You know its spring in RVA when Richmonders are seen out and about walking with strollers, dogs, and kids. Whether its down a country road in Goochland, a trail in Powhatan State Park, or downtown by the James, taking a stroll is one of our favorite things about the weather turning warmer. And, hello, it’s FREE! One of the best parts about living in Richmond is the walkability factor and range of choices in beautiful scenery. We have some fantastic options that all offer something different and these are just a few of our favorites.
Libby Park– This is one of the most romantic walks in the city if you ask us. The sunset here will take your breath away! Many a marriage proposal has happened on that sidewalk and many an evening family walk.
Maymont– If you’re looking for somewhere to take a walk with the entire family, this is the place. There’s something for everyone at Maymont within its many acres of free recreation and entertainment. The kids can run and let out all that energy, while you linger behind and have peace of mind that they’re safe. There are animals to see and pet, gorgeous gardens to take in, trees to climb, a stunning waterfall in the Japanese garden, and plenty of areas to sit and picnic. It might the most popular walking spot in all the city.
Pocahontas State Park- For adventurous types who want more of a hike than a short stroll, Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield has 5 miles of hiking trails for you to walk your heart out. The best part about hiking in the park is the wildlife. You’re really one with nature here and on a gorgeous spring or summer day you can’t beat it.
Cary Street- A long walk and doing a little window shopping is a weekend activity we can all get behind. A leisurely Saturday on Cary Street is just what we need on a beautiful spring day in the city. The best part is, when you get hungry from all that walking, some of Richmond’s best dining spots (and bars if you fancy a mid-walk cocktail) are in the neighborhood.
Riverfront Canal Walk- For a true Richmond experience, the Canal Walk is where its at. It’s 1.25 miles of history along the James River and Kanawha and Haxall canals with several access points between 5th and 17th Streets. Along the Walk you’ll find statues, medallions, and exhibits showing off the capital’s amazing history. It’s a beautiful walk and an education all at once. Plus, you’re literally in the middle of it all here with so many other RVA attractions, restaurants, and events nearby. It may be a little touristy this time of year, but worth it for the scenery in our opinion. See it all here.
Scott’s Addition- If walking from brewery to cidery to distillery is your kind of walk (yep, us too), go to Scott’s Addition. Newly revitalized within recent years, it’s arguably the hottest spot in town with locally owned and operated businesses all around. Other than being home to some of Richmond’s best craft beverages, you’ll find great local restaurants and entertainment as well. This walk may turn into a tipsy one, but there’s nothing wrong with that.