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Belle Isle

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (9)

Mixed hills and flat terrain singletrack winding through the island and features Bike Skills Course.


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2.5

Miles

4.1

KM

Singletrack

131' 40 m

High

38' 12 m

Low

115' 35 m

Up

116' 35 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Closed 24hrs for every inch of rain fallen. Gate at the northern entrance to the Belle Isle pedestrian bridge closes at dusk and reopens at dawn.

Description

From the Belle Isle (Tredegar) parking lot, ride along the paved road heading west and make a right U-turn past the iron gate to head up the walkway to the pedestrian bridge. Continue onto the pedestrian bridge and down the other side to reach the beginning of the gravel access road.

If you turn left after exiting the ramp, you'll ride the eastern side of the island consisting mostly of flat terrain that leads to the Bike Skills Course and a shorter loop on the southeast side of the island.

If you turn right after exiting the ramp, you'll ride the hillier side of the island winding through more sloped terrain. This singletrack will occasionally meander into the gravel road. That said, stay alert for pedestrians.

Belle Isle can be included into the James River Park System featured ride loop that connects between North Bank Trail on the north side of the river and Buttermilk Proper and Buttermilk East on the south side. To access Belle Isle from North Bank Trail, head over the wooden walkway underneath Lee Bridge and down the gravel road to reach the Belle Isle (Tredegar) parking lot. To access Belle Isle from the south side of the river, start at the intersection of Buttermilk Proper and Buttermilk East and cross over the walkway above the railroad and down the steps. You can either branch off to the left for paved access or to the right for a narrower ride along the fence. Cross the wooden access bridge to reach the island.

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Shared By:

Laura Major

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  4.3 from 9 votes

#4691

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  4.3 from 9 votes
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#4,691

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Photos

Belle Isle Skills park.  Under the Lee bridge.
Aug 17, 2015 near Richmond, VA
Stephen testing the new line.
May 23, 2016 near Richmond, VA
Stephen hitting the little wall on Belle
May 23, 2016 near Richmond, VA
Kitt going high!
May 23, 2016 near Richmond, VA

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Jun 4, 2020
Mashalik Keeley
Jan 18, 2019
T Park
Most trails are in rough shape. It hasn't helped that they seem to be clear cutting the hill. I know it's managing invasive species but it's a mess
Jan 8, 2019
Scott Johnson
Jul 3, 2018
Bruce DeHart
Jun 24, 2018
Jason Myers
Sep 17, 2017
Eddy Zuber
A-okay!
Apr 1, 2017
Douglas Miller
2.5mi
Nov 12, 2012
Stephanie Striefel
fun play trails under the freeway 2.5mi