If you live in the Richmond area, it is a gorgeous spring day, and you want to take a nice walk - but you don't have time to make it to the mountains - then Maymont is the answer! And that is where I spent part of my afternoon, enjoying every moment of it.
Maymont is a combination park, historical site, botanical garden, nature center, and zoo, all within city limits along the James River. It was the property of the Dooley's many years ago, and upon their deaths, they bequeathed it to the city for use as a public space. I don't know how large it is, but I easily got in about four miles of walking today while I was there.
My walk started and ended here, with a vista of part of Maymont. It is free to the public, but they suggest a donation of five dollars, which seemed like a bargain.
Caledon Natural Area, I saw at least five bald eagles, but none as close as this adult. There is a very nice raptor exhibit here, using birds of prey that were injured and cannot return to the wild.
My afternoon at Maymont was a perfect way to spend an hour or two. My next hike will likely be grander in scope, but not any more beautiful, I suspect.