This will be a challenging 6.5 mile hike that begins in the area of the James River Park System maintenance facility located on the south side of the river and just across the RR tracks from the parking lot.
We'll begin hiking east along the river and cross over the wooden bridge to Belle Isle to make a loop there. Then we'll double back across the same bridge and join the upper level Buttermilk Trail that will bring us back to our starting point at 3 1/4 miles. You'll have the option there of giving it up or continuing west on the Buttermilk Trail. We'll continue until we go beneath Boulevard (Nickel) Bridge. From there we will go down to the river’s edge and return to our starting point.
A few details:
- We’ll be hiking mostly on dirt and rock (some slippery) trails and climbing and descending numerous significant hills.
- There may be some wet spots depending on recent rainfall.
- Obviously wear comfortable shoes, and I recommend hiking sticks if you have them.
- We’ll come by 4 port-a-potties during the first 3 ¼ miles and none after that.
- I predict that with the group making stops etc it will take about 3 ½ hours