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Pony Pasture Park (James River Park System)

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While it can be overcrowded and some riff-raff may be raging around, the PP is a fun place to cool... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Richmond, Virginia
Nature, relaxation and fun

This is the perfect place to relax, enjoy nature and splash around in the water. The more... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2018
Linda B
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4301 Riverside Dr, Richmond, VA 23219
+1 804-646-8911
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While it can be overcrowded and some riff-raff may be raging around, the PP is a fun place to cool off in the early Fall and late Spring.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

This is the perfect place to relax, enjoy nature and splash around in the water. The more adventuresome can kayak or paddle board, the more timid can wade in the shallows . The nature trails are fun to explore as well. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Linda B
Reviewed August 12, 2018

A photographers haven.....all various scenes of nature....and, if you enjoy being in the water, the river lends to all kinds of activity....fishing, canoeing, kayaking, etc.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Harry M
Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

So much fun to come here with a picnic and find a large rock to situate yourself on... enjoy a morning of swimming and tubing. Easy to explore. Fun with kids. Highly recommend!!!!

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Helen T
Reviewed June 20, 2018

Fun to walk along the river in this lovely spot. Some access to water and water sports. Arrive early on weekends since parking is limited and location is popular James River destination.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Shenandoah3
Reviewed April 23, 2018

When you park at the Pony Pasture lot, you have lots of options for getting in a hike alongside the river. You can meander through the cool green riverside woods on trails kept pretty clean from overgrowth by both the parks service and plenty of...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Cindy M
Reviewed March 13, 2018

Pony Pasture Park is a local hangout. Locals come to enjoy the water, sun and enjoy family time. if you like lay on rocks, soak in the sun and have a very relaxing stress free day.. This is the place for you..

Date of experience: June 2017
3  Thank fruitb0wlk
Reviewed January 23, 2018

I came here at sunset one evening - and the views are breathtaking. It was so quiet when I went, so that made it even more beautiful!

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank 656allisons
Reviewed December 13, 2017

This park turns out to be a good "put-in" point for kayaking on the James River in Richmond. As you make your way, paddling down the river, you encounter a series of white water rapids. Some of these rapids involve large rocks. Behind the large...More

Date of experience: January 2017
1  Thank Peterharris32
Reviewed December 6, 2017

We love being active and we often park at PP. From there you can run the trails or run the roads with some killer hills. We also will bike out the area b/c there is plenty of parking. James River Rafting also works out of...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Carrie L
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Steven S
February 22, 2015|
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Response from Virgola09 | Reviewed this property |
One or two near the parking lot. Nothing fancy. For pic nic, especially with children I recommend Belle Isle.