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Riverside Dr and E Rockfalls Dr, Richmond, VA | Directions 2323537.559098 -77.533823
Neighborhoods: Stratford Hills, Stratford Hills - Stony Point
SUPER CROWDED ON WARM WEEKENDS! – When spring and summer approaches, prepare for the crowds. this is the best alternative to driving to the beach. some budget-conscious students will drop on in to take a dip in the cooling water or lay out on the beautiful rocks. A fun time for those who dare to attempt the rapids in an innertube or raft. Do not wear expensive necklaces or watches or you may lose them!
Awesome park, but beware of the loose dogs! – Nice walking trails, great for jogging or birdwatching ( good hawk spotting). But recently this park has turned into a dog park- 30-50 loose dogs on the weekends, so be careful. I can't understand why the leash law cannot be enforced around Richmond- particularly in this park. But I recommend the park, and a popular swimming spot in the 'dog' days of summer!
Richmond's best riverside playground and a prime spot for bird-watching. – Overview
People of all ages float in the river on inner tubes on scorching summer days, while birdwatchers tote binoculars to catch glimpses of warblers and the occasional bald eagle. Novice kayakers practice surfing the rapids while other folks experience the best urban fishing around. Expect lots of families getting in some quality time on the weekends.
Sunbathe, picnic, soak your feet in the water until your toes shrivel. Pony Pasture is also a great spot to hike since it has plenty of trails and fields. It's always a good idea to wear tennis shoes, since you'll have to do some jumping from rock to rock--but once you're there you can spread out and enjoy the best of what the James has to offer. Keep in mind that the James has some strong currents, so it's usually not a good idea to go for a full-fledged swim.
the best river park on the james – not too much to say, its a very fun park, especially if you can get out there on a weekday when its not super crowded. The water is not too clean, i know more then one person that has gotten some sort of bacterial infection on their mouths of skin. If they could clean the water quality up it would be great
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