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James River

22nd Street and Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23223
+1 804-780-5733
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This river running right through downtown Richmond offers sightseeing rides on an antique paddlewheel steamer or on a raft with a trained guide, as well as wading, fishing, rafting, kayaking or simply relaxing on the river banks and gazing out at the city.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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22nd Street and Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23223
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+1 804-780-5733
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"belle isle"
in 42 reviews
"pedestrian bridge"
in 15 reviews
"texas beach"
in 4 reviews
"white water rafting"
in 8 reviews
"rock climbing"
in 5 reviews
"nice walk"
in 7 reviews
"tredegar iron works"
in 9 reviews
"both sides"
in 4 reviews
"civil war"
in 14 reviews
"lots of history"
in 4 reviews
"rapids"
in 47 reviews
"fishing"
in 25 reviews
"trails"
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"pony"
in 18 reviews
"pasture"
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"rocks"
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"pipeline"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Went to Richmond to pick up some things Ihad ordered. Decided to take some photographs down by the river on a clear Friday afternoon. Two guys busted my front window and stole my large purse and put it inside my black umbrella. As I was...More

Thank travelqueen03
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love the James River it is the best planned recreation area especially pony pasture. Parking a plenty beautiful walking trails well marked. Dogs welcome on a leash. We frequently go for a walk by the James. Great photo ops as well and if you...More

Thank Suzanne L
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Reviewed 23 December 2017

I was truly mesmerized by the beauty of James river and great views of the city from the river banks. We hiked in the area, crossed the bridge to Belle Island, walked the trails including along the river itself. The water level was low but...More

Thank podrozniczka60
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

The James River meanders thru the heart of Richmond and the city has done a good job bringing people down to it. First of all, there's the Canal Walk in the downtown area which is a body of water running parallel with the river, but...More

Thank rduinc
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

Wander, walk, explore along the James River. The waterside path is worth several hours of your time. Bring lunch and a water bottle. Even though you are next to the river it is best not to drink the water. Enjoy the walk.

Thank Cavydad
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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

We did a great 7 mile hike across the James starting at Reedy access point. We followed the Buttermilk trail to the North Bank to Belle Island. I was worried about not having a good trail map but the trails were well marked with frequent...More

Thank Cindy M
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Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

River is worth checking out. Great place for a walk/run or bike. Great place for photos. Parking is free. Has a great view of the city.

Thank Tterb83
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

There is a waterfront area that follows the river and has restaurants and a nice walk along. From the bridge there is a nice photograph. There are places where you can rent boats. People fish. the various colleges also rqace on the river.there .

Thank Chinapjs
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

The river flowing over the rocks, the adventurist can kayak and raft down river, grad a sandwich and sit on a bench or if the weather is cool or wet plenty of views from restaurants with adult beverages a hotel with a view or roof...More

Thank richlee1975
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Great walk out on the James. We took the pedestrian bridge across the James river on Columbus Day when most in Richmond had work and school. We enjoyed the flowing water and abundant birds. Very fun experience and enjoyed the contrast between big city and...More

Thank LivingInWien
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Pony Pasture 7310 Riverside Dr. Richmond VA 23225 This is a popular swimming and sunbathing area. It also provides access for Class II whitewater boating and good fishing for smallmouth bass. River features include multiple... More
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