Belle Isle State Park


Cheryl Lockett-Oliver, 30-something wife, mom and Richmond, Virginia resident of 20 years shares with Outdoor Afro some shots of her and her school age sons hanging out recently on Belle Isle,  a small island and Virginia State Park in the James River once used in the past as a prison for union soldiers during the Civil War. Now it’s a popular destination because of the breathtaking views of the adjacent city and skyline.

Cheryl says, “There are several bike trails around the island so you always see people out there biking, running, walking or skipping rocks like we did. I have seen people out there kayaking and I think they even do some rock climbing there.”

Typically, Cheryl enjoys running and biking with the family. She says, “We try to get outside as much as possible, and expand our horizons. We want to go camping, but have not gotten there yet!”

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