3,073 ft
132 ft
-89 ft
Avg time

North Bank Details

  • Riding Area
    James River Park System
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    Year Round
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Jump, Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #35452 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

Fast, flowing singletrack with some steep climbs and fast descents. North Bank has good “flow” and is very fast. Be careful of oncoming mountain bikers and pedestrians. Great panoramas of the James River that not many people are able to view are accessible from many areas of North Bank Trail. The trail runs from the Boulevard Bridge to Tredegar Iron Works.

Access Info

This bit of trail connects the Belle Isle and Pump House parking lots for the James River park system.

Heading east from the Pump House parking lot, enter the trail next to kiosk. From there continue under the Boulevard bridge, and to a creek crossing. Cross the creek and continue along a chain link fence until you emerge on a dirt road. Take the dirt road to a wooden ramp (arguably the most difficult climb in the park system).

At the top of the ramp you'll have to take the road for 3 blocks to a right turn at a stop sign (follow signs for "Northbank Trail"). Continue 1 more block to a parking lot entrance and from here take the trail that continues straight making a right bend after the small wooden bridge creek crossing.

From here no more directions should be needed except for a section split for foot versus bike traffic (just follow the signs).

The last section of trail is on a dirt road at the bottom of a grass hill. Look for a right across a foot/access bridge down to the Belle Isle parking lot.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for North Bank bike trail
  • Altitude change
    43 ft
  • Altitude min
    78 ft
  • Altitude max
    191 ft
  • Altitude start
    126 ft
  • Altitude end
    169 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    950 ft
  • Distance down
    1,793 ft
  • Distance flat
    330 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Mar 30, 2018
Avg: 3 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.

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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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      North Bank Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 151 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      • 548 rides


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      North Bank Crash
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