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25+ parks in Richmond

We’re highlighting the best parks Richmond has to offer — complete with playgrounds, biking trails, and river views.

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Scuffletown is one of many parks nestled around the city.

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Whether you’re looking for a place to play with the kids or to decompress with some off-screen time, Richmond has 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

If you want to be one with nature, pick from the parks below. Each has trails to explore, creatures to spot, and varying levels of secluded atmosphere.

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.

Pro tip: If the lot off Tredegar Street is full, look for parking on 2nd or 5th Streets. You can also access Belle Isle by taking GRTC Route 3 to Belvidere/Holly and walk down to the river.

Flood Wall Park, 14th St. Bridge South End
Nature, industry, and history 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.

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Take in city views at Libby Hill.

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For a city escape

These parks are hiding around city corners and — in some cases — down alleys. Pop by for a picnic or just stroll through on your midday walk.

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.

Patrick Henry Park, 2449 E. Broad St.
Sit for a moment in Church Hill with a bite from Proper Pie or a cup from Riverbend Roastery.

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.

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Explore Forest Hill with the kids.

For families

These parks are ideal for all ages, but young ones especially will find plenty to enjoy.

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.

Fonticello Park, 2715 Bainbridge St.
The Markiya Dickinson Imagination Zone is a brand new playground at this park that’s also steeped in history.

PARK365, 3600 Saunders Ave.
Children with and without disabilities will love the accessible treehouse, merry-go-rounds, swings, and water features.

Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Rd.
Schedule a tour of the farmhouse and explore Henrico County’s history, or play on the playground.

Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd.
This park also hosts seasonal community events like concerts and outdoor film screenings.

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Get even more dog park options in our full guide.

Photo by Brent Cavedo, @rva_explorers_club

For four-legged friends

Here are some parks where dogs can let loose — be sure to read all rules and regulations before your first visit.

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.

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Artist Jake Van Yahres worked with local youth to create this Michael Jordan mural in Battery Park.

For athletes

While most of these parks offer a variety of opportunities, we’re highlighting them for their athletic amenities.

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.

Your park grab bag

Picked your perfect park? Make the most out of your experience with our favorite items for a relaxing day outside:

Keep it all together in a handy tote bag — these adorable tote bags are all crafted by small businesses and local makers.

Did we miss your favorite park? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

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