Local Hikes: Richmond, VA

The best hikes near Richmond, VA.

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» Belle Isle Loop, James River SP “It’s a mini wilderness right downtown,” says organizer Alec Richardson of this seven-mile circuit starting on the south bank’s bluffs. Cross onto the maple-shaded shores of Belle Isle at the pedestrian bridge. From there, head to the north shore hills and views of the river’s class IV whitewater. Miles from city center 2; Trip ID767082

» Beaver Lake Trail, Pocahontas SP Need a relaxing stroll instead of a heart-pumping hike? On this gentle, two-mile loop around tiny Beaver Lake, you’ll trace freshwater marshes shaded by clusters of sycamore trees. Head here between March and May to catch colorful beds of blooming jack-in-the-pulpits. Miles from city center 25; Trip ID 7753

» Jones Run/Doyles River Circuit, Shenandoah NP In deep summer, find relief in the countless falls on this 6.7-mile loop. Miles from city center 119; Trip ID487721