The Canal Walk

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The Canal Walk

The Canal Walk on Richmond’s riverfront is one of the top spots to check out while visiting Richmond. Stretching 1.25 miles along James River canal and the Kanawha and Haxall Canals, it can be accessed at nearly every block between 5th and 17th streets. The city's history can be found all around the Canal Walk, from its cobblestone streets to its venerable buildings and exhibits to the Civil War Center and the Richmond Slave Trail—a walking trail with historic markers that tells the story of enslaved Africans. Visitors can buy fresh produce at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market, one of America’s oldest public markets. They can also visit the Poe Museum to see how the writer Edgar Allen Poe spent his time in Richmond. Other points of interest include the Virginia Holocaust Museum, Kanawha Canal, and the Civil War Visitor Center at Historic Tredegar Iron Works.

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Visitors can also take advantage of the various trails and parks in the area. Explore meadows and forests, wildlife preserves and flourishing landscapes. The James River’s naturally flowing rapids and rocks provide glorious natural beauty. No matter what you're looking for, you'll find a hiking trail that is perfect for you among the 550 acres of shoreline and islands in the river city. Richmond's Riverfront is a great place to snap some memorable photos while you enjoy nature, restaurants, renovated buildings, and a roaring river right in the heart of the city.

Prefer to cruise the canal? Take a 40-minute boat tour from April to November.
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