Things To Do

Within and along the James River Park System, opportunities abound for strolling, whitewater rafting, paddling, fishing, tubing, hiking, mountain biking, trail-running, swimming, sunbathing, bird-watching, picnicking, rock climbing, rock-hopping, dog-walking, nature study, photography, even recreational tree climbing, snorkeling, camps, and other guided activities.

The risk is yours

Of course, as a natural area with twisty trails, rugged rocks, a raging river, and more, the park has dangers within it. Use caution while in the park. It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway, that you engage in these (and other) activities at your own risk.

  • Walks/Runs
  • Mountain Biking
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing and Kayaking
  • Paddleboarding and Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Rock Climbing
  • Recreational Tree Climbing
  • Birding
  • Tours and Camps

BYO Picnic

There are no concessions in the park, so it’s a bring your own picnic kind of place. If you do bring food and drink with you, remember that glass containers and alcohol are prohibited, and please use the trash and recycling containers provided or pack out your trash.

Organized Activities

JRPS Adventure Recreation Program

The park offers year-round, staff-lead, recreational opportunities to individuals of all ages. For dates, times and locations or direct links to registration by date, see the JRP Calendar.

Many other organizations also hold events throughout the year in and around the park. To see the latest events, check out the JRP Calendar.

tubing on the james


Richmond - Relaxed or Revved Up

Relaxation and rejuvenation are the environmentally friendly by-products of the muscle-powered activities available in the middle of Richmond.