We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

James River

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 22nd Street and Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23223
Phone Number: 804-780-5733
Improve this listing

This river running right through downtown Richmond offers sightseeing rides...

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 243 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 147
  • 75
    Very good
  • 13
  • 5
  • 3
Fantastic Day

It was a very relaxing day walking the James... Spent hours walking around the river and canals. It's a must do if in Richmond. Park near the tredager iron works

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Timothy f
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

243 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Level Contributor
42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a very relaxing day walking the James... Spent hours walking around the river and canals. It's a must do if in Richmond. Park near the tredager iron works

Thank Timothy f
Northfield, Minnesota
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

if you are near the Tredegar Iron Works or the canal walk, stop by belle isle. bring water and good shoes.

Thank michael h
Hanalei, Hawaii, United States
Level Contributor
40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Been enjoying the James River since I was a kid. No matter if it's swimming in the currents, kayaking the Rapids, climbing the bridge tresses, or findings a private spot to hideout! It's always a good time!

Thank Odie O
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

This is a jogging/biking trail. We reached here at dusk and found nothing to do, The canal/river view is blocked by dense tall bushes. Very little public parking.

Thank Vijay K
Manassas, Virginia
Level Contributor
223 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

This was a very nice hike right in the middle of Richmond. It gives you some nice views of the river as well as lots of history along the way. A couple of areas are not marked well but we had a hiking summary from a different website or we may have taken a wrong turn under the railroad tracks... More 

Thank Yorkiemom19
Level Contributor
194 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

My family and I visited part of the James River park, especially Belle Isle, recently, and we really loved it. It happened to be an unseasonably warm November day, and we were not the only ones at the park. It was difficult to find a parking space, but eventually we did and continued with our adventure. We crossed over a... More 

Thank NationsMan
Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

We visited Richmond and walked along the James in the afternoon. It was a great walk and there are several informative signs along the walk.

Thank gatorhoosier
West Orange, New Jersey
Level Contributor
19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Nice Walking Trails and Views. Easily accessible from any area. Great biking spot and nice views of the river and downstream.

Thank EdnaBW
Roanoke, United States
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Awesome way to spend a lunchbreak, or any spare hour you might have to escape from the office. Whether you keep to the official RiverWalk area or head done to some of the narrow pathways leading onto the sandbars......Great escape from CRT's, traffic and hustle-bustle. Often lots of wildlife to view; caution after dark/dusk

Thank Robin H
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
306 reviews
162 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Hiking along the James is full of surprises and easy to access walks along and into the river itself along rocky out crops. To do it right befriend a local who is familiar with the terrain. Very hilly and slippery in spots. Views are great.

Thank Marvin G

Travelers who viewed James River also viewed


Been to James River? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of James River and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from James River staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?