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March 1, 2021

Fun Outdoor Activities in Richmond, VA

Mountains, beaches, and the Nation’s Capital! Centuries of history, quaint towns, stunning parks & estates. In Virginia, there’s always something exciting to experience. Whether you’re looking for a new corner to explore, or a fun and interesting way to enjoy the outdoors, this legendary region is your ticket to staying healthy and keeping social.

Do you love antique hunting? How about visiting historical homes or walking through a scenic park? Whatever it is you want to do, Virginia has plenty of places to visit that are near your Cornerstone Community. There are so many things to do in this area and here is just a sampling of our favorites!

Outdoor Activities in Richmond  

James River Park.

James River Park  

The James River Park, a unique part of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, includes acres of shoreline and islands in the capital of Virginia. It includes most of the fall line of the James River. Rocks, rapids, meadows, and forests make for an area of unspoiled natural beauty — a little bit of wilderness in the heart of the city. 

Maymont Park

Maymont is a 100-acre historic estate and park, with many unique experiences to enjoy. Stroll through the gardens and arboretum, see native wildlife habitats, feed friendly goats, explore The Robins Nature Center and visit the Mansion.  

Pocahontas state park.

Pocahontas State Park 

Pocahontas State Park offers boating, picnicking, camping, camping cabins, 90-plus miles of trails, and nature and history programs. The park's 2,000-seat amphitheater hosts concert series and family-friendly entertainment.  

Ware Bottom Church Battlefield

A Civil War site, Ware Bottom Battlefield Park marks the center of fighting that took place in 1864. The park contains large unbroken sections of the Howlett Line, with well-preserved trenches and artillery positions that were constructed after the battle.     

Harry G. Daniel Park at Iron Bridge

This 187-acre park is located across from the county airport off of Route 288. Numerous fields, game courts, shelters, and trails make this a popular destination for recreational activities. The park is located next to The First Tee golf course.  

 Midlothian Mines Park

One of the first major industrial sites in the U.S., the Midlothian Mines became a 44-acre preserve in 2004. The cut stone ruins of the mines are surrounded by beautiful woodlands. Trails run through the park, and tours are available as well. 

Canal Path.

Canal Path

The Canal Path in Fredericksburg is a paved path that winds along the canal from Fall Hill Avenue to Princess Anne Street. The Rappahannock River Heritage Trail connects the two parts of the Canal Path. Great for walkers and bike riders. Trails are open all day, year round.

Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area 

This lovely oasis in Fredericksburg provides a variety of recreational opportunities. The 860-acre natural area includes the 160-acre reservoir, and is a haven for fishing, canoeing, hiking, and picnicking. Currently, only the hiking trails are open.  

One of our favorite places an hour or so away is Farmville, home of Longwood University.   A great day trip to get new furniture for your new home, take a hike, and enjoy good food at local restaurants!  

High Bridge Trail State Park

Over 2,400 feet long, rising 125 feet above the Appomattox River, the High Bridge is the longest recreational bridge in Virginia and among the longest in the nation. Built in 1853, the bridge is the centerpiece of High Bridge Trail State Park.   And after you hike, there are many great restaurants to enjoy and relax.  


Green Front Furniture 

Spread over several blocks of Downtown Farmville, Green Front Furniture comprises 12 buildings of furniture, stocked with fine furnishings, rugs, imports and accessories. This discount furniture powerhouse draws fervent fans from hundreds of miles away.  Great place to redecorate your new home!!!

The opportunities to explore around our 55+ communities near Richmond are endless. Both Richmond and Fredericksburg are a hop, skip and a jump to the Nation’s Capital for a great day or weekend trip.  The mountains in Charlottesville offer many hiking opportunities. Go an hour or so south and you hit the beaches of Virginia!   So lace up your boots and get moving! For more information on our available homes and communities please contact 804-215-0766. 

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