2321 Willis Rd.
Richmond, VA 23237-2947
Phone: (804) 275-8800
Fax: (804) 275-0949
Just 20 minutes from Downtown Richmond resides Pocahontas State Park, an impressive 7,950 acre park that boasts activities such as boating, camping, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and much more. With over 80 miles of trails and two fishing lakes home to the likes of the catfish and bluegill, Pocahontas State Park is a treasure trove of activities for visitors of all ages. The kids will adore the kiddie pool while you can enjoy the seclusion and peace you crave in a beautiful and natural setting. Open from 7 a.m. to dusk.
The Manchester Wall is located below the Manchester Bridge and features routes for all sorts of climbing - from top roping to sports climbing, this sixty-foot granite wall is one monster to tackle. The wall is a reminder of the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge which spanned the James River. Whether you are a recreational climber or an expert, Manchester Wall offers excellent fun and sport for those who love to scale walls.
The grim site of Chimborazo, one of the Confederacy's largest hospitals, begins a tour of the Civil War battlefields of Richmond. A map obtained here will lead you to the sites of the Battles of Chickahominy Bluff, Beaver Dam Creek, and many more. The bloodiest battle of all was at Cold Harbor. The losses here were greater than those at Gettysburg when time is figured in; 16,000 men were lost, 8,000 in one hour. Admission is free.Park battlefields are open sunrise to sunset. The park is closed on the following days: Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1.
Richmond Slave Trail is a significant part of Virginia's history. The trail mainly describes the dark era when the trade of African slaves took place in Virginia in the 18th and 19th Century. It begins from the Manchester dock as it acted as a major port in the trade of enslaved Africans. The trail covers major landmarks of the period including former sites of the slave markets, Lumpkin's Slave Jail and the Negro Burial Ground. The trail ends at First African Baptist Church. Tours are provided by various agencies.
This 54-acre (21-hectare) island of the James River has undergone several avatars in its time. What once started as a home to a granite quarry, served the nation during the American Civil War by housing a prisoner-of-war camp. Today, the Belle Isle has shed that avatar as well to become a city park. A great destination for people fond of the great outdoors, Belle Isle gives visitors an opportunity for walking, biking, swimming, rock jumping, sunbathing, bird watching, kayaking and even boulder top picnicking. A natural habitat for wildlife, don’t be alarmed if you come across a raccoon or duck while you’re here. Belle Isle is accessible through pedestrian and bicycle traffic via McArthur Bridge.
The Belle Isle Skills Course is a set of trails that bikers can test their skills on. The nature and scenery is beautiful, with meadows, forests and rapids dotted throughout the trails. This course is an introduction for enthusiastic bikers to improve their skills. From a pump track to rock gardens and rock drops, this skills course will shape you into an expert in no time.
By boat or by foot the Richmond Canal Walk is a beautiful and educational experience. Take a guided tour or learn about the site on your own. Trek through wooden steps, cobbled streets, and dirt trails - you certainly won't be bored with all of the pathways this walk offers. Brass disks embedded in the sidewalk, maps, photos and artifacts note historical events and people associated with the canals and locks.
Gleaming gold and shining silver, and other examples of money through the ages fill this museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Exhibits include items once used for barter all over the world. Collections also highlight paper money of Virginia from 1755 to 1865, including the currency of the Confederacy. Prior reservations are required, see their website for further details.
42nd Street Island is a scenic area that you can hike through to enjoy the view of the James River and a view of the Richmond Skyline. There are a bunch of big rocks to sit on, so after a long hike you can lounge around and immerse yourself in nature.
In 1864, General Grant selected City Point as the Union Headquarters. His T-shaped cabin still stands. Other attractions are: Appomattox Plantation (1763); Crescent Hills, a neighborhood with one of America's largest concentrations of Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog Houses by Mail; the home and burial place of the only son of Pocahontas and John Rolfe and Weston Manor, an elegant 18th-century Tidewater mansion. After touring local landmarks and historic sites, take in a show at the Swift Creek Mill Theater or enjoy seasonal riverside concerts. Hopewell is a 20-minute drive from Richmond. Take Exit 9A on I-95 south.
For adventure lovers and enthusiasts, Riverside Outfitters offers a wide range of outdoor activities to choose from. Activities on water are rafting, downriver paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing. Climbing activities are tree climbing, ziplines, canopy ropes, limb walks etc. These are all done under supervision of guides in order to maintain safety of participants. The company also undertakes and tailors events and parties.
Richmond Dive and Travel is where all aspiring snorkelers, divers and pure water-lovers should look to. This company is dedicated to safely training their students and educating them on our precious underwater environments. The shop also carries excellent diving and snorkeling equipment and provides service and maintenance for your purchases. Swing by this Midlothian/Chesterfield location and pretty soon you'll be engaging in exciting scuba adventures.