An island in the middle of the James River in downtown Richmond, Belle Isle was acquired by William Byrd I in 1676 and it remained in the Byrd family for a century. The Park’s most popular site, it offers wooded paths, mountain biking trails, a bicycle skills area, historical sites, wheelchair-accessible fishing at the quarry pond, good sunbathing and a granite wall for rock climbing. A pedestrian bridge under the Lee Bridge provides access from Historic Tredegar.
Visitors can find a water station for filling bottles and a port-a-potty.
History in the park
Belle Isle has been the home to a granite quarry, nail factory, and an infamous Civil War POW camp.
Open from sunrise to sunset every day.