Spring is sprung,
the grass is riz.
I wonder where the birdies is?
Ready to break out of your nest for the season? You are in luck. Richmond is surrounded by a plethora of exciting activities to get you up and moving and off your tail, no matter what adventure level you are looking for. Let’s look at two adventures in Downtown RVA.
In the heart of Downtown Richmond is Belle Isle, a 54 acre island in the James River that draws Richmonders of every class, color and creed. A favorite of local students looking for a little fun in the sun, Belle Isle offers a 2 mile walking path and another two miles of mountain bike trails that wind their way up, around, through the center of the island. The city skyline acts as a backdrop for the raging Class V “Hollywood Rapids” and picturesque lounging bodies draped over slabs of 300 million year old “Petersburg Granite” make It is a weekly destination for the J. Wild crew. Park in the free lot under the railroad trestle next to Tredegar Iron Works.
Buttermilk and North Bank Parks
For those looking for a bit more adrenaline, look no further than the Buttermilk and North Bank mountain bike trails.
Still in the center of the city, you can find some of the most technical trails in the state. The two mile Buttermilk winds along the southern shore of the James River from Belle Isle to the Nickel Bridge. Named for the spring houses along the trail where locals would keep food that would otherwise spoil, such as meat, fruit or dairy products, the Buttermilk can make you forget you still in a major metropolitan area.
While technical, this shouldn’t keep the average biker from a fun ride, though you may have to hop off and walk for certain sections. After crossing over (and then under) the Nickel Bridge, the trail passes between the Asian Gardens at Maymont and the C&O railroad tracks. You get a short rest as you ride Kansas Avenue for five blocks leading you to the trailhead at North Bank Park. A great well traveled trail with tight twisties and all the elements you would expect in a first class single track trail that will lead you right back to your parked car at Tredegar.
Spring is the prep time for all your summer time activities. Get in those active adventures early before the hazy, hot and humid days kick your tail into submission.