Belle Isle and Brown’s Island

Richmond, Virginia 23274

Belle Isle and Brown’s Island

Belle Isle and Brown’s Island Professional Review and Guide

"In the James River, near the heart of the city, Belle Isle is a de rigueur Richmond outing, augmented here by a short stroll around Brown’s Island, itself a popular, parklike destination on the north shore of the James with an amphitheater that hosts summer concerts. For newcomers and lifelong Richmonders alike, these islands reveal much about the city’s industrial and wartime past.

One of five waterside parcels jointly managed as the James River Park (see also James River Park Main Section and Pony Pasture Rapids, pages 39 and 48, respectively), Belle Isle is one of Richmond’s most historic and most popular outdoor destinations. What hard-trammeled Belle Isle lacks in wilderness, it compensates for with views of the James River and the downtown skyline across the water."

Belle Isle and Brown’s Island Reviews

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Decent beginner trail, but can be confusing due to lack of trail markings. Also beware of ticks--the two of us hiked the entire circuit and pulled 54 ticks off of us despite liberal quantities of DEET.

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Trail Type
Skill Level
1–2 hours
James River Park at (804) 646-8911
Local Contacts
Belle isle map available online at
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Jul 2018