Canal Walk

Richmond, Virginia

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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.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Richmond, Virginia

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Richmond, Virginia

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

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.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Richmond
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Richmond
Driving Directions: Directions to Canal Walk

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May 2018