Nestled between three major roads in Richmond, Virginia, is the city’s hidden gem: Larus Park. Covering 106 acres of wooded area, the park offers a network of single-track trails that will satisfy any biker or runner looking to get in a quick 3-4 mile workout. Paths that shoot off in different directions beg to be followed, and the park is an urban explorer’s dream.
Although it is surrounded by urban hustle and bustle, you will hardly notice it once you are inside the park. The park is quite still and serene, providing a peaceful respite from the noise of the city.
Larus Park has four trails, not including connector trails, with each trail marked by a different color. The trails are not named but are simply referred to by their colors: red, yellow, blue, and green. The red trail is the longest at 1.08 miles, while the green trail is the shortest at just 0.6 miles. The park’s trails are mostly dirt trails and are easy to hike, making them perfect for families and beginner hikers.
Despite the frequent color-coded trail markers, it can still get a bit confusing to follow the path you want through this urban wooded wonderland. Therefore, it is recommended to snap a photo of the Larus Park trail map at the entrance before starting your hike.
The main entrance to the park is located at 8850 West Huguenot Road, but parking is limited. There is also a smaller parking area and lesser-known trailhead located at Old Holly Road and Beechmont Road. There is street parking available as the Stony Point entrance is in a new neighborhood of single-family homes.
The park’s trailhead is marked by a wooden sign, and the trail system has a lollipop loop trail type with an elevation gain of 266 feet. The hike takes around 1.5-2 hours to complete and is dog-friendly, and the best part is that there is no fee.
There are a handful of wooden benches and footbridges along this hike, making it a fun and interesting hike, especially for little ones. Despite the 2.7-mile lollipop hike being the recommended route, you can create a 4.5-mile loop by connecting the yellow and green trails, and the blue trail at the eastern end of the park.
If you’re looking for a hidden forested hike to love in Richmond, Virginia, make sure to check out Larus Park. It’s an excellent way to get into nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.