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“Um. . . it's a river”
Review of James River

James River
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US$60.00*
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Lower James Rafting in Richmond VA
Ranked #14 of 179 things to do in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
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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 28 June 2014

Pretty much like rivers all over the country and the world. . .and definitely competitive in the polluted category (water is chronically brown) . . . price is right (FREE). Definitely wouldn't swim here or consume anything I caught from it.

Thank Dona B
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

I've been going to the James River much of my life, but Richmond has really focused on the river and we enjoy the festivals and hiking trails regularly nowadays. We really enjoy hiking from Maymont Park across the old Nickel Bridge, which was then the dime bridge and I don't know what it is called today. Anyhow, we walk across the bridge, which has a pedestrian sidewalk that has fences to protect you from the traffic and from falling overboard into the river. At the other side of the river, we catch he Buttermilk trail and stroll along the path until we reach the tower that you use to get down to the riverside. We like to rock hop when the river is low and we swim amongst the rocks and hop when the river is at normal levels. Don't try rock hopping if the river is in flood stage. Lot's of people do that and end up needing to be rescued, or worse.

The festivals at Tredegar Iron Works on Brown's Island/Belle Island are lots off fun too.

This place helps my daughters (15 and 12) learn that you can have lots of fun and not have to spend money to have fun.

2  Thank Rivahrapp
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Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

First time paddle boarding on a beautiful Saturday morning on the James. Our guides Ben and Brian with riverside outfitters made it epic!

1  Thank mgt107
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Very scenic....took the kids to Pony Pasture...had a blast walking the trails and jumping from rock to rock. (got our feet wet also)

2  Thank STGVirginia
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Read about the Bolona arsenal on U Tube and then find a rare
Civil war flask and cannon on the James River situated near where a team of young divers researched and found it in the mighty and muddy James.

2  Thank bonvoyage30
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