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Guided Tours and Instruction
Let Richmond’s many knowledgeable park experts get you in the know.
James River Park System Staff
JRPS staff offer regular activities and tours in the JRPS. From Salamander Salutations to Kayak Roll clinics, the calendar is full of events. To see the latest schedules, check out the Global James River Park Calendar. For special events, see the James River Advisory Council’s James River Days brochure for more river-related events than you can shake a fish at.
The mission of Beyond Boundaries is to offer individuals of all ability levels, no matter physical, cognitive or economic situation, the opportunity to experience outdoor activities with the surrounding community
Black Dog Paddle
Black Dog Paddle offers classes and equipment rental for a variety if water sports including Stand Up Paddleboarding and kayaking.
Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation
Chesterfield County offers paddle sports instruction of all types -- Sit-on-Top river trip, Whitewater Instruction, Swiftwater Safety and Rescue, canoeing. They also offer Rock Climbing at the Manchester Wall.
Discover the James
To see wildlife and history on the river that runs through Richmond and the James River Park System, contact Mike Ostrander. Eagle tours, guided fishing tours, photography tours, and Civil War tours are also offered.
Elegba Folklore Society
Elegba Folklore Society holds an annual Juneteenth celebration at Ancarrow’s Landing/Manchester Docks that includes an emotionally moving torchlit walk along the trail where enslaved Africans once walked. Additional tours are available by special arrangement. Call the Richmond Slave Trail Commission at (804) 698-1070. Occasionally the JRPS offers slave trail walks. Call (804) 649-8911.
Pump House Tours
Tours are given on Saturdays, 10-4 p.m. (weather permitting) April - October. Special tours or small group gatherings can be arranged by contacting Lyn.
Richmond Slave Trail
- City of Richmond Slave Trail Commission (PDF, brochure)
River City Adventures, LLC
Guided whitewater rafting, inflatable kayak, and tubing trips on the James River.
Guided whitewater rafting, guided canoe and kayak trips, tube and kayak and canoe rentals, and a shuttle make this a full-service operation on the James.
RVA Paddlesports offers whitewater rafting, kayaking instruction, and rentals for all levels of paddlers. Their kayak school has both group and private instruction to help paddlers reach their goals.
Richmond is fortunate to have so many knowledgeable outfitters and river experts.
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