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Address: 22nd Street and Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23223
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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.

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James River is a beautiful place to visit in Richmind. It's a good place to walk and do a lot of things. It's possible do so many sports there. Along the river there is a canal... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 13, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

James River is a beautiful place to visit in Richmind. It's a good place to walk and do a lot of things. It's possible do so many sports there. Along the river there is a canal and we can walk along that. At sunset the view is amazing.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

On a recent business trip another walker/jogger friend and I took the hotel shuttle down to the riverside park and we enjoyed every minute of the pathways and bridges. We crossed over the James River to Belle Isle and walked around several trails. Another beautiful spot to walk!

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Bon Air, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Not many places in the world where you can be in a city and have whitewater Rapids rolling thru town in view of the skyscrapers. The conditions and waves change as often as the weather. What a wonderful place to paddle year round. Great paddling community of different watercraft and abilities. Bring it on!

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Take a leisurely stroll along the historic James River. Stop to read signs and markers or just enjoy the scenery. Photo opportunities abound.

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Midlothian, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

You can't spend time in Richmond without being near it, on it, or in it. Park near Tredegar, cross the bridge to Belle Isle, and watch kayaks and rafts passing by. Go back west to Pony Pasture where the river starts to transition from wide and slow to rocks and rapids, or travel south and east to Hopewell or Jamestown... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Belle Isle is probably the most popular James River destination in Richmond because it is easy to get to since there is a pedestrian bridge that takes you right over. Once on Belle Isle, the atmosphere changes (in a good way) because you see so many different types of people and that is what makes it so truly special. People... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

I fish on the James frequently. I love it! There is so much variety in structure and fish species. Wouldn't recommend eating too many of the fish you catch.

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Cos Cob, Connecticut, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

We were looking for some relief from the 90 plus degree August heat so we went over the pedestrian bridge to Belle Island to find a spot to swim. However, the water was so warm, and the river so shallow in most spots, there was not really a place to cool off. It was fun, but not very refreshing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

At the west end of the Canal Walk is the US-1 bridge over the James River. The bridge itself is interesting but the "cat walk" below it is very neat. It is a well used walking bridge to Belle Island. It is not for the squeamish though. You can hear the traffic rumble above you and the bridge can shake... More 

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Zellwood, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

Mid-Way across the James River the suspension bridge swayed and my stomach flip flopped, I considered turning back but I was half-way across. Emerging at Belle Isle, the former prisoner of war camp during the Civil war, was a contrast in terrain from the sleek bridge. Historically if it hadn't been for the signs it would seem like a place... More 

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