Friday, August 9, 2013

FitDog Friday - Great Places to Walk In Richmond, VA: the Floodwall

It's Fit Dog Friday!  

Fit Dog Friday is a blog hop hosted by my friends SlimDoggyPeggy's Pet Place, and To Dog With Love. Check out our hosts and the other bloggers in the hop (see below) for ideas, tips and inspiration for getting and keeping your pups fit and healthy.

Today's Great Places to Walk post features one of our favorite local trails, the Manchester Floodwall Walk.  This is one of the most scenic hikes in Richmond, featuring awesome views of the James River and city skyline.  The heron rookery is nearby, so you can often see a bunch of great blue herons fishing on the rocks.  From March 15 to October 15, there are ospreys fishing and flying overhead.    

The trail goes under the Manchester Bridge

The floodwall walk is wide and level, and is an easy ~3 mile walk if you do the whole thing.  Although there are no hills, there is a tall flight of stairs about halfway down the wall.  

To get there: The floodwall parking lot is off of Semmes Avenue just before the entrance to the Manchester Bridge going North, but we prefer to park on the street behind the Suntrust buildings (take 12th Street off of Semmes to get there).  From there, just follow the sidewalk to the footbridge over the railroad tracks, then take a left on the trail after the bridge.  (If, instead of taking the left down the trail, you follow the trail straight for a short distance, there's a great view of the city from the top of Manchester Wall.)  You can also park in the parking lot off of 14th Street just south of the 14th Street bridge, but that puts you kind of in the middle of the floodwall walk.

I love hiking the Floodwall!

Don't forget - today is the last day to enter my BarkWorld Ticket Giveaway!  Winners of the BarkWorld ticket will be announced tomorrow!

I've got more fun giveaways coming up!  

On Monday, I'll be giving away A YEAR'S SUPPLY of Doggie Walk Bags Dogbags for Scoop That Poop Day, so definitely stop by on Monday!


  1. Garth- you always know where to go to make your walks interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    We will see you at BarkWorld. We are presenting and our topic is 'My Dog Ate What" where we will discuss how to estimate how much to feed a dog and describe how to make sense of the ingredient label. See you there!


  2. Such a pretty walk! We wish we could join you.


  3. Looks a bit industrial - not quite the trees, grass and lovely places we like to go but on the other paw - we bet the smells were pawsome

  4. Great destination Garth. Ospreys are very rare over here. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. Wow, that is a beautiful walk buddy. Momma got a little excited about your giveaway. Like I poop too much or something.

  6. You sure have some grreat walks near you!

  7. Reading about your great walks Garth always make me wish we could come visit you in Richmond and join you on one of your Adventure Walks

  8. What a great adventure Garth!! You always finds the bestest places!
    Ruby ♥

  9. Oh my word, beautiful walk
    Benny & Lily

  10. What a great place to take a nice walky.

    Loveys Sasha

  11. Scary! At first we thought it was Minneapolis! It looks an awful lot like walking along the river in Minneapolis. This gave Mom the idea that we need to paw pad it in the city again one of these days...well, not in the city, along the river!