Friday, December 2, 2011

Belle Isle hike

     Belle Isle is a small oasis of nature located within viewing distance of downtown Richmond. It hasn’t always been quiet and peaceful. It’s grounds have hosted a Civil War prison camp, a quarry, a power plant, and an iron foundry. Old equipment and building ruins are still visible. Interpretive signs are along the trail.

   This trail, which is about 2 miles round trip, is completely accessible but would be challenging to do without any help. The parking lot is just past the Tredegar Iron Works lot. RVs can be parked in the sandy lot under the railroad trestle. Follow the sidewalk to the right to a long ADA compliant ramp which accesses the bike/hike bridge suspended under the US 1 bridge. The pedestrian bridge has an unusual design with slight arches in the walkway. Another long ramp accesses the island. Once on the island the path is mostly hard packed sand and fairly level. Trail
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