Now that summer is in full swing, we are excited to take time to drink in all the beauty nature has to offer here in Central Virginia. Beyond Brandermill Woods’ tree-lined campus, the Richmond metro area boasts an array of scenic trails and natural retreats. Whether you like to spot wildflowers or woodland friends, or you enjoy stretching your legs with a view of the Richmond skyline, here are seven local trails to give a try.
- Mid-Lothian Mines Park. One of the first major industrial sites in the nation, this former mine, found at 13301 N Woolridge Rd, Midlothian, was transformed into a lovely park in 2004. Free and open to the public, the park features stone ruins of the mines, beautiful woodlands and a great place to walk or run. The entire loop, from the parking lot, south and across the boardwalk and then around the lake and back is 1.9 miles.
- Pocahontas Park. A Virginia State Park, located at 10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield, Pocahontas Park is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to dusk. Check out this handy trail guide to see why hiking is one of the most popular activities at the park. Did you know that across Virginia’s State Parks, more than 160 miles of the park system's 672 miles of trails are reserved for hiking?
- Robious Landing Park. Chesterfield County has an extensive trail system, including Robious Landing Park. The park, located next to James River High School, at 3800 James River Road, Midlothian, sits on a 102-acre site with 3.4 miles of trails.
- Hugenot Park. Another Chesterfield County favorite — especially among Brandermill Woods residents — Hugenot Park offers a relatively flat, wooded system of trails and an azalea garden. With 53 acres, the park is home to many songbirds and other small animals.
- Dogwood Dell. This beautiful Richmond landmark has more to offer than just its famous amphitheater. It’s hiker-only trail is just 0.9 miles long, looping around William Byrd Park on a mostly shady, path. There are multiple trails, so stay alert so you don’t wind up on a mountain-biking trail Byrd Park is at 600 South Boulevard, Richmond.
- James River Canal Walk. A 2.5-mile loop near Richmond can be enjoyed by hikers of all levels and ages. Partially paved, the trail allows you to enjoy both the skyline of the city and the allure of nature all at the same time. The Canal Walk can be accessed at nearly every block between 5th and 17th streets. There are disability-accessible entrances at 5th, 10th, 12th, 14th, and 16th streets.
- Three Lakes Park and Nature Center. This Henrico County park, located at 400 Sausiluta Drive, Henrico, offers 1.3 miles of wheelchair friendly trails circling three lakes. The Nature Center, a 6,500-square-foot facility, offers a variety of exhibits and a 50,000-gallon aquarium.
June includes National Trails Day. Don’t miss the chance to get out and enjoy nature, while doing something that will make you feel great!