Pony Pasture Rapids

Bon Air, Virginia 23235

Pony Pasture Rapids

Pony Pasture Rapids Professional Review and Guide

"Despite the swampy nature of its ragtag woods, Pony Pasture Rapids remains a popular outing for Richmonders. A central, Southside location and well-marked trails attract dog-walkers, joggers, and families. Crickets drown the sound of traffic, and riparian wildlife thrives among the vine-swathed trees.

There are two main trails at Pony Pasture Rapids. River Trail parallels the James, and Pleasants Creek Trail follows its namesake as it grows from a bubbling stream on the park’s western edge to a 20-foot-wide creek where it enters the James."

Pony Pasture Rapids Reviews

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Hidden gem. Well marked trails, beautiful huge poplars and beech, varied terrain, and few people.
Caledon has a good variety of trails to choose from. Besides the 'published' trails, it is very easy to combine paths to make longer hikes possible. The "Boyd's Hole" and "Flats" trails make a nice ~3.5 mile loop that goes to the bank of the Potomac River. Because this is a Bald Eagle nesting area, those trails are only available from October 1 thru March 31. The other trails include 5 short trails that are chained so that the hiker can choose a distance/difficulty that suits them. The complete loop is ~4 miles, and includes some fairly steep ravines. The newest trail is "Belmont", a ~3.5 mile loop that includes some of the relatively flat gravel-surfaced "Boyd's Hole" trail, then separates to avoid the protected area and loop around the other trails. Belmont is my favorite of all of the options at Caledon -- it's strenuous enough to give me a good workout but not exhausting. Caledon's trails are never crowded. On the weekends I may see a couple of other hikers, but most of the time I have the trail all to myself. I've seen many deer during my walks -- mostly on the days that I am able to get there in the morning.

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Trail Information

Bon Air
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Trail Type
Skill Level
1–1.5 hours
Additional Use
Call James River Park at (804) 646-8911.
Local Contacts
See signboard in main parking lot; also available at the visitor center in James River Park.
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018