Things to Do on The James River in Richmond

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Things to Do on The James River in Richmond

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It is another scorcher today in Richmond Virginia and many will be heading to The James River for some cool relief. If you are new to Richmond, aka the RVA, or just never had the chance to explore all the great adventures The River has to offer, below you will find a small list of things to do on the James River in Richmond:

Swimming in The James River: there is nothing like splashing around in The James River on a hot day! Pony Pastures or the 42nd Street Rocks are just a few great areas for swimming. Be sure to dress appropriately, including wearing aqua socks or a pair of old shoes, and a life jacket is never a bad idea! One is cautioned NOT to swim in the rapids near Belle Island, but you may use the beach on the east end.

Fishing in The James River: If being one with the fish is what you enjoy, it is easy to find a great spot here! Belle Island, Huguenot Flatwater, Pony Pasture, and Riverside Drive below William's Dam are all excellent places to cast off those rods!

Tubing in The James River: go ahead, be a kid again and take your inner tube to Pony Pasture and make your 3 plus mile way to Reedy Creek. Don't have an inner tube? (Either do I!) Reserve one via Riverside Outfitters!

Kayaking on The James River: If you are experienced in this type of fun, then you can set adrift from 1)Ancarrow's Landing/Manchester Docks at the end of Brander Street. Here you may also set off in your motor boat. 2.)Huguenot Flatwater and Pony Pastures provide wooden boat ramps. 3)If you are advanced enough to take on class IV rapids, then you may start off at Reddy Creek.

Ready to take on one of these new adventures but don't have any gear? Contact Riverside Outfitters where you may rent tubes, canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards to face The River prepared!

A little apprehensive about trying something out alone? No worries! Contact River City Rafters to schedule your whitewater adventure with an experienced guide! Or, get in touch with Riverside Outfitters to discover their guided raft tours, kayak adventures, and canoe trips!

Other resources for James River fun:

Richmond Raft Company

Appomattox River Company

Old Dominion Kayaks

Adventure Challenge

Had your fun in the sun and are ready for an adventure in the Richmond Real Estate market? Contact your Richmond Realtor, Shannon Milligan at Home Sweet Henrico with Keller Williams Realty Richmond West, and let's get started!


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Shannon Milligan, Associate Broker/Realtor

RVA Home Team

Winning with Integrity

eXp Realty 

6802 Paragon Place #410, Richmond, VA, 23230

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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Shannon,  The James River in Richmond sounds like a great place to cool off at.  it is so great to see your blogs everyday again.

Jul 19, 2012 12:07 AM #1
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

Will - My husband loves to white water raft...I haven't been brave enough to do it, YET! Thanks, it is good to finally have the time to get back to blogging...and I am enjoying sharing so much of Richmond with those who have never experienced how much we have to offer!

Jul 19, 2012 12:13 AM #2
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hey Shannon, these are all great ways to cool off. I love white water rafting and would be all over a white water adventure in your area. Tubing on the creek sounds like fun too...that's how we survived a recent trip to the Denver area - went tubing on Clear Creek in Golden for several days. It was a blast.

Jul 19, 2012 01:32 AM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Good list of things to do.

Thanks, Shannon, for your re-blog of my post today.

Keep cool and have a very productive day.

Jul 19, 2012 03:08 AM #4
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Shannon - It sounds like folks can spend the entire day at the James River in Richmond, great info!

Jul 19, 2012 11:45 PM #5
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

Michelle- thank you! The James River is a huge attraction here in our area. Any given day you will see people swimming, dogs romping around in the water, and awesome backgrounds of rapids and rocks.

Jul 20, 2012 03:32 AM #6
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