Discovering Richmond's Hidden Gem: Northbank Trail
Opened in the Spring of 2005, Richmond's Northbank Trail offers cyclists a mix of natural beauty and urban accessibility. The trail became renowned after its inclusion in the Xterra East Championship race. What makes this trail unique is not just its technical terrains and fast stretches but also the scenic vistas of the James River and the historical artifacts discovered alongside.
A key feature of the Northbank Trail is its challenging nature. It boasts several technical turns, demanding climbs, and patches scattered with roots and rocks. Although primarily a fast-paced trail, it offers breathtaking river views, a testament to its harmony with nature.From an urban perspective, the trail holds the promise of expansion. There's buzz about elongating it to connect with the Nickle bridge. This would effectively complete a loop comprising of Buttermilk, Forest Hill, Belle Isle, and Northbank.
Getting There: Starting from Interstate 64 E/95 S, take exit 75. After approximately eleven blocks on Third St., make a left turn onto Byrd St. Following this, take a right onto 5th, another right onto Tredegar, and head down to the parking lot for Belle Isle. The trail can be accessed via the gravel road on the opposite side of the parking lot's chain-link fence.
The Northbank Trail is a testament to Richmond's commitment to offering diverse cycling experiences. Whether it's the charm of an urban trail, the beauty of nature, or the thrill of challenging terrains, Northbank doesn't disappoint. Whether a local or a visitor in Virginia, it's a trail that beckons to be ridden.