1. James River Park System
What is it: This sprawling urban park follows the James River from one end of the city to the other. It’s the only place in the country where you can tackle class III and IV rapids in a city setting, or hang out on a pedestrian bridge and just watch adventurous rafters run the rapids.
Why go: From Belle Isle—a former Civil War internment camp now known for its hiking trails—to the Floodwall with its skyline views, the park system offers a multitude of ways to experience Richmond’s river.