Experience this one of a kind, classic run of urban whitewater consisting of class II-IV rapids! Take a trip down the historic fall line today!
Falls of the James Whitewater Rafting
- Weekdays Per Person
- Weekends (Sat - Sun) Per Person
Explore the Whole James River
Raft the entire Falls of the James River from Pony Pasture to 14th St, enjoying the beautiful scenery, the city skyline, and thrilling rapids!
We will spend about 4 hours on the water and have plenty of time for relaxing and soaking in the scenery.
We will meet you at the Park14th parking lot in the convenient paid, paved parking lot we have reserved before shuttling up to our put-in point about eight miles upriver. You will get outfitted with helmets, PFDs, and paddles before receiving a safety briefing from the trip leader.
Starting at Pony Pasture, we will paddle the Class I-II Upper James rapids, including Pony Pasture, Choo Choo, and Mitchell’s Gut. We will then stop to relax and eat lunch on one of the river’s many islands. After lunch, we will tackle the Class III-IV Lower James rapids of Hollywood, Fish Ladders, and Pipeline. Once we get off the water, you will be right back at your car! After you dry off, you will be within walking distance of Downtown Richmond’s best restaurants including Bottoms Up Pizza and Siné Irish Pub.
Options for Lunch
When checking out, there will be a drop down menu with two options for lunch, a chicken salad wrap or a hummus and veggie wrap. You must select an option if you would like us to bring lunch for you. Lunch is an extra 10 dollars, and is not automatically included in your booking.
Towels, change of clothes, camera, swimwear, hat, sunglasses, river footwear, sunscreen, water bottle, bag lunch
Raft, paddles, helmets, PFDs, safety equipment, shuttle, guides, photographers
If you follow the directions from the link above, you will find yourself directed to this parking lot. The signs will say that you need to pay to park, but we have already paid for you! Feel free to pull up to the locations starred on the overview below. If you are having difficulties viewing the image, the stars are located in the far back left corner and in front of the last median located in the back right corner of the lot.
In the event of cold weather, RVA Paddlesports will provide the following for no extra charge:
- Splash tops
- Wetsuits (size XXS-XXL)
- Booties (size 5-13 unisex)
- Hot cocoa