Great Race Courses and Places to Run in Metro Richmond


Bear Creek State Park in Cumberland County off of Rt. 60. Site of Swinging Bridge Trail Run. Many blazed trails.

Bryan Park A nice park with lake and rolling hills. About 1.5 miles of running on outer course. Great azalea gardens in the Spring.

Canal Walk A 1.25-mile corridor from the historic Tredegar Iron Works site, just west of 5th Street, to 17th Street on the east.

Cheswick Park Up to 1-mile exercise trail off of Forrest Ave. next to Koger Center in Henrico.

Deep Run Park ½ and ~ 1-mile trail off of Ridgefield and Gaskins in Henrico.

Henricus Park “A good place to run is at Henricus Park off Rt 10 going towards Chester.  The trail there is wide enough for vehicular traffic.  It is almost 4 miles out, mostly dirt with some graveled parts, and marked every .5 mile.  So you can get in about an 8 mile run.  You find a few walkers, bird watchers, some runners, and some bikers there.  A very nice quiet place to run.”  Thanx to Christy Gambill for submitting this.

Huguenot Park Between Robious Rd. and Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield.  ¾ mile crushed stone trail in the woods.

Innsbrook Corporate Center 5 K Course 5 K course used for many club races in Henrico.

James River Park - Main Area The main area has three entrances off Riverside Drive at 43rd Street, Reedy Creek and 22nd Street.

James River Park - Belle Isle The main access to Belle Isle is by pedestrian footbridge from Tredegar Street on the North shore.

James River Park - Pony Pasture The main access is off of Riverside Drive.

NTELOS 8K Course Down Broad St. and back from the Capital area. City street running.

Petersberg Battlefield  Petersburg Battlefield, Route 36, adjacent to Ft. Lee.  The paved road, with one-way traffic and a bike/run lane, is 3.5 miles long, allowing up to a 7 mile run.  There are also over 10 miles of trails, with numerous loops.  It is clean, quiet, and relatively traffic free.  A one-year family pass is only $15.00  Open dawn to dusk except Federal holidays. Thanks to Don Sutherland for submitting this.

Pocahontas State Park  in Chesterfield. Cross-country course with many trails.

Richmond National Battlefield Park Cross-country course with many trails.

Richmond SunTrust Marathon Course Circuit course around Richmond through many of the best running areas.

Rockwood Park  Rockwood Park on the Southside has some great trails, both paved and unpaved.  The paved trail has mile markers. Thanks to Lori Barnes for bring this to the clubs attention.

University of Richmond College campus course with hills.

Xterra Course on the James River Heavy-duty course along and across the river.




Points of Interest in Richmond


Agecroft Hall

Barksdale Theatre

Black History Museum

Chesterfield Museum Complex

Children’s Museum of Richmond

Chimborazo Medical Museum

Colonial Downs Race Track

Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen

Edgar Allan Poe Museum

Elegba Folklore Society

Hand Workshop Art Center

Henricus Historic Park

Hollywood Cemetery

James River & Kanawha Canal Walk

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Library of Virginia

Maggie Walker National Historic Site


Museum and White House of the Confederacy

Old Dominion Railway Museum

Paramount’s Kings Dominion

Richmond National Battlefield Park

Richmond River District

Science Museum of Virginia

Sherwood Forest Plantation

Shirley Plantation

Theatre IV

Valentine Richmond History Center

Virginia Historical Society and Museum

Virginia Holocaust Museum

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Wilton House Museum

17th Street Farmers Market



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Updated 1/7/06