Pony Pasture

Richmond, Virginia 23290

Distance1.2mi
Elevation Gain74ft
Trailhead Elevation98ft
Top100ft
Elevation Min/Max90/100ft
Elevation Start/End98/98ft

Pony Pasture

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. This trail connects with the following: The Wetlands.

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."

"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."

Pony Pasture Reviews

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5/9/2009
Hidden gem. Well marked trails, beautiful huge poplars and beech, varied terrain, and few people.
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10/10/2008
Caledon has a good variety of trails to choose from. Besides the 'published' trails, it is very easy to combine paths to make longer hikes possible. The "Boyd's Hole" and "Flats" trails make a nice ~3.5 mile loop that goes to the bank of the Potomac River. Because this is a Bald Eagle nesting area, those trails are only available from October 1 thru March 31. The other trails include 5 short trails that are chained so that the hiker can choose a distance/difficulty that suits them. The complete loop is ~4 miles, and includes some fairly steep ravines. The newest trail is "Belmont", a ~3.5 mile loop that includes some of the relatively flat gravel-surfaced "Boyd's Hole" trail, then separates to avoid the protected area and loop around the other trails. Belmont is my favorite of all of the options at Caledon -- it's strenuous enough to give me a good workout but not exhausting. Caledon's trails are never crowded. On the weekends I may see a couple of other hikers, but most of the time I have the trail all to myself. I've seen many deer during my walks -- mostly on the days that I am able to get there in the morning.
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Trail Information

Richmond
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Easy
Skill Level
Hiking
Additional Use
Call James River Park at (804) 646-8911.
Local Contacts
See signboard in main parking lot; also available at the visitor center in James River Park.
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018