I am always looking for places to take my dogs. This will be a place for me to post my discoveries of pet friendly places in Hampton Roads, VA--parks, restaurants, and whatever else we find.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
James River Floodwall Park, Richmond, VA
This morning we joined our hound walking group, Around Town Hounds, for a walk along the James River Floodwall. We met by the Suntrust Building between 10th and 12th Streets--I believe this is the eastern portion of the floodwall. We walked under a highway bridge to get to the floodwall walk.
Soon we came to a great view of the Richmond skyline.
And the rapids of the James River.
The sign explains all the wildlife you can see. We saw lots of cormorants and blue heron. This floodwall is one of the largest flood-protection systems in the nation and it
opened miles of the James River to public access, with river walks,
trails and scenic overlooks. The total length of the Floodwall is 3.2
miles of concrete, steel, earth and rock, with 1.2 miles on the north
shore of the James River and 2 miles on the south bank.
This is a pretty easy walk. The path is gravel. Our group walked for about a mile or so. Jade came along with us and took care of PG.
After walking along the floodwall, the group played like Jack and Jill--went up the hill to see the scenic overlook!
This is everyone at the overlook. There are lots of paths down to the river from this point--but all too steep for greyhounds to traverse!
The whole gang at the halfway point!
After the walk, Jade and I took the dogs to Ellwood Thompson Market and Cafe at 4 N. Thompson Street in Richmond's Carytown for lunch. Dogs are welcome on the patio. They have a hot bar, sandwiches, bakery items, and a coffee and juice bar.