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Ancarrow’s Landing/Historic Manchester Slave Docks

The Richmond Slave Trail

Ancarrow’s includes the beginning of the Richmond Slave Trail. This self-guided trail covers nearly three miles and travels west along the James River, crossing to the northside of the river. For more information and a map of the trail, visit the Slave Trail Commission webpage.

Shad, Family Biking

Ancarrow’s Landing — the easternmost section of the park system — has recently undergone a major renovation. ExxonMobil, the legal successor to a chemical fertilizer plant that occupied the site for decades, removed a large volume of contaminated soil, expanded and improved the parking lot, including new lighting, and extended and enhanced the trails leading from the lot.

This park section is a prime spot for the running of the shad every spring. Popular with fisherfolk of many nationalities. The trail loop is accessible from the east side of Ancarrow’s landing offers family-friendly riding for beginning mountain bikers.


Birding Hike Run Dog Walk Fishing Historic Site Biking Scenic View

Other South of the River Locations

Location Details

Parking: 200 Branders St., parking for 100 cars and trailers. To get there, take the Maury St. exit off I-95 and turn right, follow the road to the end of Brander St.

Boat ramp: yes

Bathroom: Port-a-Potty

Wheelchair accessible

Hours: Sunrise to sunset

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