From a Native American fishing village to a 20th century stell plant, Belle Isle Historic Park is a 54 acre island is the heart of Richmond that shows the social and economic history of Virginia's capitol city.
Massive cliffs, crashing rapids and stone ruins all beckon you to 300 years of changing land use.
The main access to Belle Isle is by pedestrian footbridge from Tredegar St. on the north shore . Alternate access is by wooden bridge near 22nd St. or by rock-hopping from the south shore.
Large flat rocks surrounding the island make for good sunbathing, but the water is rough around the rapids and not suitable for swimming. Children should be supervised. Additional features include wooded trails, mountain biking trails, interpreted historical sites, wheelchair-accessible fishing at the quarry pond, and a granite wall for rock climbing.
Last Updated: 9/27/2011 9:51 AM