Know Your City: Lewis G. Larus Park

Find miles of trails right in your backyard

A lush green trail under a blue sky

The view from the Power Line spur trail at Larus Park.

Photo by RICtoday

In the woods behind Stony Point Fashion Park, Lewis G. Larus Park is one of the best-kept secrets of Richmond’s several trail systems.

Multiple miles of well-marked dirt trails wind around the hills of Larus Park, split up into four color-coded loops — red, yellow, blue and green. There is also a short powerline connector trail, the view from which you might recognize from our Instagram.

There are five map kiosks distributed across the trail systems and colorful blazes mark the trees along the path. Rolling hills carry you down towards a stream and up closer to the main roads. The thriving forest includes running cedar moss, loblolly pines, and even the occasional blueberry bush.

A lush park overgrown with flora and fauna

Besides its trails, Larus Park has an incredibly diverse plant populatation.

Photo via Virginia.org

The trail system is a favorite for runners and walkers — a full tour de Larus lasts about 2.5 miles. It’s dog friendly (with a leash, of course) and accessible via two trailheads. The western entrance is at 3409 Stony Point Rd. and the northern entrance is beside 9013 Old Holly Rd.

The spot is also beloved by local rock climbers. Larus Park has over a dozen established bouldering routes across three boulders — Big Brother, Little Brother, and Redheaded Step Brother. Difficulties range from V0 to V8.

Looking to check out Lewis Larus Park for yourself? Download a trail map and enjoy.

This article is part of our “Know Your City” series, where we take a closer look at hidden gems around Richmond. We’re always looking for more suggestions for where to explore. Tell us your favorites.