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Falls of the James

The Falls of the James Trip

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.

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!

**Customers and staff are required to wear masks at all times indoors and whenever they are within 6′ of another person outdoors that they are not cohabitating with regardless of vaccination status until further notice. That includes while on our property, in the shuttle vehicle, and while walking through the park to/from the river. The exception to this rule is that customers and staff will not wear masks while on the river. Your guide will safely store your party’s masks once you access the river… they will then return the masks to you at the takeout to be worn on the shuttle ride back to the shop and on property**

*It is important to note that your party members may be in a raft with members of other parties
*We continue to monitor staff health including mandatory touch-less temperature checks for all staff members each morning
*We continue to utilize an outdoor check-in desk and customer seating areas so as to limit the amount of time spent indoors to the use of the restroom
*We continue to disinfect gear and equipment (vans, etc.) between uses
*Hand sanitizing and washing stations abound

* 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

Route:

Pony Pasture to 14th Street


Time

3 1/2 hour duration


River Rating

Class II-IV


Skill Level

Beginner


Age

10+ (Subject to change based on river conditions)

Prices

$76

Weekdays

$86

Weekends

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Reviews

  • “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. *only available through June 30th*

Pony Pasture to 14th Street
Starting at $76
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 $61
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 $61
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
$71/person
Min. age 10 (may be higher in high water conditions)
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