Riverfront Canal Walk
Biking. Canal Cruises. Outdoor activities. Nature. Art. History. Restaurants. Stretching 1.25 miles along the James River and the Kanawha and Haxall Canals, the Canal Walk presents centuries of Richmond’s history, from Powhatan's Chiefdom to the first commercially successful electric streetcar system in the world. The bike-friendly Canal Walk connects the Virginia Capital Trail and Low Line gardens on the east to Brown's Island and Belle Isle on the west. Take a 40 minute narrated historic tour on the Riverfront Canal Cruises from the first weekend in April to the 2nd weekend in November. Explore the area and discover the April 1865 exhibit, located on Brown's Island, hanging over the James River and connecting to the Potterfield bridge, a popular biking and walking bridge. History is interpreted through medallions, monuments and exhibits. The Richmond Slave Trail connects through the Canal Walk. The old hydroelectric plant is adorned with a gallery of street art murals. There are over 75 restaurants and 40 attractions and activities within walking distance.