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Suggested Locations

Places to take pictures in Richmond, Hampton, Smithfield, and the surrounding areas.

Greater Richmond Area

Hopewell City Park

  • 245 Appomattox St, Hopewell, VA 23860
  • Cost: Free

” The park features a … natural sandy beach area, fishing pier, and access to the Hopewell Riverwalk. The park also features beautiful sweeping views of historic City Point and the Appomattox River.”

    White Bank Park

    • 400 White Bank Rd, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    • Cost: Free

    “White Bank Park consists of 22 acres overlooking Swift Creek”

    R. Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks

    • 201 Enon Church Road
      Chester, VA 23836
    • Cost: Free

    This 176-acre park features… a diverse natural area. Access to the lower areas (of the park) is provided by a system of trails including a floating boardwalk through a freshwater tidal marsh.”

    Byrd Park
    • 600 South Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
    • Cost: Free

    “… from Fountain Lake to Shields Lake is filled with sidewalks that crisscross the park and make enjoyable walking, and several open areas…”

    Canal Walk
    • Cost: Free
    • The Canal Walk in Richmond has access points at nearly every block between 5th and 17th Streets. There are handicapped-accessible entrances at 5th, 10th, 12th, 14th, and 16th Streets.
    Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
    • 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23228
    • $150 for 1hr 30mins, $50 for each additional hour.

    “Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers year-round beauty on a historic property with more than 50 acres of spectacular gardens. A restroom can be designated for a dressing area during the reserved photo session time only.”

    Maymont Park
    • 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, VA, 23220
    • TBD

    “Maymont is a 100-acre historic estate and park, located in Richmond, Virginia, with many unique experiences for all to enjoy”

    Hampton Roads Area

    Fort Boykin
    • 7410 Fort Boykin Trail, Smithfield, VA 23430
    • Free

    “Fort Boykin is a small, partly wooded park on a high bluff overlooking the James River.”

    Downtown Smithfield

    • Main Street, Smithfield VA 23430
    • Free

    “Smithfield has a vibrant award-winning historic downtown.There are several antique shops and other unique specialty shops along Main Street.”

    Huntington Park

    • 361 Hornet Circle, Newport News, VA 23607
    • Free

    “This 60-acre park is open sunrise to sunset daily and offers a public beach fronting the James River… the Rose Garden features forty-five varieties.”

    Windsor Castle Park

    • 705 Cedar St, Smithfield, VA 23430
    • $25

    “208 acres of natural beauty nestled along the banks of the Pagan River & Cypress Creek”