Last Updated: 2009-12-06

4021 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA

This park, which was in succession once a quarry, an estate and then an amusement park, is listed in Virginia's Historic Register, and a booklet on the park's history can be purchased from the Friends of Forest Hill Park, a group that also offers volunteer activities in the park.

The park consists of the historic Stone House, once the park manager's home that can now be rented for small meetings or events, a lake, which has been restored in recent years, tennis courts, picnic shelters, a children's playground, and many paths and trails are popular for walking and jogging. A partial wetland, much wildlife can be viewed in the park, and there are also sloping hills for passive recreation. It is well known as a popular sledding site anytime it snows in Richmond, and during the summer months Sunday concerts are hosted in the park.

In recent years, the park has been home to the South of the James Market, a farmer's market held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., typically from May through November or sometimes into December.

The park is open from sunrise to sunset.

Park Rules

  • Park hours are from sunrise to sunset
  • Glass is prohibited in city parks
  • No parking on the grass
  • No amplified music without a special permit
  • Dogs are allowed only in the following parks:
    • Barker Field dog park
    • Byrd Park
    • Chimborazoo dog park
    • Forest Hill Park
  • Service dogs are allowed in every park
  • No alcoholic beverages are allowed in city parks
  • No open fires are allowed outside of park fireplaces and grills
  • No golf or archery is allowed in city parks
  • No tents, stages or other special apparatus is allowed without a permit
  • No cutting of park trees or shrubs in city parks is allowed
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