Belle Isle Pedestrian Bridge

Belle Isle on the James River is a great place for people with a love for the outdoors, granting them the opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat. Additional features include wooded trails, mountain biking trails, interpreted historical sites, wheelchair-accessible fishing at the quarry pond and a granite wall for rock climbing.

From Belle Isle, visitors can see Hollywood Cemetery, the old Tredegar Iron Works and the Richmond city skyline. Belle Isle has many bike trails around the island and has a small cliff used for rock-climbing instruction. The main access to the isle is the Belle Isle Pedestrian Bridge that runs under the Lee Bridge.

  • The pedestrian footbridge is accessible from Tredegar Street on the north shore.
  • Parking tends to be crowded at Tredegar Street on weekends — only about 50 spaces.
  • Alternate access is by wooden bridge near 22nd Street or by rock-hopping from the south shore.
  • Large, flat rocks surrounding the island make for good sunbathing, but the water is rough around the rapids and not suitable for swimming.
  • Children should be supervised.

Belle Isle also features a bicycle skills area, perfect for honing the mountain bike techniques needed to tackle the more than 18 miles of trails around the city.

Hours

Opens at sunrise and closes at sunset

Contact

City of Richmond
Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities
900 East Broad Street, Room 407
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 646‐5733

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