James River North Bank and Buttermilk Loop Trail

The James River North Bank and Buttermilk Loop Trail is a 6.2 mile hiking/biking trail in Richmond. It goes along both banks of the James River and includes two bridge crossings. I started by going across the Belle Isle Suspension Bridge to get to the Buttermilk Trail. This trail was moderately challenging but nothing too strenuous. On the North Bank side, the trail passes by Maymont Park and Hollywood Cemetery. This is a great way to see different parts of the city. I will definitely be doing this trail again!

Brown’s Island, Richmond

Brown’s Island is a community park located in Richmond. From here, you can reach the T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge, Tredegar Street and the Pipeline Walkway. The James River Canal runs along one side while the James River runs along the other side. This island is well manicured and is now used for musical events.

For more information you can visit the island’s website here.

Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia

I recently took a trip with my family to Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park. Harper’s Ferry was where John Brown attempted to start a slave rebellion in 1859. Brown raided the armory in hopes of starting a violent rebellion but a lack of support led to his mission’s failure. He was captured and found guilty of several crimes including treason against Virginia (West Virginia had not become a separate state yet). As punishment for his crimes, Brown was hanged in December 1859.

In this town you can also see “The Point“. The Point is where West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, the Potomac River and the Shenandoah River all converge. This was a place of great strategic importance during the war due to its easy access to other parts of the country.

Just a short drive away from the main town is Bolivar Heights. This battlefield was the first to be used in Harper’s Ferry and it saw a large amount of action during the civil war (five battles to be exact).

If you are a history buff, this park is definitely for you!

Trains and Roadways Of Richmond

Some parts of Richmond are a very intricate labyrinth of trains and roadways. Richmond is also home to the Triple Crossing, a rare spot where three separate rail lines pass over each other in one spot. It is impressive to see older buildings woven in between new (and old) transportation routes. The Main Street Station is also an impressive site to behold. I love trains so this is such a cool city to explore.

 

RVA Wildlife

This is a collection of wildlife photos I have gotten while exploring Richmond. The James River provides a great habitat for so many species. I hope you like them!

For those who want to get to know the wildlife here in Richmond better, you can visit the Osprey Cam provided by Friends of the James River Park.

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