This 6+ mile hike begins at the parking lot west of Tredegar Iron Works.
We'll hike to Brown's Island, then across the pipe walk where we'll see the heron rookery and then cross Mayo bridge. From there we'll head east up the south side of the James River to the Slave Trail. At Manchester docks we will double back to Mayo Bridge and hike to Manchester Lookout on the south flood wall. We'll then walk north across the Manchester Bridge and return to our starting point.
I did this hike solo in 2 hours 20 minutes and predict it will take abut 3 hours with a group.
You'll see for yourself how the islands, canals, bridges, dams, levee and rapids of the James River shaped the history of Richmond from its very origin, through it's industrial age, to the War Between the States and up to the present with the recently constructed flood wall.
You'll walk in the footprints of tens of thousands of slaves who were unloaded from their ships at Manchester docks and marched in the darkness to Richmond's slave markets.
Additionally, I expect you'll meet a bunch of fellow local hikers with whom you have much in common and you'll be glad you know.