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Address: 22nd Street and Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23223
Phone Number: 804-780-5733
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Activities: Kayaking, Swimming
Description: This river running right through downtown Richmond offers sightseeing...
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.
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Great Fishing

Wonderful opportunities for catfish, bass and other types - pan fish, etc. There are numerous boat ramps up and down the James and is also a great place to kayak or canoe. It's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Colonial Heights, Virginia
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Colonial Heights, Virginia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Wonderful opportunities for catfish, bass and other types - pan fish, etc. There are numerous boat ramps up and down the James and is also a great place to kayak or canoe. It's a river worth exploring; but stay away from the plant by Dominion - too much mercury in the fish (or at least don't eat fish from that... More 

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Kayaking on the James is a great pastime during the hot humid Virginia summers. It is relaxing and cooling and the other boaters are very neighborly which makes it even nicer. Of course, that holds true for the still waters, not the whitewater....hardly call that relaxing, but invigorating would be a more appropriate word to describe it. Dogs are out... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

If you want great small mouth bass fishing head towards Cartersville and take a raft or canoe trip toward Richmond. Want a place to splash with your dog, try the Pony Pasture. Want class 4 rapids head down around Brown's island. Want a nice hike, there are trails on most parts of the river

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Running hate trails around the James is such an awe inspiring event. I love how the trails intertwine with historical sites that formed our nation. Not only can you run these trails you can explore them by bike or canoe.

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Tampa, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Flowing through the heart of the city there is always something to do on the James River. I have been going here all of my life. It is spectacular!!!

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Fergus, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

There's not much to this place, but it is beautiful, and just a great place to walk or to fish.There isn't really much in the way of facilities, no place to get food or bathrooms but its just a really nice natural place, a park.

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Grottoes, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The reconstruction for a great distance along the James and the Canal makes this walks along the banks unique.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Richmond is blessed with/by the James, and not only because it means there is one place The Man can't build some Tower to Commerce on. It's like fresh air into the lungs. Downtown Richmond is struggling (to put it mildly), and it's sad to see all the money going down along the river, but at least it's tax base that... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Whether you drive the road on the north or south side of the river between Richmond and Williamsburg and Jamestown you will be treated with more history than you can imagine. The historic plantations and the views of the river are great. Some of the plantations are still owned by members of the original families. When you connect the owner... More 

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Richmond
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Sections of the James River is so cool. The Buttermilk trail makes you feel like your in the mountains. The trail could take some time to do. Beware of the bikers. The rocks are neat to jump when water is low. Watch for snakes. Beaware of your surroundings. Use life Jackets on River. Under tow and currents are dangerous. Follow... More 

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