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“Wealthy Island of history”
Review of James River

James River
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US$60.00*
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Lower James Rafting in Richmond VA
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US$34.00*
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Ranked #13 of 176 things to do in Richmond
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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.
Reviewed 21 October 2013 via mobile

The journey across the rapids along a bridge that is strapped to a major roadway is just part of the adventure. Now if crossing a bridge over the rapids isn't your cup of tea, no worries the City of Richmond has you covered. The James River park system along Riverside Road takes you to the same sights. What to see? If history is your vice there is plenty to see: old mill, previous slave quarters, and jail system. The island also was an iron mill and use to have a horse race track way back in the day. Now if nature is more to your liking there are bald eagles and their nest, plenty of walking paths, hills with views of the waterway, and large rocks (pending no floods) which allow you to sun bath or have a picnic. Two suggestions, the park is limited on refreshments so bring water and I strongly suggest leaving a few hours prior to dark.

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

It's a very nice walk along here,lovely park area and you can walk along old railway bridge dating back to the Civil War. Outstanding views.

Thank kelse1990
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

I had the wonderful opportunity to live with a family who lived on the James in Charles City. It is surely a beautiful place. At Christmas time the boats have a parade up and down the river and I highly recommend this delightful event~

Thank VondaFlaglerBeach
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

If you enjoy being in or on the water the James River is for you. It's called America’s River for a reason. If you enjoy floating, fishing, white water rafting, camping, and hunting then go no further. The James has multiple put ins. Most everyone that enjoys the river is very friendly so ask them where they put in and take out. Be careful and make sure you research the river before you go out. It seems pretty calm all year but when it rages it’s extremely dangerous. Don’t let this scare you there are lots of beginner runs as well as big groups that may allow you tag along. Make sure you take a buddy and a life jacket regardless. I've floated from Lynchburg, VA to Watkins Landing with ease. The City is where you need to do the most homework. They have great waterproof maps of the James at most outdoor companies in Richmond. Have fun and be safe.

Thank jhw1013
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

I loved the river walk, visiting all the historical markers, soaking in the scenery and just enjoying the nature right there in the city!

1  Thank Linda B
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