You've heard about the newly marked Richmond Liberty Trail, right? What do you say we walk it today, just you and me? Come on!
The Richmond Liberty Trail is not a true trail, but an urban walk along city streets and, for a little bit, canals. It is a 6.2 mile walk according to the official information, but as we will learn later from my very accurate GPS, we'll end up walking nearly 7.5 miles. We'll see lots of Richmond's historic sites and neighborhoods along the way. Part of the Liberty Trail joins the Richmond Slave Trail, which is described here in my walk of about a year ago. Some of my other blog posts that either intersect the Liberty Trail or can be reached from it are these: Black History Walk, the James River, walking to Great Shiplock Park, viewing the great blue heron rookery, hiking around Belle Island, Give me Liberty or Give me a Hike, historic Tredegar Iron Works, and hiking the Buttermilk Springs Trail. So you can see that there are a lot of nice walks in Virginia's capital city that are in or connect to the downtown.
You won't need hiking boots, just a good pair of shoes for our hike. The weather looks very warm and potentially stormy today, so bring a good hat - we'll need to stay alert. Oh, and pack some water and a lunch. Ready? Let's go!
We park along 5th Street near Tredegar, marked on the map by the purple arrow in the lower left of the photo, and start heading up the steep hill, walking the route more or less in a clockwise. It's already very windy, and you laugh as my hat nearly blows off!
until I found that I do like much of it.
We head along the route towards the State Capital. The first thing we see there is the wonderful Virginia Civil Rights Monument, which commemorates the end of "separate but equal" and full civil rights for all, regardless of race.
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