Belle Isle

Park, Island, and Field
  • Gypsy S.
    "... with walkers, bikers, swimmers, dogs! There's a pump track and trails to..."(2 Tips)
    "Lots of windy, hilly trails with some cool drops!"(8 Tips)
    Val C.
    "Great place for a bike ride and rest on the Rivah!"(7 Tips)
    Charles E.
    "Relax, ride bikes, fish and catch a sunset."(6 Tips)
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  • Gypsy S.
    Gypsy SoulOctober 28, 2015
    Belles Island is one of my favorite spots in RVA! Wonderful park next to the James filled with walkers, bikers, swimmers, dogs! There's a pump track and trails to mountain bike on!
  • RVA Badge
    RVA BadgeJanuary 31, 2012
    Belle Isle is one of RVA's favorite places to enjoy the river and outdoor fitness. First explored in 1607 and later used as a prison to 30,000 Union POW's, the island has a long history.
    Upvoted 5 days ago
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RobertsApril 19, 2015
    The views are incredible if you hike or mountain bike to the high ground. The rocks on the river are really cool. Great place to relax, hike, walk a dog, mountain bike, sunbathe, or just enjoy nature
  • B P.
    B PApril 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great view of Richmond from the island. Lots of bike trails to ride with shady, just be careful of runners and pedestrians on tracks.
  • Josh
    JoshFebruary 7, 2011
    Looking for something to do when you're not in class? Check out Belle Isle! This old Civil War POW camp has great history, great sites, and even better trails, paths, and places to just chill!
  • RVA Badge
    RVA BadgeJanuary 30, 2012
    Belle Isle is one of RVA's favorite places to enjoy the river and outdoor fitness in Richmond. First explored in 1607 it was used as a prison to 30,000 Union POW's. Read more
  • X
    XJune 22
    The James is known to be very dangerous and even Olympic swimmers have drowned here--and sometimes the river is closed due to sewage (The polite term for sh!t.). Avoid or get a bladder infection.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BassettJuly 10, 2013
    Experiencing the James River is central to the Richmond experience and taking a walk or bike on Belle Isle is one of the best ways to see it close up.
  • X
    XJune 22
    Avoid Dead Rock (Which is large and covered in graffiti.). What looks like college students are gutter punks gathering to get high, drunk, smoke meth, and shoot heroine. They will follow you home! D8
  • Jeb H.
    Jeb HogeApril 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Drunks, not much room to relax, foul language around families...I like Belle Isle in off-season by myself but I'm not planning on hiking the kids over the bridge again on a Saturday.
  • Shawn J.
    Shawn JamesApril 15, 2012
    So fun and relaxing great trails lots of history, take the whole family even the dogs enjoy their selfs
  • Charles E.
    Charles EdgeMarch 13, 2012
    Relax, ride bikes, fish and catch a sunset. Good times can be had by all in this little slice of heaven!
  • Eric F.
    Eric FehrOctober 17, 2013
    Great for group trips our taking your honey. Wonderful scenery, quiet and relaxing.
  • Jamie C.
    Jamie CarterMay 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is perfect to chill and relax plus da kids will have a blast too!!!
  • Nate M.
    Nate MooreMarch 9, 2011
    Stressful thoughts on your mind? Come park at the top of the hill play some good music an stare at the river or others running by
  • mtnbke
    mtnbkeAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to stop here when you are on the Buttermilk trail! Lots of windy, hilly trails with some cool drops!
  • pookie f.
    pookie freezeApril 24, 2013
    Where the freaks chill!! Best place at the river!!! Alternative types are welcome here. Hipsters are not.
  • Lily
    LilyMarch 17, 2015
    Make sure you explore all the little trails. Also a great place to run.
  • Val C.
    Val CaldwellMay 30, 2015
    Great place for a bike ride and rest on the Rivah!
  • The Flats a.
    Can't wait for the summer to see this beautiful view!
  • The Flats a.
    Great place to go swimming and enjoy the outdoor.
  • Johnny H.
    Johnny HugelSeptember 9, 2015
    For when you need a closer look at the River.
  • Travis M.
    Travis MillerOctober 24, 2015
    Take a walk, go for a run, get here!
  • Ruth W.
    Ruth WilkinsMay 27, 2013
    Gr8 place for a power walk or run! :) so nice to have to do this in between volleyball tournament!
  • Lisa Elaine Hall C.
    Lisa Elaine Hall Cat Eyez Ink, LLCJune 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I can never get enough of Belle Isle... I have captured its beauty in every season of the year. #Photography
  • Charles G.
    Charles GibbsMay 10, 2010
    Take a camera and watch the sunset..don't go in the hydroelectric plant after dark though...
  • Judy S.
    Judy SmithMarch 7, 2010
    The footbridge is a great location to take sunrise photos of Richmond.
  • Liz K.
    Liz KayJanuary 5
    Been here 5+ times
    Wandering the trails
  •  Deon P.
     Deon ParconMarch 16, 2012
    Take photi of sunrise here! Good spot
  • Wanda K.
    Wanda KelleyMay 17, 2012
    A great place to swim.
  • Amin M.
    Amin MMay 12, 2012
    Ojan best was here!!!
  • Shaun S.
    Shaun SlavenApril 7, 2012
    Jus sat on dead rock!
  • Allie M.
    Allie MJune 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Remember sunscreen
  • Gypsy S.
    Gypsy SoulOctober 28, 2015
    Pump track!
  • Philip B.
    Philip BurnhamApril 14, 2010
    Sunscreen and happiness are required! You cant afford not to go here!
  • John B.
    John BurtonDecember 6, 2009
    If you go to the far side (southside) of the island, you'll find a creepy old water processing plant.
  • Tyler H.
    Tyler HarveyNovember 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    put it in a cup, kids!
  • Megan B.
    Megan BApril 15, 2010
    Try to NOT do stupid things out on the rocks, it is only funny for those watching...
  • Robert I.
    Robert IannucciAugust 21, 2010
  • Catherine
    CatherineDecember 17, 2009
    Fish in the Quarry!
  • Gianluca F.
    Posto magnifico immerso nella natura
  • Brkgny
    BrkgnyNovember 23, 2014
    Bence gereksiz vakit ayirmaya degmez
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