Belle Isle has a varied and somewhat rough history but today, it serves as a sanctuary to get away from the noise of the city.
See more photos from Arlington Kids trip to Belle Isle here.
Belle Isle was formally made into a park in 1973. Belle Isle offers Richmonder’s the opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat, at a location only a few minutes from the heart of the city. Songbirds, ducks, wild coons and blue herons are a common sight. Squirrels, small amphibians and reptiles also inhabit the island.
Belle Isle is a great place for people with a love for the outdoors. Popular activities of adults and youths alike include walking the trails, swimming in the James River, rock jumping, sunbathing, birdwatching, kayaking in the James, and boulder-top picnicking only feet away from fierce rapids. The island also offers many old and ruined buildings, among other run-down sites along the trails.
Because it contains many trees and is remote from constant human presence, the island is home to some animal wildlife, an uncommon presence within the city’s borders. (via Wikipedia)