Buttermilk Loop

Richmond, Virginia 23224

Buttermilk Loop

Buttermilk Loop Professional Review and Guide

"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 Loop Reviews

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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.
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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Spring through Fall
USGS Richmond
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