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

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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98 reviews 98 reviews
22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Richmond, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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