Climbing in the James River Park

Richmond is one of the few cities that allows rock climbing inside its corporate limits and the Park offers a number of challenging opportunities for climbers.

The Manchester Climbing Wall is centered on the remains of three railroad trestles from the 19th Century. These 30-60-foot walls are equipped with bolts and shutts, and multiple routes challenge experienced and newer climbers alike. In addition to opportunities for bouldering, the abandoned quarry on Belle Isle features routes up to 40-feet in height, and several bolted routes in the medium-to-moderate range. The Buttermilk Trail, just off of Riverside Drive, is home to challenging boulders with colorful names like Shark Boulder, Whale Boulder, Bike Boulder, and Egg Boulder.

Where to Climb in the Park

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