A group of whitewater rafters paddling on the James River


All trips are led by certified trip leaders and are offered at student friendly prices. Weekend trips from day to one or two nights at locations within a few hours drive. Trips are open to VCU students and RecWell members.

Click the titles below to view full descriptions, trip costs, and register. Registration closes the day of the trip. 

Please review our Trip Policies and Procedures.

Fall 2023 Trips

Activity Dates Register by
Backpacking Weekend October 20-22 October 13
Backpacking Weekend November 18-21 November 10
Paddle and Paint  September 16 September 8
Day Caving September 30 September 22
Day Caving October 28 October 20
Blue Ridge Day Hike September 17 September 8
Canoe Camping November 4-5 October 27
Sea Kayaking Weekend September 2-3 August 25

Fall 2023 Weekly Activities

Click on the activity name to register. Register up to the time of the activity.

Activity Day Dates Time
Beginners Whitewater Kayaking and SUP Clinics  Tuesdays 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31  3:00 - 6:00 p.m. 
Whitewater Rafting Thursdays 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 3:00-7:00 p.m.
Flatwater Paddling Wednesday 8/30, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. 
Adventure Photography Clinic   9/29, 10/7 2:45
Spoon Carving Bike Ride   10/27  

Custom Trips at Rice Rivers Center 

RecWell's Outdoor Adventure Program is partnering with the VCU Rice Rivers Center to offer custom group trips at the 500-acre facility along the lower James.  With direct access to the James River, a boat launch for canoes to access the tidal creek, and the recent opening of the Inger Rice Lodge that can sleep up to 22 people, the Rice Rivers Center is a perfect location. Contact outdoors@vcu.edu for more information.