Explore the Park: Pumphouse

Things to do Here

Bird Watching
Hiking & Walking
Scenic Views
Historic Site

The building at Pumphouse Park is an impressive Gothic Victorian structure built with beautiful granite in 1882. It once pumped water from the James to meet Richmond’s water needs. In addition to wooded trails, visitors can view three historic canals, two granite canal locks, and an 18th Century archway celebrating a visit from George Washington.

Use caution when crossing the wooden bridges that span the canals. There is no access to the James River from Pumphouse Park.

Fast Facts

feeding byrd park

The northernmost canal, the Power Feeder Canal, fed water uphill to Byrd Park.

First in America

The middle canal system, the Kanawha, offered passage around the rapids, and began the James River Canal System, the first in the U.S.


Open from sunrise to sunset every day.

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