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Hike with a View
Unique views the James River, the city skyline and historic sites can be seen from atop the Floodwall. Completed in 1995 to protect areas of downtown and Manchester from devastating flooding, the south bank section comprises Floodwall Park, a popular spot for hikers, runners, fishermen, bird watchers and kayakers.
Due to its narrow dimensions, the Floodwall is almost always experienced as a journey. If you start the walk from the west, the walkway quickly leads to the Manchester Overlook, featuring one of the city’s more flattering angles: downtown buildings with picturesque rapids underneath. The trail continues past the Manchester Climbing Walls then rises above the CSX Viaduct and dips down to ground level behind the floodwall, meandering along a canal until a final lookout point at the 14th Street Bridge in the shadow of the Southern States building. The trail can connect with the Richmond Slave Trail, the Canal Walk, the Robert E. Lee Bridge or the Belle Isle Pedestrian Bridge to form a circuit.
Other South of the River Locations
Parking: Parking area is at the south end of the 14th Street (Mayo) Bridge, 15 parking spaces in lot off Hull St.
Wheelchair accessible: on the southside
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
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