James River Park

Richmond's Natural Playground

We are citizen stewards of the James River Park. We provide ongoing support for conservation, enhancement, and recreational enjoyment of the James River Park, while protecting its natural and historic environments.

Today in the Park


Know the river level before venturing into the James River. Life jackets are strongly recommended at all water levels due to swift currents, hazards, and unknown depths. River levels between 4 – 5.5ft are ideal for paddle sports, swimming, and other river recreation, while levels above 6ft are much more hazardous. Click on each icon to explore conditions and events in the Park today.

River Level

Check the James River levels from the Westham Gauge before your trip


The River below Richmond is affected by ocean tides

Trail Conditions

Find out if it's too muddy to bike or hike today


Plan for sun and fun, and prepare for potential rain


See what's happening in & around the Park

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This 600-acre urban oasis is a pristine bit of wilderness in the heart off Richmond.

News from the park

  • Run For the Park!

    Dominion, one of our sponsors for the Wood River Run, is back with another 5K, and we could get 100% of your registration fee!

  • A Note on Our Fiscal Year

    All of our work can be broken down into the 3 areas of our mission- Protect, Expand, and Enhance. Here are some of the ways we used the funds we were given to make a difference this year.

  • Camera to Canvas Returns!

    We are excited to be planning Camera to Canvas 2024, and we hope to see many of you there. The event this year will take place on September 13th at Willow Oaks Country Club.

  • About the Belle Isle Gateway

    You might have read an article this week about the Belle Isle Nature Exploration Area. I wanted to clarify a few things.

  • Where’s the Osprey Cam?

    River conditions and the behavior of the birds have made repairs difficult.

    James River Park Live Cams

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    Meet Our Latest Parkstars

    Every month the Friends of James River Park features an individual, recognizing them for their outstanding contributions to the park and the organization. These are our ParkStars.

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    To report an emergency please call 911 immediately. Please use this form to report an issue in the Park such as maintenance or trail issues. Thank you.

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