Posted in: Living Posted on: Sep 24th, 2015

Exploring Richmond’s Parks, Trails, and Historic Areas

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The green spaces and parks in Richmond, VA provide opportunities for outdoor activities of all kinds. Residents can maintain an active lifestyle on the exercise trails, break out of their comfort zones through water sports, and explore the rich history that is an essential part of living in Richmond. Here’s a brief look at the best parks in the region.

James P. River Park

Although this park is one of the most frequently visited parks in Richmond, it rarely seems crowded. The James P. River Park is a place where residents can connect with nature and immerse themselves in the outdoors. While the river is the focal point of this park, more than 550 acres of shoreline and islands ensure that the grounds be noticed as well.

Visitors with an abundance of interests come to the park to enjoy land activities such as hiking, mountain biking, touring, camping, birding, rock climbing, and recreational tree climbing. Others come for the water sports, including fishing, canoeing and kayaking, paddle boarding, tubing, and swimming. Visitors are reminded through the website to bring their own picnic, as there are no concessions located in or around the park. Those who are interested in organized park events and activities can view the James P. River Park calendar on the park’s website.

Richmond National Battlefield Park

For a glimpse in to the historical events that took place right on the soil of Richmond, a good place to start is the Richmond National Battlefield Park. However, keep in mind that this isn’t your normal walk in the park, as visitors must take a driving tour of the battlefields along an 80-mile route. Each of the 13 separate sites along the tour includes visitor centers with different activities and artifacts. Visitors can participate in guided tours, explore each stop by foot, visit the unique museum exhibits, or even plan their tour around the park’s special events.

Amelia Wildlife Management Area

Amelia Wildlife Management Area is approximately 175 acres of bottomland hardwoods and beaver swamps that slowly rise to higher elevations. What draws outdoorsmen to Amelia Wildlife Management Area is the 100-acre lake. The lake has a heavy population of bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill, and redear sunfish, making it every recreational fisherman’s dream. A 4.5 acre pond is also available for fishing smaller catches. Amelia is a frequent host of scout troops, school field trips, nature studies, and family outings. This park is also a premiere destination for wildlife viewing, nature photography, and extensive hiking.

Jefferson Park

The views at Jefferson Park are unlike any other in Richmond. Situated on Union Hill, Jefferson Park offers a beautiful view of the Richmond skyline and an open, grassy park for visitors to enjoy. Amenities include a mass amount of green space, trees, a children’s playground, and an exercise trail.