unknown
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Patrick Kennedy

This is a great trail right in the heart of Richmond!

Patrick Kennedy

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Overview

Forrest Hill Park Loop is a 3 mile loop with some hills. The Floodwall has some great views and Belle Isle has some great swimming spots. You can also do it backwards. It’s a totally different trail! Enjoy!

Need to Know

There are a few water fountains along the way also but most are turned off in the winter. Watch out for snakes in the summer! There are porta potty’s at a few spots along the way. Some are in better condition than others.

Description

Start off crossing the Nickel Bridge. At the end of the bridge take a sharp right onto the trail. Loop back under the bridge to start the Buttermilk Trail. The next two miles are the most challenging part of this run, then you’ll come upon the Reedy Creek parking area. After another mile or so you'll come to another park entrance keep going straight, go under the bride and follow the path to a sidewalk. Follow the sidewalk to a foot bridge over the trail road tracks.

Go down the steps and cross over the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Walkway Bridge then stay to the left. There is a water fountain in the parking lot ahead. Go straight through the parking lot, up the gravel hill, across a small foot bridge and turn left. You are now on the North Bank Trail. Follow this for two miles or so and you'll come to a parking area, you have to run on the street for 1/2 mile or so. Go up the street and take a left on Kansas Street. Run to the end to reconnect with the trail. Go left, down the hill then run along the canal then up the hill and back to the pump house parking area.

There are some options along the way, you can’t really get lost because you always have the river as a reference. There are also posted maps to guide the way. You can add a few trails to this route and make it 9, 12, even 14 miles with hardly any time on the road!

Contacts

Rate This Featured Run

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Run

Check In

Check-Ins

May 4, 2019
Jennifer Walker
Mar 25, 2019
Bradley Nemitz

Trail Ratings

  5.0 from 2 votes

#885

Overall
  5.0 from 2 votes
5 Star
100%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#25

in Virginia

#885

Overall
87 Views Last Month
548 Since Nov 30, 2018
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

0%
0%
0%
100%
0%
0%

0 Comments

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running