Whether you’re looking for a place to play with the kids or to decompress with some off-screen time, Richmond features 25+ parks and recreational spots for you to enjoy.
Ready to visit these local parks but don’t know where to start? We’ve created a handy map so you can find each park.
For nature lovers
Belle Isle, 1 Belle Isle
Cross the pedestrian bridge and enjoy the James River Park’s most popular site. Explore historic sites and trails, relax on the rocks, do some bird watching, or take advantage of wheelchair-accessible fishing.
Flood Wall Park, 14th St. Bridge South End
Nature and industry meet at the trails around the city’s flood wall. It’s an easy hike to splendid views of the river and city and connects with the Richmond Slave Trail, Canal Walk, and the Belle Isle Pedestrian Bridge.
Pumphouse Park, 1627 Pump House Dr.
The Gothic structure at the center of this park is surrounded by wooded trails ideal for bird watching, hiking, and learning Richmond history.
Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Rd.
This large park offers something for everyone with a seasonal Aquatic Center, the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, camp grounds, and 90 miles of trails.
Robious Landing Park, 3800 James River Rd.
Walk along the river on this 102-acre site. There’s opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, rowing, and fishing as well as hiking and biking.
Three Lakes Park, 400 Sausiluta Dr.
The park offers fishing, hiking, and nature trails. Bonus: Once reopened, the renovated Nature Center will have live exhibits, dioramas, and interactive displays to teach visitors of all ages about native plants and animals.
For a city escape
Scuffletown Park, 418 Strawberry St.
Find this neighborhood park hideaway nestled in an alley between Strawberry Street and Stafford Avenue in the Fan. It’s the perfect spot to relax with a treat from nearby businesses like 8 1/2 and Scoop.
Libby Hill Park, 2801 E. Franklin St.
This scenic Church Hill spot is perfect for a picnic, workout, or afternoon walk. Pro tip: Look for the “View that Named the City” sign to learn some Richmond history.
Meadow Park, 401 N. Meadow St.
This triangular neighborhood park has benches, a Little Free Library, and spots to set up a blanket or toss a ball around. Bonus: Garnett’s is right across the street to fill out your picnic basket.
Monroe Park, 620 W. Main St.
This green space in the heart of VCU is filled with students and community members on warm weather days. Fun fact: Established in 1851, it is the city’s oldest park.
Larus Park, 8732 Hayden Hill Ln.
Escape to the trails at this nestled-away park bound by Huguenot Road, Chippenham Parkway, and Stony Point Fashion Park.
Maymont, 1700 Hampton St.
The Children’s Farm and Nature Center are both ideal for families of all sizes. Walk the gardens, watch animals, or enjoy a picnic on the grounds.
Pony Pasture, 7200 Riverside Dr.
There are plenty of opportunities for river activities for all ages at this popular spot on the James. Watch paddlers, hike, bike, or fish.
Forest Hill Park, 4021 Forest Hill Ave.
Look for wildlife, play on the playground, or explore the trails. Pro tip: This park is popular among sledders when snowflakes start to fall.
PARK365, 3600 Saunders Ave.
Children with and without disabilities will love the accessible treehouse, merry-go-rounds, swings, and water features.
Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd.
This park also hosts seasonal community events like concerts and outdoor film screenings.
For four-legged friends
Northside Dog Park, 609 Forest Lawn Dr.
A quieter spot for pups. Make sure to bring water, as there is none on tap.
Barker Field at Byrd Park, 2481 Park Dr.
Richmond’s first official off-leash dog park opened in 1998.
Church Hill Dog Park, 3600 E. Grace St.
Watch out for rocks which might be harsh on paws. The park is located on the eastern lower terrace of Chimborazo Park.
Phideaux Field, 4401 Forest Hill Ave
Located at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church, this laid-back park provides bowls of water and doggie bags.
Need more options for you and your pup? Check out our guide to dog parks.
Great Shiplock Park, 2803 Dock St.
Bikers will love this park, which connects to the Virginia Capital Trail. Bonus: A recent renovation added benches, shade structures, and bike racks to the area.
Chimborazo Park, 3201 E. Broad St.
There’s plenty of field space to toss a football or play some pickup soccer at this scenic, 30-acre park. Pro tip: The playground is on block from the park and has basketball courts and a community garden.
Bryan Park, 4308 Hermitage Rd.
Head to the center of the park for soccer fields, an 18-hole disc golf course, and tennis courts. The Northside park also hosts the RVA Big Market and the 17-acre Azalea Gardens.
Byrd Park, 600 S. Arthur Ashe Blvd.
In addition to events at Dogwood Dell and plenty of walking space, Byrd Park has a tennis complex and two softball fields.
Battery Park, 2803 Dupont Circle
Play tennis where Arthur Ashe learned the game. The park also has basketball courts, playgrounds, and horseshoe pits.
Gillies Creek Park, 4425 Williamsburg Ave.
Play disc golf on the classic 18-hole course — reader Miles M. tells us its the oldest in the city, established in 1993 — or try out the BMX race track or horseshoe pits.
Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy.
This sprawling park has playgrounds, trails, soccer fields, and basketball courts.
Pouncey Tract Park, 4747 Pouncey Tract Rd.
Try your hand at pickleball or use the baseball, softball, soccer, and football fields.
Did we miss your favorite park? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list.