Contact Us - Parks & Recreation

1209 Admiral Street 
Richmond, VA
23220 USA

Email: Ask Parks and Recreation

Phone(804) 646-5733

Inclement Weather Line Number: (804) 646-0751

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James River Park System

4001 Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23225

Notice: Pedestrian Bridge at Texas Beach is closed. For more information, please click here

Richmond's largest park, the James River Park System, is a linear park that spans the City from west to east along both sides of the James River from Huguenot Flatwater to Ancarrow’s Landing. The 600-acre park is an area of natural beauty, Richmond history, and adventure recreation unlike that found in any other city in the country. Richmond is the only urban city in the country with Class IV white water rapids in the middle of downtown. It is internationally known as the site of the XTERRA triathlon and has been recognized as the Southeast's Best Urban Park and named Best in Dirt for its running trails.

Recognizing its great value, in 2009 the city placed a conservation easement on the park, legally protecting it from development. With its headquarters at Reedy Creek Nature Center, the park includes four public boat ramps, two rock climbing sites, more than 20 miles of trails, and four seasons of dramatic urban and natural scenery.

For more information, a park map can be accessed online and is available free of charge at Reedy Creek Nature Center.

When water levels are at 5 feet and above, all river users should wear or carry a personal flotation device (PFD) on their watercraft. When water levels are at 9 feet or above, only expert paddlers should use the river recreationally.  For more information on river safety, click here.

Important Information:

Park Rules

  • Park hours are from sunrise to sunset daily
  • Glass is prohibited in city parks
  • No parking on the grass
  • No amplified music without a special permit
  • Off Leash dogs are allowed only in the following areas:
    • Barker Field Dog Park
    • Northside Dog Park
    • Chimborazoo Dog Park
  • No alcoholic beverages are allowed in city parks
  • No open fires are allowed outside of park fireplaces and grills
  • No golf or archery is allowed in city parks
  • No tents, stages or other special apparatus is allowed without a permit
  • No cutting of park trees or shrubs in city parks is allowed