Blackwater Creek Trail

The scenic Blackwater Creek Trails features eight miles of paved and earthen-packed trails following the creek through the city. Follow the beautiful hiking, biking, and running trails to witness the beauty of nature unfold slowly. Segments of the trail include a picturesque waterfall, an abandoned railroad tunnel, a bridge over the James River, and breathtaking scenery. Within the 300-acres of forested Blackwater Creek Natural Area, the 155-acre Ruskin Freer Nature Preserve is a must-see plant and animal sanctuary. 


Parking Hours
Saturday and Sunday: From sunrise until sunset
Monday to Friday: 7.30 AM - 9.00 AM, 2.30 PM - 4.00 PM.
Free of Charge


  • Hiking, Biking, and Jogging
  • Bird Watching
  • Visiting The Awareness Garden


  • Blackwater Creek Trail
  • Kemper Station Trail
  • Point of Honor Trail
  • Riverwalk
  • Connector Trails
  • Creekside Trails
  • Beaver Trail
  • Freer Loop Trail