This 7 1/4 mile 4 hour hike begins at the parking lot west of Tredegar Iron Works.
We'll meet at the free parking lot upstream (west) of Tredegar Iron Works Civil War Museum which has address 500 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219
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.
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.
Following this same hike on November 11, a dozen of us drove one mile to Legends Brewery and restaurant On the river's south side in Manchester where we enjoyed lunch and camaraderie together, and that option is available this time as well.