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James River

22nd Street and Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23223
804-780-5733
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Ranked #19 of 102 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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Richmond, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The James River has something for everyone. Miles of trails, bike paths, islands, rocks to walk to the middle, whitewater for kayaks......We like to hike on Belle Isle from the Shockoe area, walking around Brown's Island is also a favorite.

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Somerset, New Jersey
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81 reviews 81 reviews
20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is a lovely river to take a stroll, sit with your thoughts, or watch people kayaking. There is a walking path with historical information about Richmond's slave trade that is interesting. The James is a peaceful place to enjoy while in Richmond.

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VA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
32 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is a nice scenic place to visit. The river is beautiful and there are places where you can rent boats. Just be careful if you are walking along the edge or you might just fall in like our 7 yr old daughter!

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Colonial Heights, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

For me, the James has been a place to skip school in my youth, to fish, play and take the kids later in life, and always a place to be alone with my thoughts. There are so many things to do! There are several parks with hiking trails, and access to the rocks for swimming or sunning. No shortage of... More

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Carlingford, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

if you don't want to get jnto water activities the path along the James River is beautiful, combine it with the canal boat ride and you will learn so much about the history of the river and it's importance to Richmons and Virginia.

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Alexandria, VA
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525 reviews 525 reviews
223 attraction reviews
329 helpful votes 329 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The historic James River is a nice attraction in Richmond. We enjoyed walks along the river! I cannot improve on the description in the James River Park system. "James River Park System... opportunities abound for strolling, whitewater rafting, paddling, fishing, tubing, hiking, mountain biking, trail-running, swimming, sunbathing, bird-watching, picnicking, rock climbing, rock-hopping, dog-walking, nature study, photography, even recreational tree climbing,... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

To get to Belle Isle, you have hike across a suspension bridge, which is situated above the James River, but below a highway. It's a little nerve-wracking, but adventurous at the same time. Once on the island, there are hiking trails, historical markers, dirt bike paths, an abandoned hydro-electric power plant, and easy access to rocks on the river. It's... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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69 reviews 69 reviews
29 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Be sure to take the walking bridge over the James River to Belle Isle. You can also takes bikes across. There are paths all along the river, both through Richmond and Belle Isle.

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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153 reviews 153 reviews
63 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A impressive fast flowing river, with rocks opposite Richmond that make passing it with a ship impossible, so George Washungton designed a canal system to bye pass the city and link the the river to another river, the Kanawaha, which was a key development for the City's trade. Sadly the canal is out of action due to la k of... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

What an amazing place to spend a couple of hours or the entire day! From the canals designed by George Washington to the historic remnants of Belle Isle, this area is a great tourist destination. It is also a huge hit with locals. There is some unbelievable mountain bike trails, climbing routes, jogging trails, a pump track and many places... More

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