The Park » Books & Pamphlets

Read a Pamphlet

These pamphlets, written by Park Manager Emeritus Ralph White, are available for download below. Titles include:

Fishing the Falls of the James

Seeing the Scars of Slavery in the Natural Environment

Wheelchair Accessible Tour of Shockoe Slip: From Top to Bottom

An Interpretive Guide to Belle Isle

A Walk on the Wall: An Interpretive Guide to the Richmond Floodwall

An Interpretive Guide to the Geology of the James River

Welcome to Pump House Park

An Interpretive Guide to the Wetlands Section of the James River Park System

Pony Pasture Rapids Nature Walk

Disaster Zone: Ecology of a Floodplain

Snorkeling in the City

Listen to an Audio Tour

Explore the secrets of the James River Parks’ unique geology with mobile audio tours! You’ll hear about what you are seeing, how it got there, and some of the reasons why the JRPS is special and worth preserving. Former James River Park Manager Emeritus Ralph White narrates these guided tours, which were produced by Anne Wright for Science In The Park and developed by sound artist Vaughn Whitney Garland with financial support from The Friends of the James River Park. Follow along on your mobile device, guided by live mapping.

Purchase a River Book

If you’re looking for a little river reading, we recommend the following:

  • At the Falls: Richmond, Virginia and Its People, Marie Tyler McGraw (buy online)
  • Falls of the James, David D. Ryan (find online)
  • In River Time, Ann Woodlief
  • Insiders’ Guide to Richmond, Maureen Egan (buy online)
  • The James River in Richmond, John Bryan (find in a library)
  • Nonesuch Place: A History of the Richmond Landscape, T. Tyler Potterfield (buy online)
  • Richmond Burning, Nelson D. Lankford (buy online)
  • True Richmond Stories, Harry Kollatz, Jr. (buy online)
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