James River Park

Richmond's Natural Playground

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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

  • Help Expand the Park!

    We have an immediate opportunity to expand the Park, and we need you to help us make it happen! The available parcel is a 4.5-acre piece of land, known as the Brander Street Property, that sits between Ancarrow’s Landing and I-95.

  • Help Us Conduct a Litter Survey!

    For Earth Day, we’re doing a special kind of cleanup – a Litter Survey – and we need your help!

  • The Wood River Run – Just Get Outside

    We’re swiftly coming up on our third year as organizers of the Wood River Run. Since getting involved in 2022, the Wood River Run has become one of our signature events.

  • Farewell to a Giant

    For years the buck named Prince by local residents or also known as the Hollywood Buck was like a friend we were always happy to see.

  • Richmond Invasive Species Awareness Week (RISAW)

    Richmond Invasive Species Awareness Week, Sunday, March 3rd – Saturday March 9th, seeks to educate and empower the community to tackle the growing threat posed by invasive species to our local ecosystems.

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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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