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Richmond Region Parks

No matter what you want to do, there's a Richmond Virginia park for you. There are neighborhood playgrounds with swimming pools, courts and ball fields. Sprawling state parks feature hiking, biking and horseback trails, fishing piers, lakes and overnight campgrounds. Find a lighted basketball or tennis court in Chesterfield County. Rope swing, Tarzan-style, into Hadad's Lake or grill on the shore. From picnics to pickup hoops to pitching horseshoes, the Region boasts more than 100 Richmond parks, most open from dawn to dusk.

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14th Street Takeout

The 14th Street Takeout is on the north bank of the river just east of the 14th Street (Mayo) Bridge. It sits on the river side of the floodwall. It is the first takeout as the James turns tidal and the place that many whitewater kayakers and rafters get out…more »

Ancarrow's Landing

Ancarrow’s Landing is a functional boat landing in the tidal waters of the James, popular with fisherman and motor boaters. The acreage is largely dedicated to parking. The small series of trails in the park are mostly made my fishermen looking for the right…more »

Ancarrow’s Landing/Manchester Slave Dock

  • Brander St., Richmond, VA 23224
  • Phone: (804) 646-8911
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The easternmost section of the James River Park, it’s a popular fishing spot with a concrete boat ramp and a parking lot that accommodates over 100 cars and trailers. It’s also the beginning of the Richmond Slave Trail. This section is located at the end of…more »

Appomattox River Conservation Area

  • 21501 Chesdin Road, Petersburg, VA 23803
  • Phone: (804) 748-1624
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Located directly below the Brasfield Dam, the area adjoins the Appomattox River Canoe Launch. The 80-acre site sits along a mile-long run along the river. The property occupies a wide floodplain and includes wetlands, a bottomland forest, some small streams…more »

Belle Isle

Part of the James River Park System, the main access to Belle Isle is by pedestrian footbridge from Tredegar St. on the north shore (zip code 23219). Alternate access is by wooden bridge near 22nd St. or by rock-hopping from the south shore. Large flat rocks…more »

Brown's Island

  • Under the Manchester Bridge, Richmond, VA 23219

Enjoy fast water with large and small rapids. A rocky, dirt path leads down the to the river behind a bridge pier. more »

Bryan Park

  • Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23227
  • Phone: (804) 646-5733
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Features shelters, lake, trails, azalea gardens, soccer fields and tennis courts. more »

Byrd Park

  • 600 Swan Lake Drive, Richmond, VA 23221
  • Phone: (804) 646-5733
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Featuring lakes, picnic shelters, tennis courts and summer pedal-boat rides more »

Canoe Run Park

Canoe Run Park sits between Semmes Avenue and Riverside Drive at West 22nd Street in South Richmond. The park opened in October 1990. Amenties include a gravel jogging trail and playground for small children. The open grass area hosts many flag football and…more »

Cheswick Park

Cheswick Park has one-mile hiking trail, three picnic shelters, woodlands and a playground. Upham Branch runs through the park. more »

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