Island Getaway

Richmond’s Belle Isle

The city’s island retreat

It’s for bikers, hikers, rock climbers, hula hoopers and sun worshippers. Belle Isle is a preserved park island right in the middle of the James downtown. This part of the James River Park System can be reached by pedestrian footbridge from Tredegar St. on the north shore. Large flat rocks surrounding the island make for good sunbathing, but the powerful Hollywood Rapids are not to be toyed with and are not suitable for swimming. Additional features include wooded trails, interpreted historical sites, mountain biking trails, wheelchair-accessible fishing at the quarry pond, and a granite wall for rock climbing.