Falls of the James

The Falls of the James Trip *only available through June 30th*

Our signature whitewater rafting trip down the Falls of the James through Richmond’s urban forest. It combines the Upper section (smaller rapids) and Lower section (bigger rapids) of the river for the full experience. Tackle the only Class IV white water rapids in the country running through the heart of an urban landscape. See why Outside Magazine named Richmond the Best River Town in the U.S. in 2012.

We’ll put-in around the Pony Pasture section of the James River Park and get the chance to see bald eagles, great blue herons, turtles, gar, and other wildlife as we enjoy a gourmet boxed lunch from Caffespresso on one of the many river islands. Then, as we turn the corner at Belle Isle, we’ll emerge from what seems like a secluded forest into the skyline of downtown Richmond. Get ready to shoot the big water and surf the gnarly waves! We’ll end the trip at the 14th St. Takeout by historic Shockoe Slip…then it’s back to the Riverside Outfitters shop for a beverage and some front porch sittin’…a great way to end a great trip!

* Each member of your party must be at least 10 years old, at least 4'6" tall, and at least 90 lbs. In the event we question whether a customer meets these requirements, we may need to ensure their ability to sit properly in a raft and fit into our PFD (life jacket). If they do not, they may not be able to take this trip

* If you don't see dates/times available, please feel free to call the shop at 804-560-0068 during business hours

* In the event we cannot secure a guide for your trip (higher potential for bookings made within 48 hours of the trip), we will contact you asap to give you the option of rescheduling or receiving a refund *

Quick Facts


Pony Pasture to 14th Street


3 1/2 hour duration (starts at 9 a.m.)

River Rating

Class II-IV

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  • “I can’t tell you how great my experience was…the day and the weather were just perfect. I had a chance to swim during the first part of the trip. Because of inexperienced people like me and my friends, a couple of us lost balance and fell in the water during one of the class 4 rapids…and our guides Mike and Ryan were calm and composed and helped us get back on the boat!”
  • “Went rafting on the James River at 12 feet high water, awesome experience. Had a friend from Toronto visiting Richmond, and he was thrilled to see the adventurous side of our city. Well managed, friendly guides ( High five to Mike )…. overall a tremendous value, so we will be back again!”

All Guided Rafting Adventures

Lower River Rafting Trip

Our most popular raft trip...take the plunge through the bigger rapids downtown!

Boulevard Bridge to 14th Street
Starting at $59
Min. age 10 (may be higher in high water conditions)
Falls of the James

Our flagship whitewater rafting trip down the Upper and Lower sections of the James River. *only available through June 30th*

Pony Pasture to 14th Street
Starting at $74
Min. age 10 (may be higher in high water conditions)

'Mini Me' Raft Trip

The smaller the boat the bigger the rush! Want to get the most thrills out of your raft trip? Hop on a 4-person mini raft to get even more up close and personal with big whitewater!

Boulevard Bridge to 14th St.
$69 Weekdays, $79 Weekends
Min. age 12 (may be higher in high water conditions)
Upper River Rafting Trip

If you have children between the ages of 5 and 10 and/or if you're looking for a more chill ride with smaller waves, plenty of awesome scenery and swimming, the Upper River trip is for you!

Pony Pasture to Reedy Creek
Starting at $59
Min. age 5 (may be higher in high water conditions)
Friday Sunset Trip

Take advantage of this unique offer to enjoy Riverside's Pipeline Express raft trip amid a beautiful RVA sunset. Awash in the gold, orange and pink of a gorgeous summer sunset.

Tredegar Pool to 14th Street
Min. age 10 (may be higher in high water conditions)
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