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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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A must see in Richmond. Swimming, white water rafting, climbing and sunning on the rocks, and festivals, a river channel boat rides. The whole family will love this!!!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A must see in Richmond. Swimming, white water rafting, climbing and sunning on the rocks, and festivals, a river channel boat rides. The whole family will love this!!!!

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colleyville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The trails along the James River are a great place to view the river. There are historic markers and information plaques scattered throughout the walk. It was interesting to watch the kayakers going through rapids and families enjoying the river. There is one place where you can walk on top of a pipeline under the railroad bridge that takes right... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We walked around Belle's island and Brown's island. Easy walk even for our 6yo. Nice access to the river on the rocks. On the city side you can rent kayaks and paddle boards. Some rafting companies also go down the river Rapids.

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Pocasset, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Beautiful. Went to an outdoor concert. Simply fabulous. Beautiful grounds. Really nice place to visit

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Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I was born in Richmond and lived there until 2010 when I moved away at age 26. Of all the things I miss about home, I miss the parks the most--particularly all the parks around the river. The James River Parks system is a real treasure Of all the cities I've visited, only Austin, TX has something comparable in terms... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I loved to nature part of it, and the fact that it is extremely fun, but the temp of the water is okay

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Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Great scenic river with excellent fishing and boating. From the mouth to the fall line is approximately 100 miles long and is very boater friendly with plenty of stops on the way.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We walked along the Canal Walk and it has a lot of Civil War history pointed out along the way. A very impressive boardwalk over the James River gives you a time line of the fall of Richmond. Excellent!

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Colonial Heights, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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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