The Upper James River Water Trail

turtlesThe mighty James River begins its majestic journey in Botetourt County and winds through Rockbridge County, the Blue Ridge Mountains and southern Shenandoah Valley on its way to the Chesapeake Bay. The unspoiled beauty of the river is more accessible than ever through the Upper James River Water Trail. Paddlers, anglers and families can get back to nature and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Upper James and a portion of the Maury River. See the mountains like you’ve never seen them before on the Upper James River Water Trail.

 

Plan an unforgettable visit

Upper James River courtesy of Aaron Black-Schmidt
image courtesy of Aaron Black-Schmidt

The Upper James River Water Trail runs through Botetourt and Rockbridge counties. It offers paddlers breathtaking views as well as countless other ways to enjoy the mountains. Both counties are filled with outdoor recreation opportunities including fishing, hiking, mountain biking, road cycling and more.


When you’re not on the river, you’ll find authentic mountain towns to explore complete with historic sites, cozy lodging, great restaurants, craft beverages the kind of warm hospitality you’d expect in the mountains of Virginia.


 

 

Plan a getaway that your family and friends will remember forever:

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We couldn't agree more and thanks for the shout out!For great family fun, canoe, kayak or tube on the Upper James River Water Trail . It’s the perfect way to stay cool while enjoying the stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. upperjamesriverwatertrail.com ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago
We couldnt agree more and thanks for the shout out!

August is National Water Quality Month. While one of our goals is to encourage visitation and recreation on the Upper James River, we always encourage responsible practices like Leave No Trace. We appreciate all the outdoor enthusiasts, paddlers and anglers who care so much about protecting the James and Maury rivers. Together, we'll ensure that future generations enjoy these natural treasures. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Our latest e-newsletter is out. We take a look at the health benefits of paddling plus the origin of the term "Dog Days of Summer." Tag a friend who enjoys canoeing, kayaking, tubing or fishing. mailchi.mp/d1c37a58a14d/stay-cool-during-the-dog-days-of-summer ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
Our latest e-newsletter is out. We take a look at the health benefits of paddling plus the origin of the term Dog Days of Summer. Tag a friend who enjoys canoeing, kayaking, tubing or fishing. https://mailchi.mp/d1c37a58a14d/stay-cool-during-the-dog-days-of-summer

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