Forest Hill Park

Photo Credit: Chris Johnson

Forest Hill Park has something for nearly every shade of outdoors lover. Its 105 acres boast a wide variety of habitats, from open fields to forested ravines to wetlands. Reedy Creek and many smaller streams feed a lake filled with sunfish and bass, a lake that, until a couple of years ago, was a thick marsh.

The city dredged the lake, put a bridge over Reedy Creek and refurbished many of the park structures — fire pits, park benches, light poles — restoring it to its 1920’s-era glory when the park served as an amusement park.

Forest Hill Park boasts 3.1 miles of singletrack, open to hikers, bikers, birdwatchers, dog walkers and anyone who wants the feeling of experiencing wilderness so close to a city. On the park’s north side, where Reedy Creek flows under Riverside drive, users can easily access the James River Park. In fact, the river itself is just 100 yards away!

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Richmond Parks & Rec (804) 646-5733; Reserve a shelter in Forest Hill Park: (804) 646-0761