Slave Trail to the Pirate Trails - James River Park System
Slave Trail to the Pirate Trails is a beginner's favorite as its terrain is easier than that of other trails of the James River Park System. This trail shapes as a lollipop and connects Richmond Slave and Ancarrow’s East by using Ancarrow’s Connector Trail. While Richmond Slave Trail is nothing but flat and smooth terrain, Ancarrow’s East has features that are a little bit trickier.
The terrain of Richmond Slave and Ancarrow’s Connector is pretty smooth, which is nice for a warm-up. When you reach the “lollipop” (also the Ancarrow’s East Trail), the terrain is rougher with some small ups and downs. You'll find there are also occasional root and rock gardens, but this winding section has nothing out of reach of beginners.
The trailhead can be accessed from Hull Street. There are several parking lots along Hull Street. The parking area that is nearest to the trailhead is Floodwall Park’s.
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From the "Mayo Bridge" on 14th street, find a paved path on the upstream side of the south end of the bridge. Follow this to a road that also crosses the flood wall. Turn left and continue to ride under the I-95 bridge. As you pass under the bridge, look for a trail on the right. This is the start of the lollipop. Follow this road until you get to the entrance of Ancarrow's Landing. Cross the road and follow the singletrack to the trailhead that splits here.
You'll need to know the date so that you can follow the single direction trail.
Some small sections may be wet and muddy after heavy rains. If you find mud sticks to your tires, please hit the road and wait for the trail to dry. However, it’s better to check the weather in advance before heading to the trail.
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105 m / 343 ft
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