Canal Walk

Brown's Island, Virginia

Elevation Gain74ft
Trailhead Elevation28ft
Elevation Min/Max17/28ft
Elevation Start/End28/28ft

Canal Walk

Canal Walk is a hiking and biking trail in Richmond, Virginia. It is within Brown's Island. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 28 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 74 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. The Pipeline Overlook and Pipeline Overlook viewpoints and the Riverside on The James Parking can be seen along the trail. There is also parking along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Virginia Capital Trail.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Richmond, Virginia (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"This urban hike travels through Richmond’s downtown along restored canals dug to circumvent rapids of the James River. Now, downtown looms over the canal, a watery window to Richmond’s past. The Canal Walk is hard surface its entire distance as it works through the modern infrastructure while reliving history through informational displays. The City of Richmond has poured a lot of money into downtown revitalization generally and the Canal Walk specifically. It seems to be working. Now, visitors can travel along the restored canals of downtown, learn about history through displays, and enjoy the watery views as well as food, fun, and entertainment, plus get a little exercise while doing it. So, don’t feel bad when you order extra cream in your latte while watching others travel the multimillion-dollar route ingeniously laid out through and under—even over—the downtown infrastructure." Read more
Hiking through History Virginia (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"On this hike you will explore Richmond’s riverside past, showcased after years of underappreciation. This urban hike in the heart of downtown starts at Brown’s Island, then goes along restored canals originally dug for boats to circumvent the rapids of the James River. It goes around, under, and over the modern infrastructure while interpreting the interaction of yesteryear’s peoples and this locale. The Canal Walk consists of hard surface for its entire distance. It is fun to follow the trail and absorb the numerous informational displays, including medallions inlaid onto the pathways." Read more

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Trail Information

Brown's Island
Nearby City
Brown's Island
City of Richmond, 900 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219; (804) 646-7000; <a href=" "> </a>
Local Contacts
Canal Walk; USGS Richmond
USGS Richmond
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Dec 2018