The Great Outdoors

We’re the only U.S. city with Class IV rapids in the city limits—that in itself begs for an active community. But even beyond river sports like white-water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, and fishing, Richmonders have an uncanny—and for many people, unexpected—passion for the great outdoors.

Our mild winter weather and sunny summer days invite active lifestyles year-round. Members of the dedicated running and biking communities take over the streets and trails around the city on weekends. A local non-profit sports commission, Sports Backers, joins forces with local companies and organizations (like the Richmond Road Runners) to put on more than three dozen events each year. These events are open to people of all skill and experience levels.

Another thing we’ve got—parks. Parks on the river, historic parks, parks on the hills, wilderness parks … check out the best parks in the Richmond area.

Beyond the city limits, some of the most varied outdoor experiences await. To the east, both the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean offer water sports and beaches. To the west, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park, and the New River Gorge offer winter sports, camping, hiking, caving, and rafting. Check out Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine for more on adventures in the Southeast.

Visit some of the city, state, and national parks that Richmonders frequent:

Joining one of these organizations is a great way to get to know the trails in the area: