Pony Pasture is a hiking and biking trail in Richmond, Virginia. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 98 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 74 feet. The Pony Pasture parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms.
Pony Pasture Professional Reviews and Guides
"Enjoy shoals and beaches along the James River at this popular water lover’s destination. The hike then takes you amid wetlands and to a wildlife blind and also along a small stream named Pleasant Creek. The rich forest features some notably large trees.The trail system takes you along the James River past a beach and along the intriguing shoreline before meeting the peninsula of land between Pleasant Creek and a wetland back from the river. More trails wander through the wetlands before returning to the trailhead."
--Johnny Molloy, Best Easy Day Hikes: Richmond, Virginia (Falcon Guides).
"Despite the swampy nature of its ragtag woods, Pony Pasture Rapids remains a popular outing for Richmonders. A central, Southside location and well-marked trails attract dog-walkers, joggers, and families. Crickets drown the sound of traffic, and riparian wildlife thrives among the vine-swathed trees.
There are two main trails at Pony Pasture Rapids. River Trail parallels the James, and Pleasants Creek Trail follows its namesake as it grows from a bubbling stream on the park’s western edge to a 20-foot-wide creek where it enters the James."
--Nathan Lott, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg (Menasha Ridge Press).
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