The Best Family-Friendly Hikes In and Around Richmond, VA

Published on August 01, 2022 - Updated on August 01, 2022

Richmond, known affectionately as “The River City,” offers a trove of hikes. With options like historic landmarks and river views, RVA has a hike for everyone! Narrowing this list down to *just* five hikes was difficult for me, as I absolutely love so many of them, but here they are. Five of the very best hikes Richmond has to offer.

Belle Isle

334 Tredegar St., Richmond, VA, 23218

Belle Isle

History, a suspension bridge, and access to the James River are only a few of the reasons why this is one of the most beloved places in all of Richmond. The entire loop is 1.8 miles and is both bike and all-terrain stroller-friendly. Don’t miss the opportunity to play on the rocks along the river. It's always a favorite for my children!

Forest Hill Park

4021 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225

Forest Hill Park

The paths of Forest Hill hold many memories for my family. This park offers family-friendly hikes that will grow with your family! Our preference is to park by the Historic Stone House and follow the paved loop all the way to the creek. Pack binoculars to check out the herons and other wildlife, like turtles and fish. This route is 2 miles, with a covered picnic pavilion along the way!


1000 Westover Rd., Richmond, VA 23220


Many know Maymont for its famed Children’s Farm and expansive gardens, but with 100 acres, this park offers several family-friendly hikes that any nature lover will appreciate! Don’t forget to splash in the creek, climb the trees and cross the stepping stones in the Japanese Gardens.

Pocahontas State Park

10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield, VA, 23832

Pocahontas State Park

As the largest state park in Virginia, Pocahontas makes it easy to find safe hikes for everyone. We particularly recommend Beaver Lake Trail, which features a water spill, bridge, creek, and floating dock.

University of Richmond

410 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA, 23171

University of Richmond Hike

Who can resist a hike with gorgeous architecture as the backdrop?! With a lake, a Greek amphitheater, and paved paths, U of R is a popular recreational destination for walkers, runners, and families.

What are your favorite Richmond area spots? Have you done any of the hikes on the list? Be sure to tag us on Instagram with any of your family's adventures @gethappyly.

Interested in other fun activities that will get the kids outside? Read up on our Building a Family Garden article, Build a Bug Hotel in your backyard, or learn some new Sidewalk Chalk Games!

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Lindsay Garrison
Lindsay Garrison is a Richmond, Virginia based mom to two young children. A graduate of Chesterfield Schools and Randolph-Macon College, Lindsay is proud to call Richmond home. In the years prior to planning activities and outings with her own children, she was a French teacher. During her tenure she earned accolades for her creative teaching style and ability to connect with her students. She now applies the skills she learned when she was planning student trips to France, to her own family adventures. She can’t wait to take her own children to France one day!
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