Richmond's Canal Walk

Historical Significance

Richmond's Canal Walk chronicles nearly 400 years of Richmond's history. Exhibits and signage mark this 1.25 mile trail through history. The Canal itself has been restored and features charter cruises. Several of the exhibits along the Canal Walk chronicle the involvement of African Americans in the building and operation of the Canal as well as in the Civil War.

Physical Description

Richmond's Canal Walk is a 1.25 mile paved corridor which circles the restored Harold and James River and Kanawha Canals. The Canal Walk runs alongside the James River and is both a site of natural beauty and an historic resource.

Geographical and Contact Information

14th and Dock Streets
Richmond, Virginia
Phone: 804-648-6549/804-788-6466
Fax: 804-644-4649

Cite this Page:

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “Richmond's Canal Walk,” African American Historic Sites Database, accessed June 18, 2019,

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