Originally Posted by higworld
John ... Closer to home is the James River Park System. (Closer to my home, at least), The Buttermilk and Northbank trails form a loop around the James, bracketed on one end by Belle Isle and the other by the Nickel Bridge. Really good long hike. Not too technical and the elevation changes are very minor. But it's definitely single track and you won't believe you're in the middle of urban Richmond...
+1 on Buttermilk, cool trail and you would think you were in the middle of bf-egypt for most of it, not a mile from downtown RVA.
That's a good loop for mountain bikes too. for mountain biking I'd call it somewhat technical, sections anyway. I can't ride all of it.