Richmond Outdoors​

The James River is one of Richmond, VA’s greatest natural resources. With rafting, whitewater kayaking, swimming, tubing and guided tours, there’s something for everyone on the river. Prefer to stay dry? Head out on a bike tour or to a Virginia State Park for hiking, horseback riding or mountain bikingDominion Riverrock is the country’s largest outdoor music and sports festival and takes place every May on Brown’s Island along the banks of the James.

There's something to do in the great outdoors year round in the Richmond region. Looking for an adrenaline rush: whitewater kayak or raft on the nation’s only class IV urban rapids or hit the James River Park System and Pocahontas State park trails on a mountain bike. Grab a costume and run the country’s most fun 10k, the Monument Ave. 10k or go on a guided bike tour of street art and the river.

Get Outdoors in Richmond

Bike, raft, hike, run and climb your way through the Richmond Region.

Elevated RVA

The Richmond Region is full of hikes and climbs that novices to experts will find fun. Forest Hill Park trails connect to Buttermilk and North Bank offering hikers gorgeous views while staying close to downtown. Pocahontas State Park, Pony Pasture and Henricus are perfect for quieter hikes. The Manchester Climbing wall offers a unique chance to climb with the skyline as a backdrop while climbers can hone their skills on Belle Isle walls and boulders. Climb inside at Peak Experiences or catch the pros as they compete every year at Dominion Riverrock on Brown’s Island.

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Bicycles in Richmond VA

Richmond burst onto the international cycling stage as host to the 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships. This nine-day event, think the World Cup for cycling, showed off Richmond’s historic, cobbled climbs like Libby Hill and our biking culture to the world. Want to take a bike tour of street art in Richmond? We’ve got that. You can rent mountain bikes from Riverside Outfitters on Brown’s Island, ride a party bike from brewery to brewery or rent a road bike to scoot around. We’ve got Bell Built downhill and flow tracks for mountain bikers at Pocahontas State Park and old school single track. How you bike Richmond VA is totally up to you.

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Green Space in the RVA

The Richmond Region’s James River Park system is a well-developed and maintained playground with everything from kayaking and rafting to hidden spots to enjoy a picnic and read a book. A farmers market takes over Forest Hill Park every Saturday morning, though its running creeks and pond are worth a visit any day. Hadad’s Lake is a throwback to mid-century adventure parks with rope swings and slides. Huguenot Park and Pocahontas State Park are perfect for calm walks and Pony Pasture is popular for running and taking a dip in the river. In 2016, Virginia State Parks are celebrating their 80th birthday, while the National Park System turns 100 years old. Richmond National Battlefield Park and Maggie Walker National Historic Site are Richmond VA’s National Park treasures.

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Events Outside

The Richmond Region is home to exciting outdoor events year-round with runs, adventure races, road bike rides and races and everything in between. Whether you want to get into the game, watch the pros work or hang out with friends, there's an outdoor event in Richmond for you.

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