Gorgeous Richmond, Virginia! We live in such a beautiful area that picking out only 10 of the best parks for outdoor exercise in Richmond was difficult. I found a list of over 60 beautiful parks for RVA residents to enjoy. I used convenience, beauty, facilities and safety as my criteria.
This time of year can be a great time to get outside for hiking, biking, swimming and running. The days are long and the kids are out of school, making family exercise a fun and healthy option. Being outside eases depression and helps us manufacture vitamin D.
Of course, along with the beauty of our area, comes the high heat and humidity of summer. Common sense tips are:
- Stay hydrated. Keep plenty of water on hand (remember your pets).
- Go before 10am or after 7pm.
- Use sunscreen and bug spray.
- Dress in light layers in moisture wicking fabric. Use a hat and sunglasses.
- Stop if you light-headed, dizzy or overheated.
- ALWAYS exercise indoors if we have excessive heat or humidity. So, make sure to keep coming into our small-group personal training and group exercise classes!
Information given about the parks is based on current information and may change. Please visit the Richmond Parks and Recreation website current information.
Harry G. Daniel Park
This park is pet friendly, so bring along your four-legged friends for some walking or hiking onto the wooded trails. There is a small golf course, baseball/softball diamonds, soccer and football fields which are well taken care of.
As for court sports, you can find basketball, tennis, and handball/racquetball/pickleball courts. You will also find some fitness equipment besides the usual cardio found in most parks. Take one of our workouts with you for a challenge!
Don’t be surprise to see plenty of wildlife as well as you explore the many easy access trails. Plenty of parking makes it easy to arrive and get right to the fun. Go there to relax, for a walk, or to train for your next competition.
6600 Whitepine Road Richmond, VA 23237
Access 8:30am – 5pm daily
A beautiful slice of nature right there on Richmond’s northside! Step away from the city and unwind on the scenic paths of Bryan Park. Plenty of walking, running or biking spaces as well as a Frisbee golf course and some green space for meditation or relaxing.
Hang out by Young’s Pond and watch the variety of water fowl that make their homes there. Bryan Park is also pet friendly, so bring along Fido for some exercise as well. There is a weekly market and numerous bird and nature walks to join.
4308 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23227
Access 7am – 7 pm daily
Reedy Creek Trail
A very popular location for hiking and mountain biking along the southside of the James River. Reedy Creek Trail isn’t very long at just under a mile long, but it boasts some of the most beautiful views looking north toward the city!
This venue provides a relaxing loop for walkers and joggers. Other activities include swimming, paddling, fishing and bird watching.
4101 Hillcrest Road, Richmond, VA 23225
Access is sunrise to sunset daily
Not a huge park at 100 acres, but plenty of hiking and biking on the many trails this little park has to offer. Tucked in beyond a neighborhood and hospital complex, Powhite Park is a hidden gem.
Bring along the binoculars to spy the wide variety of birds. Birds aren’t the only wildlife, with deer and beaver being seen regularly throughout. The perimeter loop is about 2.4 miles, so its quick way to get in a little cardio, even on a lunch break. This park is pet friendly.
7200 Jahnke Road Richmond, VA 23225
Access 6am – 9pm daily
Poor Farm Park
A bit north outside the city, this 205-acre park includes nature trails, picnic areas, mountain-biking trails, and football and baseball fields. The trails are extensive and you can hike or ride for hours without losing interest with the nature and gorgeous views you’ll see around you.
13400 Liberty School Road Hanover, VA 23069
Access 8:30am – 5pm daily
Larus Park’s 106 acres of wooded beauty sits on the western side of the city close to Chesterfield County. Buried in a residential area, Larus Park is a beautiful respite not far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
This a great place to stretch your legs for a walk or jog. Jump on your bike and hit the trails for a quicker pace. You’ll find yourself beneath a wooded canopy of mature hardwoods and pine.
At the center of the park you’ll find a winding rocky stream which compliments the beauty of the forest. It’s possible to cover 3-4 miles as you navigate your way through the park at the speed you desire.
8732 Hayden Hill Lane Richmond, VA 23235
Access is sunrise to sunset daily
A very popular and busy park in the west end of the city, Byrd Park is another great spot for getting out and moving without having to travel far. With 287 acres to explore, walkers or runners can make their way along the trail and even stop to use some well-placed exercise stations along the route.
For those interested in sports with a ball, there is a lighted tennis complex and two softball fields. During the summer pedal boats can be rented on Fountain Lake, getting you out on the water for some good leg exercise! Byrd Park is also pet friendly and fishing is permitted.
600 South Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
Access is sunrise to sunset daily, except for the tennis complex
Forrest Hill Park
Just south from Reedy Creek is Forrest Hill Park, known for it’s famous Stone House. This historic 105 acre park is another walkers delight boasting a variety of trails, a beautiful lake, and playground. The biking trails vary for different experience levels. This park is pet friendly. Farmers Market on Saturdays
4021 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA 23225
Access 6am – 8pm daily
Deep Run Park & Recreation Center
With 3.4 miles of paved trails you can do all the same things you could do on the road but in the safety and beauty of a park. There is a playground and soccer fields for the kids. Jog, bike or walk the numerous trails throughout the park and stop alongside one of the ponds to check out the wildlife. A gazebo for reading, relaxing and meditation.
9900 Ridgefield Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23233
Access dawn to dusk daily
West of the city you will find Huguenot Park. A small park at 53 acres, but with plenty of parking it gets your visit off to a great start. Pound out some cardio on the 2.3-mile fitness trail, or take the kids to the spacious playground. Sports you can play at Huguenot Park include tennis, basketball, and soccer.
10901 Robious Road North Chesterfield, VA 23235
Access 6am -11pm daily
Remember, while outside exercise is a fantastic way to change up your routine, it’s important to keep up your regular routine in the summer. You don’t want to find yourself starting from scratch this fall. Coming into the studio even twice a week is sufficient to keep your fitness level steady.
Gyms and personal training studios are usually quiet from May to August, making it easy to get a workout in. I find it relaxing with less people.
Enjoy your outdoor time…but I’ll see you at the gym!