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Falls of the James

From $99 *Lunch Included* No other fees

The Falls of the James Trip

*Beginning in July, the summer river level is typically too low for the first 1/2 of this trip to be worth your time and money. So beginning in July we recommend the Lower River trip for more time spent in the bigger rapids having a blast!

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 U.S. running through the heart of a city center.

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!

* Professional photos of your trip will available for download at Smile!!

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

Quick Facts


Pony Pasture to 14th Street


3 1/2 hour duration

River Rating

Class II-IV

Skill Level



10+ (Subject to change based on river conditions)


$99 - Lunch Included (no other fees)


$109 - Lunch Included (no other fees)


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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

Falls of the James

Our flagship whitewater rafting trip down the Upper and Lower sections of the James River. Lunch provided

Pony Pasture to 14th Street
Starting at $99 *Lunch Included* No other fees
Min. age 10 (may be higher in high water conditions)
Lower River Rafting Trip

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

Boulevard Bridge to 14th Street
Starting at $73- No other fees
Min. age 10 (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 $73- No other fees
Min. age 5 (may be higher in high water conditions)
Evening Trip

Take advantage of this unique offering to enjoy RO's Lower River Raft trip amid a beautiful RVA evening. Awash in the gold, orange and pink of a gorgeous summer evening sky, we'll plunge through the lit-up cityscape of downtown.

Reedy Creek to 14th Street
$79/person- No other fees
Min. age 10 (may be higher in high water conditions)
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