There are so many wonderful parks in the Richmond region for you and your family to explore the outdoors, soak up some sun and breathe in the fresh air!

Here is a handy dandy list of some of the most well-loved parks of the Richmond area:

1) "The Richmond region’s James River Park system is a well-developed and maintained playground with everything from kayaking and rafting to hidden spots to enjoy a picnic and read a book. The James River Park System is a 550+ acre oasis in the middle of the city, part of the city of Richmond's Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities. It is possible to hike or bike an 8 or more mile loop along the park's North Bank and Buttermilk trails using the Boulevard and Belle Isle Pedestrian bridges. Opportunities for recreational tree climbing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting and much more are available in the park."

2) "A farmers market takes over Forest Hill Park every Saturday morning, though its running creeks and pond are worth a visit any day." Forest Hill Park also "features trails, tennis courts and a historic park house."

3) "Hadad’s Lake is a throwback to midcentury adventure parks with [...] Rope swings, floating trampoline, launch tower, horseshoes, volleyball, paddleboats and miniature golf."

4) "Huguenot Park is a 53-acre park that is generally flat and heavily wooded with pine and hardwood, providing excellent cover for songbirds and other small animals. Park includes an azalea garden, fitness trail, picnic shelters, play equipment, restrooms, tennis and basketball courts, and fields for soccer and football."

5) "Pocahontas State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities, including biking, hiking, picnicking, swimming, camping and family-friendly nature programs. The park is one of Virginia’s more popular state parks and its largest with 7,950 acres. Swift Creek Lake and Beaver Lake give visitors a chance for excellent wildlife viewing and fishing. The park offers five miles of hiking trails around Beaver Lake, a five mile bicycle trail and a trail accessible for persons with disabilities. In addition, numerous trails accessible to hikers and bicyclists wind through the surrounding woodlands."

6) "Pony Pasture is popular for running and taking a dip in the river. Most people swim and play in the rapids or bask in the sun on the many granite boulders in the river next to the scenic park, but there is so much more to do in this outdoor gem. The scenery alone is a big draw for visitors, with huge boulders with plenty of unique potholes and nooks shaped by years of erosion from the rapids."

 7) Richmond National Battlefield Park "offers exhibits and audio-visual programs that introduce the story of Richmond during the Civil War and the battlefields and related sites that surround the city. Park staff will answer questions and provide information to help you make the best use of your time."

Information from: 

Richmond Parks & Outdoors | James River Park System

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