Buttermilk Heights Trail

Richmond, Virginia 23224

Elevation Gain244ft
Trailhead Elevation122ft
Elevation Min/Max114/155ft
Elevation Start/End122/122ft

Buttermilk Heights Trail

Buttermilk Heights Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Richmond, Virginia. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 122 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 244 feet. The 22nd Street (Weekends Only), JRPS 22nd St Parking, and JRPS Parking are near the trailhead. There are also informations. The JRPS Headquarter Parking and Buttermilk Spring and another information can be seen along the trail. There are also restrooms and woods along the trail. Near the end of the trail are an information, a bench, drinking water, and a picnic site. This trail connects with the following: Buttermilk Connector, Forest Hill and Buttermilk Heights (Abandoned Quarry Loop).

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Richmond, Virginia (Falcon Guides)
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"This hike makes a slender circuit near Reedy Creek at James River Park. It first follows the narrow and winding Buttermilk Trail, then wanders along the James, where islands await exploration. It then leaves the river and passes its namesake, historic Buttermilk Spring, before returning to the trailhead. This hike, located in the Reedy Creek area of James River Park, travels one of its premier paths—the Buttermilk Trail—for approximately half its route. The Buttermilk Trail navigates a hilly wooded corridor under a rich forest of tulip trees, oaks, and insane amounts of ivy and other exotic ground cover, along with ferns and paw-paw. The path will occasionally divide but come together again, nestled between Riverside Drive and Norfolk Southern Railroad. Reach a tower of steps to cross the railroad then join another path wandering along the shore of the big James River."

Buttermilk Heights Trail Trip Reports

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Another trail I enjoy doing during the week as weekends can be quite crowded. It's easy to get lost too so make sure you know where you're going. You move along the river the whole time and it makes for a really nice natural spot for some exercise. It's not very difficult, at least for me. I've seen it noted as "moderate" in some other guides. If you're in the area I definitely recommend a visit.
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This trail rocked. High traffic (in the city) but worth it. Do Buttermilk across walking bridge and connect with the North ridge? trail to complete a 6 mile square that crosses the James River x2. AWESOME!

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