James River Water Levels

Westham Gauge
Gauge Height: 6.00'
Flow: 8260 cfps

Trail Conditions: Richmond

  • Should be able to locate some street parking this early. Don't have to pay meters on weekends

Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 5:48am
Low Tide: 1:12pm

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Richmond needs votes in BRO’s “Best of” competition

August 6, 2012 9:55am

I’m not saying Richmond definitely won Outside Magazine’s “Best Town Ever” contest — the winner will be featured on the front of the October issue — but I know this: The world’s leading outdoor lifestyle mag sent a writer and a photographer here for three and four days each a couple of weeks ago. That seems like a lot of effort and money to put in to featuring a city that didn’t win the big prize. We won’t know for sure until some time in September, when the winning city will be notified, but if I had to bet, I’d put my money on the RVA.

In the meantime, there’s another contest outdoor lovers in the area need to gear up for. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine has opened voting in three categories: “Best Small Mountain Town,” “Best Mid-Size Mountain Town,” and “Best Outdoor City.” Richmond is currently in second behind Chattanooga in the last category, but we have a lot of ground to make up. Richmond currently has 640 votes to Chattanooga’s 1,826. That’s okay, though. There’s plenty of time to make up the shortfall. Tell your friends and neighbors and get voting!

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?