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James River

22nd Street and Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23223
804-780-5733
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Ranked #12 of 97 attractions in Richmond
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Kayaking, Swimming
Owner description: This river running right through downtown Richmond offers sightseeing rides on an antique paddlewheel steamer or on a raft with a trained guide, as... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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English first
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

There are some walking trails, parking may be difficult. There is some wild life. Don't plan to go in the water. It can be dangerous. It often requires a life jacket. Lots of rocky areas.

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Richmond, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We can walk to the Wetlands and Pony Pasture sections of the James River. Nice walking paths. Great views of the rapids and watching people climb onto the huge rocks. You can watch kyackers navigate around the rocks. The Wetlands offer the opportunity to watch birds. The other sections of the James offer a view from the pedestrain bridge that... More

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Has to be seen, the history is amazing and the views are lovely there was not much to do in the area so this was a high light !

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Richmond, Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Richmond is not a large city, but it is a city with high rise buildings, concrete, and plenty of people. My tour with captain Mike took me outside of the chaos of humanity. We visited the territories of (5) different eagle couples. They seemed remote and the river was serene even with the hustle and bustle of people just a... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We took a walk around the river and we also took lots of beautiful pictures here! It is a nice place to walk around or walk your dog! I bet spring and summer time looks different from winter! I'd love to visit James river in different seasons!

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Richmond, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Okay, most cities have rivers near or through them. What makes the James in Richmond unique is that Richmond is at the fall line of the James, with Class V rapids right in downtown, something no other city has. Parks, canal walk and bridges offer accessible views.

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Richmond, Virginia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

There is a fabulous, one of a kind blue heron rookery on the James River. What makes it unique is it is just a block or two from the downtown area. It is not the easiest of treks to get to, you must go down a strange ladder to get to the pipeline walkway. But in the early spring you... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Lots of walking trails. Paths are well marked. Spent some time last summer lounging on the huge river rocks and playing in the surrounding water (not more than waist deep). Plan on spending more time there this year...reviews to follow.

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

The bass fishing has been lackluster for the last couple of years. Not much into cat fishing, which is great here, but it's still a beautiful place to relax and enjoy boating.

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New York City, New York
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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

I visited James River with a couple of my friends last week thinking that there would be some activities for us to do - hiking, fishing, etc - but it turned out that this park wasn't so suitable for those activities. The scenery was nice, but there was absolutely nothing to do. My friends and I looked inside an old... More

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