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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.