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81º | 15% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 5:48 a.m. | Sunset 8:31 p.m.

🥾 Hit up a River City hike
A map on the Buttermilk Trail.
The Buttermilk Trail’s steep, technical terrain have made it one of Richmond’s most popular hiking trails. | Photo via Capital Region Land Conservancy
From quick and easy loops around town to drives that take you to new heights, Richmond has plenty of places to hit the trail.

Lace up your hiking boots, because we’ve compiled a hiking guide for the Richmond area with 15+ routes and trails to help you plan your next adventure.

Friends of the James River Park has a handy guide and trail maps for the 22+ miles of trails in the system.

Belle Isle
  • Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
  • Length: 3 miles
  • Wheelchair accessible: Partially — ramps and bridge are paved, main loop is compact dirt
  • Pet-friendly: Yes, leash required
Cross the bridge and follow the path around this historic island. As you head towards the top of the island, the trails will get more difficult.

Pro tip: If you don’t want to deal with parking, take GRTC Route 87 and get off on 2nd Street at Brown’s Island Way or Spring Street.

Buttermilk Trail
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Length: 2.5 miles
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes, leash required
Choose from three trails — Buttermilk East, Proper, and Heights — with tight, twisty descents, steep climbs, creek crossings, and bridges. With public access now protected for years to come, the trail will likely continue to be among the most popular in the James River Park System.

Senior City Editor Robin here: My favorite part of the Buttermilk Trail is explaining its history to newcomers. Yes, there’s actual buttermilk involved.


You could find a new friend exploring the trails at Maymont.


Photo by RICtoday

Maymont Trails
  • Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
  • Length: 1 mile
  • Wheelchair accessible: Partially — many paths are paved
  • Pet-friendly: No
Make your own hike at Maymont, whether you want to explore the Italian and Japanese Gardens or take a nature walk past black bears, Raptor Valley, and the farm.

Senior City Editor Robin here: I feel like I physically can’t go to Maymont without taking a stroll past the black bears.

Find a dozen more local trails at the button below.
What is most important to you when choosing a hike?
A. Level of difficulty
B. Time to complete/number of miles
C. Unmatched views
D. It’s all about the hiking location
Tuesday, June 11
  • Jack Stepanian On Shockoe Sessions Live! | Tuesday, June 11 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | In Your Ear Studios, 1813 E. Broad St., Richmond | $15 | Get tickets to see the singer-songwriter in studio or tune in to the livestream on YouTube.
Wednesday, June 12
  • Literary Virginia Book Group | Wednesday, June 12 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Register to discuss “The Displacements” by Bruce Holsinger with this Library of Virginia group.
  • Dominion Energy Jazz Café | Wednesday, June 12 | 6-8 p.m. | Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | Free | Head to the atrium to experience the modern grooves of the Rex Richardson Group.
  • “Peter Rabbit” | Wednesday, June 12 | 7-7:45 p.m. | Agecroft Hall, 4305 Sulgrave Rd., Richmond | $8 | Bring the kids for a 45-minute production from the Concert Ballet of Virginia.
Thursday, June 13
  • Senior Day in the Park | Thursday, June 13 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Byrd Park Round House, 600 S. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | Free | Enjoy games, crafts, and music from the Katz Band.
  • Flowers After 5 | Thursday, June 13 | 5-8 p.m. | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond | $0-$20 | It’s PRIDOS Night with dog-friendly festivities, performances by local drag superstars, and a dance party with DJ Barebonez.
Friday, June 14
  • Jubilation in June: Legacy Band | Friday, June 14 | 8 p.m. | Dogwood Dell, 600 S. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | Free | Groove with this local band as part of the city’s Festival of Arts.
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News Notes
Coming Soon
  • The owners of Maya, which closed downtown last year, are opening a new restaurant at Westchester Commons. Centro will have a menu inspired by South American cuisine. It should be open around November. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • Diablo Doughnuts RVA has closed. The Glen Allen shop opened in February 2023. In an Instagram announcement, owner Scott Rose thanked everyone for their support. He is stepping away to focus on a health issue.
  • The Flying Squirrels are top four in average attendance this season across all 120 minor league baseball teams. Franchise leaders say strategic planning, youth outreach, affordability, and optimism for a new ballpark are all part of the successful equation. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • Beauvine Burger Concept will be temporarily closed for around two weeks. The Fan restaurant is undergoing repairs. Need a burger fix? Check out our ultimate local burger map.
  • Did you know? You can reserve a family pass to the Science Museum of Virginia through the Richmond Public Library. Place a hold on the pass, then pick it up to get free admission for up to two adults and four youths. Discover more library benefitsit’s not just books.
  • Grammy Award nominee Bryson Tiller performed in Doswell over the weekend, but not before stopping by Richmond Animal Care and Control. The R&B singer-songwriter adopted a kitten from the city shelter. (ABC 8News)
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🎶 Listen up at “Virginia is for Music Lovers”
Artist Ron Stokes and DJ J.Frvncis collaborated for the exhibit and will be present at the meet and greet. | Photo via Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia’s new exhibit, mark your calendar for a special event tomorrow at 6 p.m.

The museum is hosting a Meet and Greet with the artists and DJs who made “Virginia is For Music Lovers” possible. Hear from Ron Stokes and J.Frvncis, Chris Visions and HipHop Henry, Jowarnise and Mike Street, and more about their creative process.

The exhibit pairs local creatives together to explore the legacy of Black music in Virginia through curated playlists, visual art, and artifacts.

“Virginia is for Music Lovers” will remain at the museum through July 27. Pro tip: Bring your own headphones or earbuds to take full advantage of the audio-visual exhibit.
The Buy
A cute swimsuit cover that combines the classic look of a button down shirt with extra length so everything’s covered.
In honor of National Donut Day, we asked you what kind of donut Richmond would be.

30% of respondents said glazed is the best option, followed by blueberry with 25% and frosted with sprinkles at 22.5%. We’ll also shout out the creative alternate suggestion of mocha filled with espresso crème — that sounds delicious.

Keep sharing your thoughts at the button below.
The Wrap
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From the editor
I’m glad some poll respondents got the blueberry donut vibes. To me, Richmond has got to be a cake donut. Simplicity, substance, pops of sweetness — that sounds like the River City to me.
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