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Gauge Height: 5.95'
Flow: 8070 cfps
Above 5' life jacket required

Trail Conditions: Richmond

James River Park System trails are ready for your two wheels
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 3:48am
Low Tide: 11:06am

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Enthusiastic Crowd Packs the House for Richmond Trail Forum

The first Richmond Trail Forum took place Wednesday night at the Byrd Park Round House before an enthusiastic overflow crowd of more than 100 people. Many identified themselves as cyclists, …

By Phil Riggan | February 2, 2017 | Posted In: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Running, Trail Running

Richmond Trails Forum to Address City’s Growing Outdoors Network

Richmond offers plenty of recreational choices for anyone who wants to get outdoors. Its network of trails is extremely popular and has helped bring several beneficial economic events to Richmond, including …

By Phil Riggan | January 15, 2017 | Posted In: Hiking, James River, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Upcoming Events

Voting for Green Spaces in Henrico

In the Op/Ed section of Tuesday’s Times-Dispatch, Sports Backers Executive Director Jon Lugbill clues us in to something all Henrico voters should keep an eye out for in the ballot …

By Andy Thompson | November 2, 2016 | Posted In: Birding, Environment, Fishing, Greenways, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running

‘Hike for Kids’ an Adventure for the Whole Family

If you’ve got a hole in your schedule for the upcoming weekend, I’ve got an event your outdoorsy family will love. The Blue Sky Fund is an East End-based nonprofit which …

By Andy Thompson | October 10, 2016 | Posted In: Hiking, James River, Upcoming Events

High Bridge Trail State Park Offers Variety of Great Ways to Explore Farmville

This past weekend I spent the day hiking and biking the High Bridge Trail State Park in and around Farmville. The weather was perfect and the trip wound up being …

By Phil Riggan | September 29, 2016 | Posted In: Greenways, Hiking, Road Biking

Not So Secret, Secret Spot: Chapel Island

Hello trailheads, the weather has been funky out there lately and it’d be nice to see some consistency come along. This should keep you in the mood to continue checking out spots …

By Veronica Reddic | May 1, 2016 | Posted In: Features, Hiking, James River

Say “No!” to Muddy Paws

Summer is over once again, and the cooler weather is becoming dismal and dreary more often than not. All the autumn and winter rains can foul up your best plans …

By Harmony Sullivan | December 1, 2015 | Posted In: Features, Hiking

Urban Adventure After Dark (With Your Dog)

As the daylight hours dwindle, it can be a challenge to get your dog out for a nice walk in the sunshine, especially if you work until 5 or 6 …

By Beth Harris | November 13, 2015 | Posted In: Features, Hiking

Tuckahoe Creek Park to be Completed by April

Years ago, I wrote a column in the Times-Dispatch about Tuckahoe Creek on the Henrico/Goochland line, describing it as a hidden gem more accessible for wildlife than humans. Well, it …

By Andy Thompson | October 30, 2015 | Posted In: Environment, Fishing, Hiking, Paddling

Henrico, Chesterfield Candidates Questioned on Bike/Ped Issues

The Sports Backers have come out with a handy map in an effort to educate Chesterfield and Henrico County residents on where their Board of Supervisors candidates stand on walking …

By Andy Thompson | October 28, 2015 | Posted In: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Road Biking

New JRPS Audio Tours Feature Ralph White

On a recent mountain bike ride, James River Park Superintendent Nathan Burrell told me about some audio tours recently developed featuring of different places in the JRPS. They’re narrated by …

By Andy Thompson | October 8, 2015 | Posted In: Environment, Hiking, James River

Va. Capital Trail: ‘It’s a Place to Exhale’

I spent a good part of yesterday morning on an old school bus, chugging down Route 5 next to the brand spanking new Virginia Capital Trail. I was part of a …

By Andy Thompson | September 30, 2015 | Posted In: Greenways, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Road running, Running, Trail Running

Take a Walk in the Woods and Support RVA’s Urban Youth

In the dark predawn of October 17th, a small crew of hikers will be preparing. They’ll don their headlamps, eat breakfast, and stretch before hitting the trail — the start …

By Brett Stonecipher | September 3, 2015 | Posted In: Hiking, Upcoming Events

Destination Nepal – Before & After the Earthquake

  In 2011, I spent over three months in Nepal traveling and kayaking in various remote areas.  During that time I developed a strong connection and marvel for a country …

By Patrick Griffin | June 10, 2015 | Posted In: Climbing, Features, Hiking, Paddling, Upcoming Events

‘Nibi Walk’ Offers Spiritual Healing for James River

On May 11, a group of Indigenous women began a 340-mile, 12-day “Nibi Water Walk” along the James River to honor the river and pray for its health. The James …

By Andy Thompson | May 19, 2015 | Posted In: Hiking, James River

Update: James River Park Visitation, Improvements

Over the weekend the T-D’s Rex Springston wrote a piece about huge visitation numbers at the James River Park over the past year. It’s a story we’ve been on top …

By Andy Thompson | February 10, 2015 | Posted In: Hiking, James River

Video: “Buttermilk East” taking shape above the James

Greg Rollins, president of mountain bike advocacy and trail building group Richmond MORE, sent me this video yesterday to share with the readership. When I first wrote about the …

By Andy Thompson | January 15, 2015 | Posted In: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running

‘Friends’ report: JRPS usage dwarfs other area attractions

If you’re a James River Park System user, you might already know about the Friends of the James River Park and the regular newsletter they send out. It’s full of valuable information …

By Andy Thompson | December 4, 2014 | Posted In: Birding, Climbing, Fishing, Hiking, James River, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Trail Running

Riverfront park offers abundant solitude

According to the federal government, the greater Richmond area has a population of about 1.3 million. I cite this because, with this large number of people, I’m always surprised when …

By Leonard Adkins | November 11, 2014 | Posted In: Birding, Features, Hiking

Update: Texas Beach boardwalk completed ahead of schedule

Two weekends ago, Lynchburg native, carpenter and batteau builder Andrew Shaw (and crew) delivered a heap of lumber to the Texas Beach section of the James River Park via multiple …

By Andy Thompson | November 4, 2014 | Posted In: Hiking, James River, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
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